Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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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Electric Fencing

December 01, 2014

Q. We just got a 4-year-old stallion at our barn, and I wanted to know if even with electric fencing will he be able to break out to get in with the mares that are in the paddock next to him?

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Reversing Fear-Based Behavior

November 24, 2014

Q. An owner inquires about how to address and reverse her horse's fear-based behavior.

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Contempt for Cats

November 18, 2014

Q. How do you correct a misbehaving horse that hates cats?

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Is My Farrier a Biosecurity Risk?

November 10, 2014

Q. A horse owner wonders if a farrier moving from barn to barn during the day could spread equine diseases.

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Colic: What Should I Do Until the Vet Gets Here?

November 04, 2014

Q. An equine critical care specialist shares advice for dealing with a colic while waiting for your vet.

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Navicular Disease and Fracture

October 27, 2014

Q. I have a 17-year-old that has a fractured navicular bone that has calcified. I have seen magnetic bell boots available on the market and was wondering if these would help with the pain. Is there any type of treatment or surgery that can repair this?

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Lethal Red Maples

October 21, 2014

Q. When are red maple leaves lethal to horses?

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How Do Horses Get EPM?

October 13, 2014

Q. Find out the most common way horses contract equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, or EPM.

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