Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

My Horse Lost a 'Baby Tooth.' Should I Be Concerned?

October 26, 2016

Q. My long yearling Dutch Warmblood mare knocked her tooth out so severely that it had to be removed by my vet. What is the long-term prognosis for a young horse losing a tooth prematurely?

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Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

October 19, 2016

Q. Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight?

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Unbridled Discomfort

October 12, 2016

Q. My Warmblood mare is "reverse bridle shy." She's worried the bit is going to clank her teeth, so she throws her head … and it clanks her teeth. What can I do to help this habit?

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The Science Behind 'Licking and Chewing' in Horses

October 05, 2016

Q. What does "licking and chewing" really mean?

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Help! Something Bit My Horse

September 28, 2016

Q. Rabies is a concern when horses are bitten by unknown animals. Find out how to protect your horse.

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

September 21, 2016

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

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How Old is My Pony?

September 14, 2016

Q. I have a pony who is a rescue, and I have no idea how old he is, which limits what I can do with him. Can you possibly shed some light on how I can estimate his age?

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Feeding a Senior Hinny

September 07, 2016

Q. I have a 30-year-old hinny who is very skinny and is losing weight. Is there anything that I could give him to make him more comfortable, help him gain weight, and not cause him harm?

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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 24, 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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