Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
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?
May 17, 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?
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?
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?
April 27, 2016
Q. Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?
April 20, 2016
Q. What is creeping indigo and will it hurt my horse?
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?
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?
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?
March 23, 2016
Q. A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.
March 17, 2016
Q. My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?
March 16, 2016
Q. A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.
March 09, 2016
Q. Can melanomas spread to a horse's central nervous system, and if so, is there any treatment available?
March 02, 2016
Q. My 9-year-old Belgian jumper is starting to lose his balance frequently after jumping. What kind of exams can I do to make sure everything is okay?
February 24, 2016
Q. Why can't we give our horses their vaccines ourselves? My barn friend said my shots won't count if I give them myself.
February 16, 2016
Q. Zika virus recently made news for its reported link to human birth defects. But can this WNV relative affect horses?
February 14, 2016
Q. An equine nutritionist explains how to ensure your horse gets an appropriate amount of salt.
February 10, 2016
Q. We have been getting a lot of rain and flash floods lately. My 13-year-old Paint gelding is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. How do I treat thrush and how can I keep his feet dry?
February 03, 2016
Q. What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?
January 27, 2016
Q. How should a senior horse with equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome be vaccinated?
January 20, 2016
Q. My OTTB has recently recovered from a bowed front tendon injury. What can I do to help him continue to stay sound in his new career?
January 15, 2016
Q. How can you collect colostrum and save it for future use, and how long can you keep it? A veterinarian weighs in.
January 13, 2016
Q. A friend of mine suggested that receiving mares would influence the foals--especially regarding future performance records--in a negative way. Is there any proof or research available about the receiving mare's effect on the foal?
January 06, 2016
Q. I have an off-track Thoroughbred I purchased with a mild suspensory strain. His hock on the affected leg is always warm compared his other hock and knees. Could this mean he's compensating for the suspensory injury?
January 04, 2016
Q. An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.