Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Cold-Weather Leg Wrapping

December 01, 2015

Q. In extreme cold temperatures I wrap my horses' lower legs in fleece-lined boots at night, as they are prone to laminitis and I hope it will aid circulation and keep them warm. Do you think this helps them, or what would you suggest during winter?

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Weight Gain for Older Horses

November 25, 2015

Q. My 25-year-old Thoroughbred has had trouble keeping weight on after a stroke (he has always been a hard keeper). Ideally, he still needs to gain another 50-100 pounds. Do you have any recommendations?

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Speedy Splint Recovery

November 17, 2015

Q. Do you have any suggestions for speeding the time it takes for proximal splints (in the forelimbs) to resolve?

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Lateral Resistance in a Quarter Horse

November 10, 2015

Q. I have a 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that is in good health, and he is usually a pleasure to ride. He does very well with movement one direction, such as sidepassing to the right, but he seems very uncomfortable when I have him sidepass left...

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A Confused Hair Coat

November 04, 2015

Q. Why would a 9-year-old horse grow winter hair during the summer months?

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Foreign Object Consumption

October 28, 2015

Q. My stallion ate a piece of netting off a roll of hay. Will it pass through his system? What do I need to do to help it through?

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Resolving a Common Swelling

October 19, 2015

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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Hoof Cracks and Lameness

October 14, 2015

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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Managing Navicular Syndrome

October 07, 2015

Q. I have a 5-year-old old Irish Sport Horse mare, recently diagnosed with navicular syndrome. I was wondering what is the best way to take care of her and try to prevent things from getting worse?

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Venograms and Laminitis

September 30, 2015

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

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Osteoarthritis and IRAP

September 23, 2015

Q. My horse was diagnosed with bilateral osteoarthritis of the pastern joints in the front legs. We tried IRAP therapy three years ago, and it made her sound. How long will she continue to remain sound from the IRAP treatment?

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Bute for Old Bones

September 17, 2015

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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Dewormer's Effect on Scratches

August 28, 2015

Q. Find out what kinds of skin parasites can cause scratches and how these pests respond to ivermectin treatment.

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Seasonal Manure Changes

August 26, 2015

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

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Ringbone Treatment Options

August 22, 2015

Q. What is the best way to treat ringbone in horses?

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Sugar and Hyper Horses

August 12, 2015

Q. Find out if reducing the carbohydrates in your horse's diet might calm him down.

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Evicting Carpenter Bees

July 27, 2015

Q. What is the best way to get rid of carpenter bees without harming my horse if he comes into contact with the insecticide used?

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Should I Wrap an Abscessed Hoof?

July 22, 2015

Q. Dr. Britt Conklin offers suggestions on how to keep an abscessed hoof clean.

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From Toeing-Out to Toeing-In

July 08, 2015

Q. What could cause a change in an adult horse's leg conformation?

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

July 02, 2015

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

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What is a Neck Threadworm, and Can it Hurt My Horse?

June 26, 2015

Q. An equine parasitologist answers a horse owner question about these mysterious worms.

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Problems With Previcox Overdose

June 23, 2015

Q. What can happen if a horse overdoses on Previcox? Are there any repercussions that he could suffer?

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Wedge Pads and Navicular Horses

June 10, 2015

Q. A veterinarian and farrier addresses the benefits and concerns of wedge pads in shoeing horses with navicular syndrome.

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Weaving: Are Mirrors the Answer?

May 25, 2015

Q. Are stall mirrors recommended for horses that weave, and where could I find one that is safe and economical?

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Death of a Herdmate

May 19, 2015

Q. Can the death of one horse lead to a complete change in another's behavior or "personality"?

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