Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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 23, 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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Preventing Pigeon Fever

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?

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Streptococcus Between Species

August 03, 2016

Q. Can Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus be transferred from horses to people?

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Zika Virus: Are Horses at Risk?

July 27, 2016

Q. Zika virus recently made news for its reported link to human birth defects. But can this WNV relative affect horses?

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Endocrinopathic Laminitis Likelihood

July 20, 2016

Q. Are horses that develop sepsis-related or idiopathic laminitis at a higher risk of developing endocrinopathic laminitis down the road?

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A New Horse With an Unknown History: Where to Start?

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?

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Black Walnut Risks in Horse Pastures

July 06, 2016

Q. Is it dangerous for my horse to graze near areas with black walnut trees and walk through fallen walnuts?

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Horses Grazing Oat Pastures

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?

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How to Keep Your Horse Safe During the 4th of July

June 29, 2016

Q. A veterinarian offers tips to keep your horse calm despite the noise and sight of festive fireworks.

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Facing a Scary-Sounding Dental Disease

June 22, 2016

Q. What could cause a horse to develop equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH) and is there anything I can do to prevent it from getting worse?

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Senior Horses and Choke Risk

June 15, 2016

Q. Do older horses that eat senior feeds have a higher risk of choke?

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Turnout and Sleep Schedules

June 08, 2016

Q. Could being stalled during the day and turned out at night cause sleep problems for horses?

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Bone Spur Prognosis

June 01, 2016

Q. Our gelding's broken hock has healed with what the veterinarian calls bone spurs. He believes the spurs could be rubbing against our gelding's tendon, causing pain. What is the long-term prognosis for injuries such as these?

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Helping an Easy Keeper Breathe Easy

May 25, 2016

Q. My 20-year-old Thoroughbred has respiratory allergies. Is there anything I can do to help him breathe easier while wearing a muzzle?

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Re-evaluating Therapeutic Shoeing

May 18, 2016

Q. If a horse has been wearing therapeutic shoes long term but has started to have soundness issues after two years of going well, is there a point you'd recommend going "back to basics" to evaluate and pinpoint the issue's root cause?

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Equine Footwear for Road Riding

May 11, 2016

Q. I have a young horse just being started in harness for carriage driving. She has only done light work in harness on the roads. What can I shoe her with that will provide her with some protection for the concussion?

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Gelding Behavior

May 04, 2016

Q. My gelding has been dropping his penis more than usual. I have had him checked by my vet and he found no obvious issues. Could this be a behavior issue related to him being turned out with my mare?

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Geldings that 'Drop' During Training

April 27, 2016

Q. Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?

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Keep Horses Away From Creeping Indigo

April 20, 2016

Q. What is creeping indigo and will it hurt my horse?

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Laminitis Survivors: Getting Back on Grass

April 13, 2016

Q. After a horse has had a bout with laminitis, can she be brought up slowly on grass again, for say, 20 minutes daily? If so, how soon can this be done?

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Is My Horse a Tick Magnet?

April 06, 2016

Q. When I brought my two geldings back to the barn, the dark bay was covered in what seemed like hundreds of deer ticks while the chestnut maybe had five ticks. Why would there be such a difference in tick numbers if they were in the same pasture?

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Club Foot Heritability

March 30, 2016

Q. The farm I work at has a mare with a club foot. Her mother did not have a club foot, but I am told her sister and her yearling colt did. Is club foot an inherited condition?

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How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

March 23, 2016

Q. A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.

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