Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
December 07, 2016
Q. Should you let a horse dwell on a spooky object?
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?
November 23, 2016
Q. Is it possible that some horses, like people, are born with a highly sensitive nervous system?
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?
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?
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?
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?
October 19, 2016
Q. Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight?
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?
October 05, 2016
Q. What does "licking and chewing" really mean?
September 28, 2016
Q. Rabies is a concern when horses are bitten by unknown animals. Find out how to protect your horse.
September 21, 2016
Q. An equine sports medicine specialist shares how footing can impact soundness and offers footing selection advice.
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
August 10, 2016
Q. There are unconfirmed rumors that a barn where I take riding lessons recently had a case of pigeon fever. Is my horse at risk of catching it if I take him to the barn for lessons, or could we bring it home and expose my other horses?
August 03, 2016
Q. Can Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus be transferred from horses to people?
July 27, 2016
Q. Zika virus recently made news for its reported link to human birth defects. But can this WNV relative affect horses?
July 20, 2016
Q. Are horses that develop sepsis-related or idiopathic laminitis at a higher risk of developing endocrinopathic laminitis down the road?
July 13, 2016
Q. I recently purchased a horse from an auction, and she came with no health records whatsoever. Should I just deworm and vaccinate her like my other horses? Does she need any special care?
July 06, 2016
Q. Is it dangerous for my horse to graze near areas with black walnut trees and walk through fallen walnuts?
July 04, 2016
Q. Can horses be turned out on an oat pasture if it is dried up and not green? The oats have already been harvested, and we turn cattle out to graze the leavings, but is it okay for horses?
June 29, 2016
Q. A veterinarian offers tips to keep your horse calm despite the noise and sight of festive fireworks.