Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Watching the Herd

January 18, 2018

Q. I've read several articles that suggest watching your horse in the pasture to learn more about the herd's social structure and horse behavior in general. What are some specific things I should watch for?

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

January 17, 2018

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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Re-evaluating Therapeutic Shoeing

January 09, 2018

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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A Positively Playful Young Horse

January 04, 2018

Q. My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?

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

January 03, 2018

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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PZP, Please?

December 27, 2017

Q. Where can I order the PZP vaccine (porcine zona pelucida, used for fertility control in some animals)?

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Equine Farm-Sitting Peace of Mind

December 20, 2017

Q. What should be included in a liability contract for farm sitters?

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Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

December 14, 2017

Q. What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?

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How Can I Tell if a Mare is Pregnant?

December 13, 2017

Q. An equine reproduction specialist reviews signs that suggest a mare is in foal and how to find out definitively.

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How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

December 06, 2017

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

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Are Peppermints Spoiling My Horse's Diet?

November 29, 2017

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

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Thrush Prevention

November 21, 2017

Q. We have been getting a lot of rain and flash floods lately. My 13-year-old Paint gelding is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. How do I treat thrush and how can I keep his feet dry?

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Swayback in a Young Horse

November 15, 2017

Q. A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.

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Black Walnut Risks in Horse Pastures

November 08, 2017

Q. Is it dangerous for my horse to graze near areas with black walnut trees and walk through fallen walnuts?

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Will Blanketing Compromise My Horse's Coat?

November 01, 2017

Q. I was only planning on blanketing when the temperature drops under 20 degrees Fahrenheit and in extreme weather. Will this compromise my horse's winter coat enough that I would need to blanket more?

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Bone Spur Prognosis

October 24, 2017

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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Hoof Cracks and Lameness

October 17, 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?

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A New Horse With an Unknown History: Where to Start?

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?

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Diatomaceous Earth's Deficiency

October 04, 2017

Q. Learn why this deworming technique doesn't have an antiparasitic effect in horses.

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Equine Footwear for Road Riding

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?

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Sudden Conformation Change in an Aged Mare

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.

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

September 13, 2017

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

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Preventing Pigeon Fever

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?

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Obsessed with Salt

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?

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How Can I Tell if My Horse Needs Stitches?

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?

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