Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Hay: Does Fertilization Matter?

January 18, 2017

Q. Should I look for hay that comes from a fertilized or unfertilized field? In what ways would the nutrition be affected? Does fertilizing the field increase the protein content of the hay? What are appropriate questions to ask regarding the hay?

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How Much Grain Should I Feed My Colic-Prone Horse?

January 15, 2017

Q. An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.

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Collecting Colostrum

January 13, 2017

Q. How can you collect colostrum and save it for future use, and how long can you keep it? A veterinarian weighs in.

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Caudal Heel Pain or Navicular: What's the Right Term?

January 11, 2017

Q. A veterinarian explains terms often used to describe horses with front-limb lameness that might be associated with the navicular bone.

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Scared Horse? Try Counter-Conditioning

January 04, 2017

Q. Learn how to teach your horse an alternate response to triggering stimuli.

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Why is the Frog of My Horse's Foot Falling Off?

December 28, 2016

Q. A veterinarian who’s also a certified farrier explains frog exfoliation and what you should do if it happens to your horse.

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Watching the Herd

December 21, 2016

Q. I've read several articles that suggest watching your horse in the pasture to learn more about the herd's social structure and horse behavior in general. What are some specific things I should watch for?

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Equine Behavior Changes Before Death

December 14, 2016

Q. Have horses been known to show significant behavior changes right before death? If so, why does this happen?

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Spooky Objects: To Dwell or Not to Dwell

December 07, 2016

Q. Should you let a horse dwell on a spooky object?

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Are Appeasing Pheromones Effective in Horses?

November 30, 2016

Q. Can you explain more about the effectiveness and availability of appeasing pheromones that can be rubbed in the nostrils of a horse to help reduce nervousness and anxiety?

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Is There Such Thing as a Highly Sensitive Horse?

November 23, 2016

Q. Is it possible that some horses, like people, are born with a highly sensitive nervous system?

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Mare and Foal Nutrition

November 16, 2016

Q. When feeding my mare and her 7-month-old foal, should I add and/or substitute alfalfa pellets or beet pulp to meet their calcium requirements?

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Equine Pelvic Fracture Prognosis

November 09, 2016

Q. I have a 5-year-old mare that was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, based on symptoms, in December 2013. She has now been off for 1 1/2 years. Is it worth a shot to attempt to bring her back again?

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Can I Use the Bovine Lepto Vaccine on My Horse?

November 02, 2016

Q. I've been using Leptoferm 5 (the leptospirosis vaccine for swine and cattle) on my horses to get broad-spectrum coverage. Why do you never recommend this, as I’ve been using it for decades after having lost some foals to leptospirosis previously?

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My Horse Lost a 'Baby Tooth.' Should I Be Concerned?

October 26, 2016

Q. My long yearling Dutch Warmblood mare knocked her tooth out so severely that it had to be removed by my vet. What is the long-term prognosis for a young horse losing a tooth prematurely?

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Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

October 19, 2016

Q. Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight?

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Unbridled Discomfort

October 12, 2016

Q. My Warmblood mare is "reverse bridle shy." She's worried the bit is going to clank her teeth, so she throws her head … and it clanks her teeth. What can I do to help this habit?

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The Science Behind 'Licking and Chewing' in Horses

October 05, 2016

Q. What does "licking and chewing" really mean?

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Help! Something Bit My Horse

September 28, 2016

Q. Rabies is a concern when horses are bitten by unknown animals. Find out how to protect your horse.

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How Does Arena Footing Affect an Athletic Horse's Longevity?

September 21, 2016

Q. An equine sports medicine specialist shares how footing can impact soundness and offers footing selection advice.

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How Old is My Pony?

September 14, 2016

Q. I have a pony who is a rescue, and I have no idea how old he is, which limits what I can do with him. Can you possibly shed some light on how I can estimate his age?

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Feeding a Senior Hinny

September 07, 2016

Q. I have a 30-year-old hinny who is very skinny and is losing weight. Is there anything that I could give him to make him more comfortable, help him gain weight, and not cause him harm?

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Obsessed with Salt

August 31, 2016

Q. My new 2-year-old filly is obsessively licking and biting her salt block. Does this suggest there's a problem with her diet or health, and can she hurt herself by consuming too much salt?

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When is a Young Horse Ready to Ride?

August 24, 2016

Q. I have a fine-boned 3-year-old Welsh/Quarter Horse cross that I would like to start in regular work and training, but I'm reluctant for fear of placing too much stress on her young spine. When is it safe to start and ride her on a regular basis?

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How Can I Tell if My Horse Needs Stitches?

August 17, 2016

Q. If my horse gets a cut, how can I tell if it's severe enough to require a veterinarian's attention and stitches?

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