Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Neurectomy for Laminitis

December 23, 2014

Q. I have a lame horse, and veterinarians suspect he has laminitis and osteoarthritis in the third phalanx (coffin bone) along with several bone structure problems. Would a neurectomy help or cause further complications?

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Teeth in Strange Places

December 16, 2014

Q. I would like to know about the different ways a tooth can grow in the wrong place on a horse. Can a tooth ever grow out of the front of the head close to the eye?

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Should I Deworm My Horse in the Winter?

December 10, 2014

Q. Is it worthwhile to deworm my horses during the winter? I've heard that internal parasites aren't around this time of year.

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Electric Fencing

December 01, 2014

Q. We just got a 4-year-old stallion at our barn, and I wanted to know if even with electric fencing will he be able to break out to get in with the mares that are in the paddock next to him?

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Reversing Fear-Based Behavior

November 24, 2014

Q. An owner inquires about how to address and reverse her horse's fear-based behavior.

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Contempt for Cats

November 18, 2014

Q. How do you correct a misbehaving horse that hates cats?

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Is My Farrier a Biosecurity Risk?

November 10, 2014

Q. A horse owner wonders if a farrier moving from barn to barn during the day could spread equine diseases.

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Colic: What Should I Do Until the Vet Gets Here?

November 04, 2014

Q. An equine critical care specialist shares advice for dealing with a colic while waiting for your vet.

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Navicular Disease and Fracture

October 27, 2014

Q. I have a 17-year-old that has a fractured navicular bone that has calcified. I have seen magnetic bell boots available on the market and was wondering if these would help with the pain. Is there any type of treatment or surgery that can repair this?

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Lethal Red Maples

October 21, 2014

Q. When are red maple leaves lethal to horses?

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How Do Horses Get EPM?

October 13, 2014

Q. Find out the most common way horses contract equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, or EPM.

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Can Exercise Help an EPM Horse?

October 06, 2014

Q. Find out what kind of physical exercise might help improve a horse with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis.

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My Horse Keeps Eating his Himalayan Salt Block: Is he Okay?

September 29, 2014

Q. An equine nutritionist explains how to ensure your horse gets an appropriate amount of salt.

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Deworming Dilemma

September 26, 2014

Q. An owner seeks advice about deworming her horse that lives alone, travels to a public barn for exercise, and had a fecal sample that did not reveal any parasite eggs.

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Situational Queen Bee

September 22, 2014

Q. Find out why a mare might be guarding her caretakers during feeding.

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Positively Playful

September 16, 2014

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

September 09, 2014

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

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How Hard are my Lesson Horses Really Working?

September 02, 2014

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

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

August 26, 2014

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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How Can I Tell if a Mare is Pregnant?

August 18, 2014

Q. Equine reproduction specialist Ryan Ferris, DVM, shares the signs that a mare is in foal.

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How is a Caslick's Procedure Supposed to be Done in a Mare?

August 11, 2014

Q. A reader seeks answers about a Caslick's procedure and how the area should be opened prior to foaling.

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Ribby Race Filly

August 04, 2014

Q. How can an owner help a ribby but successful racehorse gain weight, and what might be behind the filly's body condition? Our source shares some thoughts.

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Hay: Does Fertilization Matter?

July 25, 2014

Q. Should I look for hay that comes from a fertilized or unfertilized field? In what ways would the nutrition be affected? Does fertilizing the field increase the protein content of the hay? What are appropriate questions to ask regarding the hay?

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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.

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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.

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