Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Suspicions About Stiltgrass

May 24, 2017

Q. Can Japanese stiltgrass cause digestive upset in horses?

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Why a Veterinarian Should Vaccinate Your Horse

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.

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What Causes Equine Cushing's Disease?

May 12, 2017

Q. What causes Cushing's disease, and why does it seem like it's so prevalent in our horses?

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Bute for Old Bones

May 09, 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?

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Habituation vs. Learned Helplessness in Horses

May 03, 2017

Q. Learn about a welfare-friendly way to desensitize horses.

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Helping an Easy Keeper Breathe Easy

April 26, 2017

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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Parasite Control Recommendations for Boarded Horses

April 21, 2017

Q. Vets recommend a whole-facility-focused approach to parasite control, but what do you do when you don't manage the farm?

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Seasonal Manure Changes

April 19, 2017

Q. A veterinarians answers a reader's question on why some horses have seasonal runny manure.

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My Horse Keeps Eating his Himalayan Salt Block: Is He Okay?

April 12, 2017

Q. An equine nutritionist explains how to ensure your horse gets an appropriate amount of salt.

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Laminitis Survivors: Getting Back on Grass

April 05, 2017

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?

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Aloe Vera for Equine Ulcers?

March 29, 2017

Q. A veterinarian addresses whether oral aloe vera could help gastric ulcers and offers evidence-based alternatives.

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

March 22, 2017

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

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Resolving a Common Swelling

March 15, 2017

Q. My mare's rear legs swell around the tendon and fetlock area overnight after exercise. She is not lame or sore, but I wrap it when it swells. Is this swelling common, what it could be, and are there any prevention steps I could take?

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What Should I Expect From a Veterinary Visit?

March 08, 2017

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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Tired or in Trouble?

March 01, 2017

Q. Is it cause for concern if a horse lies down frequently?

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What's so Cool About Coolers?

February 22, 2017

Q. Find out why using coolers on horses post-exercise makes good sense.

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Horses Eating Thistle

February 15, 2017

Q. An owner worries about her horse eating thistle. An equine nutritionist responds about the risks.

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Baled Alfalfa or Alfalfa Pellets: Which is Better?

February 08, 2017

Q. You're faced with the choice of offering your horse alfalfa pellets or hay. Which should you choose?

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Addressing Old Racing Injuries in Prepurchase Exams

February 01, 2017

Q. How do I explain a retired racehorse's previous injury to a potential buyer?

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Founder vs. Laminitis

January 25, 2017

Q. I hear a lot of people use the words laminitis and founder interchangeably. Are these two conditions the same thing?

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Hay: Does Fertilization Matter?

January 18, 2017

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

January 16, 2017

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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Collecting Colostrum

January 13, 2017

Q. How can you collect colostrum and save it for future use, and how long can you keep it? A veterinarian weighs in.

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Caudal Heel Pain or Navicular: What's the Right Term?

January 11, 2017

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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Scared Horse? Try Counter-Conditioning

January 04, 2017

Q. Learn how to teach your horse an alternate response to triggering stimuli.

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