Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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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Staying Sound Post-Tendon Injury

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?

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Endocrinopathic Laminitis Likelihood

August 08, 2017

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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Why Does My Horse Stumble After Jumping?

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?

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How Can I Keep My Senior Horse With PPID Cool?

July 26, 2017

Q. An owner seeks advice on managing a senior horse with Cushing's disease during a heat wave.

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Why Can't You Kill Equine Internal Parasites in the Field?

July 19, 2017

Q. Are there any parasite-killing products I can apply to pastures after I rotate my horses to a different one?

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Stranger Things: A Sunken Eyelid

July 12, 2017

Q. What could be the cause of this horse's strange eyelid indentation?

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How to Keep Your Horse Safe During the 4th of July

July 03, 2017

Q. A veterinarian offers tips to keep your horse calm despite the noise and sight of festive fireworks.

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Forage Options for Finicky Eaters

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?

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Venograms and Laminitis

June 21, 2017

Q. What is a venogram, and how is it used to help diagnose laminitis?

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Heat in a Compensating Limb

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?

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Don't Divvy Up The Dewormer

June 07, 2017

Q. Find out how to deworm your horses without promoting drug resistance.

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Transporting Horses Post-Joint Injection

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?

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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 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?

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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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