Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
January 10, 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?
January 04, 2018
Q. My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?
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.
December 27, 2017
Q. Where can I order the PZP vaccine (porcine zona pelucida, used for fertility control in some animals)?
December 20, 2017
Q. What should be included in a liability contract for farm sitters?
December 14, 2017
Q. What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?
December 13, 2017
Q. An equine reproduction specialist reviews signs that suggest a mare is in foal and how to find out definitively.
December 06, 2017
Q. A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.
November 29, 2017
Q. Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight?
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?
November 15, 2017
Q. A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.
November 08, 2017
Q. Is it dangerous for my horse to graze near areas with black walnut trees and walk through fallen walnuts?
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?
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?
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?
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?