Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Weaving: Are Mirrors the Answer?

May 25, 2015

Q. Are stall mirrors recommended for horses that weave, and where could I find one that is safe and economical?

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Death of a Herdmate

May 19, 2015

Q. Can the death of one horse lead to a complete change in another's behavior or "personality"?

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What's the Difference Between Gastrogard and Ulcergard?

May 11, 2015

Q. One is prescribed by your veterinarian, the other is available over-the-counter. Find out more in our Q&A.

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Baled Alfalfa or Alfalfa Pellets: Which is Better?

May 04, 2015

Q. You're faced with the choice of offering your horse alfalfa pellets or hay. Which should you choose?

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Dewormer's Effect on Scratches

April 29, 2015

Q. Find out what kinds of skin parasites can cause scratches and how these pests respond to ivermectin treatment.

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Fever Leading to Gastric Ulcers in a Young Horse

April 20, 2015

Q. A filly goes to the trainer and ends up sick, off feed, and with gastric ulcers. Will the ulcers return due to stress when she goes back into training?

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Twitch Efficacy and Endorphin Levels

April 13, 2015

Q. Learn about applying a lip twitch and the endorphin release that occurs during application.

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Strange Stance for Shoeing

April 06, 2015

Q. Whenever the farrier is working on my gelding's feet, he stretches his head straight out in front of him and twists it to the side. Is this just a strange habit he picked up at some stage?

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Should I Worry About the Hardness of My Horses' Water?

March 30, 2015

Q. My water company recently announced that our new community water source is "hard" water, with higher levels of calcium and magnesium. Do I need to worry about the change in water or the additional source of calcium in my horses' diets?

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Horses Eating Thistle

March 23, 2015

Q. An owner worries about her horse eating thistle. An equine nutritionist responds about the risks.

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Bats in My Barn

March 16, 2015

Q. Bats have moved into one horse owner's barn. Find out if that's a good or bad thing.

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

March 02, 2015

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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Hoof Abscesses: Does Epsom Salt Really Help?

February 24, 2015

Q. A veterinarian considers if Epsom salts and poultices really help draw out hoof abscesses.

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

February 16, 2015

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

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Hypovolemic Shock

February 09, 2015

Q. My horse recently suffered major chest trauma, deep lacerations, major blood loss, etc. He went into hypovolemic shock due to the blood loss following the injury and a bad colic. Can you tell me more about shock related to blood loss or trauma?

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Mucousy Manure

February 02, 2015

Q. I am concerned about an older horse where I board. Yesterday I found in her manure what looks like stringy intestinal tract with feces encapsulated inside. It does not look like worms. She is also not eating as well as usual. What could cause this?

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Can I Give My Horse Biotin Supplements Designed for Humans?

January 26, 2015

Q. Find out how biotin might help hoof and haircoat.

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What Should I Expect From a Veterinary Visit?

January 21, 2015

Q. I am looking for general information regarding my veterinarian and horse care. What should I expect from the veterinarian? Is there a set protocol or standard that I should be asking for?

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Can Horses Take Firocoxib Long-Term?

January 19, 2015

Q. My horse receives 25 milligrams of Previcox daily to manage pain related to navicular syndrome. Is long-term use of this drug okay?

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Can Management Help an Ulcer-Prone Horse?

January 13, 2015

Q. A veterinarian has diagnosed a 12-year-old Quarter Horse mare at my stable with ulcers. Is there a specific type of diet that should be followed for this type of ailment?

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Dealing With Enthusiastic Learners

January 05, 2015

Q. I have taught my horse to do carrot stretches from side to side and down between her legs. She’s become so enthusiastic about them, however, that she immediately tries to wrap her neck around to her flanks or between her legs when I enter her stall.

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A Love-Hate Relationship

December 30, 2014

Q. Learn why a horse gets bullied by her herdmate.

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Neurectomy for Laminitis

December 22, 2014

Q. I have a lame horse, and veterinarians suspect he has laminitis and osteoarthritis in the third phalanx (coffin bone) along with several bone structure problems. Would a neurectomy help or cause further complications?

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Teeth in Strange Places

December 16, 2014

Q. I would like to know about the different ways a tooth can grow in the wrong place on a horse. Can a tooth ever grow out of the front of the head close to the eye?

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Should I Deworm My Horse in the Winter?

December 10, 2014

Q. Is it worthwhile to deworm my horses during the winter? I've heard that internal parasites aren't around this time of year.

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