Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

  • Email
  • Share
  • Newsletters

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.

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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.

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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.

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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.

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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.

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

Deworming: Less is More

March 31, 2014

Q. Last spring my veterinarian requested her clients stop deworming their horses. We now do no deworming and have her perform two fecal egg counts per year--one in the spring and one in the fall. Is this program of not deworming okay for my horses?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

Swelling in the Girth Area

March 24, 2014

Q. What is causing my horse to swell in the area his girth sits?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

Cellulitis Treatment and Prevention in Horses

March 17, 2014

Q. My gelding had a really bad bout of cellulitis last summer, and we almost lost him to the disease. I've heard there is a greater chance he will get it again in the future. What are some possible preventative measures I can take to protect my horse?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

Why a Veterinarian Should Vaccinate Your Horse

March 10, 2014

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.

A. Read the Vet's Answer

Abnormal Regurgitation

March 03, 2014

Q. What might cause my mare to regurgitate her grain?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

Heat in a Compensating Limb

February 24, 2014

Q. I have an off-the-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?

A. Read the Vet's Answer

Free Newsletters

Sign up for the latest in:

From our partners