Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
October 18, 2017
Q. Can a horse go lame because of extreme hoof cracks and not being trimmed regularly? If so, is there was anything you can do to reverse hoof cracks?
October 11, 2017
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?
October 04, 2017
Q. Learn why this deworming technique doesn't have an antiparasitic effect in horses.
September 27, 2017
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?
September 20, 2017
Q. A vet weighs in on what might cause a well-conformed senior mare to become over at the knee and fall during a ride.
September 13, 2017
Q. An equine sports medicine specialist shares how footing can impact soundness and offers footing selection advice.
September 06, 2017
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?
August 30, 2017
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?
August 23, 2017
Q. If my horse gets a cut, how can I tell if it's severe enough to require a veterinarian's attention and stitches?
August 15, 2017
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?
August 08, 2017
Q. Are horses that develop sepsis-related or idiopathic laminitis at a higher risk of developing endocrinopathic laminitis down the road?
August 02, 2017
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?
July 26, 2017
Q. An owner seeks advice on managing a senior horse with Cushing's disease during a heat wave.
July 19, 2017
Q. Are there any parasite-killing products I can apply to pastures after I rotate my horses to a different one?
July 12, 2017
Q. What could be the cause of this horse's strange eyelid indentation?
July 03, 2017
Q. A veterinarian offers tips to keep your horse calm despite the noise and sight of festive fireworks.
June 28, 2017
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?
June 21, 2017
Q. What is a venogram, and how is it used to help diagnose laminitis?
June 14, 2017
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?
June 07, 2017
Q. Find out how to deworm your horses without promoting drug resistance.
May 31, 2017
Q. How long do I need to wait after sedation and the injections before putting my horse back on the trailer and taking her home?
May 24, 2017
Q. Can Japanese stiltgrass cause digestive upset in horses?
May 17, 2017
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.
May 12, 2017
Q. What causes Cushing's disease, and why does it seem like it's so prevalent in our horses?
May 10, 2017
Q. I have a 38-year-old grade gelding with huge, arthritic knees. He fell three weeks ago. X rays show nothing broken or fractured. My veterinarian wants him on phenylbutazone forever. Is there anything else that could help him with no side effects?