Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

How Hard are my Lesson Horses Really Working?

September 02, 2014

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

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Why is the Frog of My Horse's Foot Falling Off?

August 26, 2014

Q. A veterinarian who’s also a certified farrier explains frog exfoliation and what you should do if it happens to your horse.

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How Can I Tell if a Mare is Pregnant?

August 18, 2014

Q. Equine reproduction specialist Ryan Ferris, DVM, shares the signs that a mare is in foal.

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How is a Caslick's Procedure Supposed to be Done in a Mare?

August 11, 2014

Q. A reader seeks answers about a Caslick's procedure and how the area should be opened prior to foaling.

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Ribby Race Filly

August 04, 2014

Q. How can an owner help a ribby but successful racehorse gain weight, and what might be behind the filly's body condition? Our source shares some thoughts.

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Hay: Does Fertilization Matter?

July 25, 2014

Q. Should I look for hay that comes from a fertilized or unfertilized field? In what ways would the nutrition be affected? Does fertilizing the field increase the protein content of the hay? What are appropriate questions to ask regarding the hay?

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Is It Okay to Give My Horse Expired Drugs?

July 21, 2014

Q. A horse owner wonders if there's any danger using drugs that have past their expiration dates.

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Can I Use Over-the-Counter Penicillin if my Horse is Sick?

July 14, 2014

Q. Should an owner administer over-the-counter procaine penicillin to sick horses or those that could have an infection? A veterinarian responds.

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Increased Incidence of Twins

July 09, 2014

Q. If research shows that Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods are more likely to have twin pregnancies, could this be in relation to the number of mares that receive injections to encourage ovulation?

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Can Fodder be Included in a Horse's Feeding Program?

June 29, 2014

Q. Fodder is plant material grown hydroponically and harvested as livestock feed. Find out if it's a good forage source for horses as well.

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Stallion Libido

June 26, 2014

Q. I have a breeding problem with my Quarter Horse stallion. He is showing little or no signs of libido with my mare. She is giving all indications that the time is right, but he has no interest. He won't even "talk" to her. What can I do or try?

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Grazing Oat Pastures

June 26, 2014

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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Does Night Turnout Disrupt a Horse's Sleep?

June 23, 2014

Q. Find out if being stalled during the day and turned out at night can cause sleep problems for horses.

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How Much Grain Should I Feed My Colic-Prone Horse?

June 18, 2014

Q. An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.

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Forage Options

June 09, 2014

Q. I have a healthy 21-year-old retired gelding who will not eat any type of hay in his stall at night. I have concerns about him standing in his stall all night without chewing and developing ulcers as a result. What are my options?

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Bone Spur Prognosis

June 02, 2014

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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How Do I Get My Horse to Behave for the Veterinarian?

May 27, 2014

Q. I bought a 7-year-old Arabian mare that was supposed to be good for the veterinarian, farrier, etc. Not! She is very difficult to give shots to. Do you have any tips on how to get her to accept shots better?

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Uneven Sweating and Intermittent Lameness in a Horse

May 20, 2014

Q. My 12-year-old Standardbred mare has developed an unusual sweat pattern. Occasionally, she will limp on the leg closest to the sweat patch but there is no swelling or heat associated with the area. What could cause this issue?

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Is My Horse a Tick Magnet?

May 12, 2014

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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Antsy About Urinating

May 12, 2014

Q. My horse is a 6-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred who raced until he was 3 years old. Whenever he has to pee, he gets very nervous and dances around. Is there any reason why this happens, and could it be linked to his time on the track?

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Mare Expelled

May 05, 2014

Q. My gelding decided to put an older mare out of the herd. He will not let her anywhere close to the other horses. Have you heard of this, and is there anything I can do to get them all happily together again?

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Cryptorchid Confusion

April 28, 2014

Q. The horse I'm interested in buying is a cryptorchid. I really like the horse--should I not consider buying him?

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What to do if a Horse's Microchip Company is out of Business

April 21, 2014

Q. I had my horses implanted with a microchip years ago. Recently, I attempted to change my contact information only to find out the website no longer existed. I obviously need to register my horses at a new site. What are my options?

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Blue-Eyed Blues

April 14, 2014

Q. I recently purchased a Paint horse with a bald face with two blue eyes and pink skin around his eyes. Are horses with blue eyes more sensitive to light or more prone to eye disorders than other horses?

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Corn Consumption

April 07, 2014

Q. My horses got into a pasture yesterday where deer corn had been spread, and they ate some of it. Then, last night, they didn't want to eat anything. What is the deer corn going to do to them?

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