Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Trailering Anxiety or Heat?

October 01, 2009

Q. My 24-year-old Arab gelding recently came off the trailer very sweaty and with tremors in his shoulder muscle and hindquarters. It was only a 15-minute trailer ride, and it was sunny, but not hot. Is he suffering from heat issues because of his age?

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Cryptorchid Concerns

September 01, 2009

Q. I have a 24-month-old Azteca colt that has dropped only one testicle so far. He had two normal-appearing testicles at birth, and both of them withdrew above the inguinal ring before he was a year old. Do you believe cryptorchidism is hereditary?

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Weaving Worries

September 01, 2009

Q. I have a 12-year-old Tennessee Walker who weaves. I recently noticed lameness in the right front leg. How does weaving affect the lameness, and what treatments can I use to stop or decrease the lameness? Would steroid injections help?

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Snakebite Woes

August 01, 2009

Q. My mare's personality seems to have changed since a rattlesnake bite six years ago. She seems less people-friendly and less energetic. Is it from some sort of facial nerve damage from the bite? Have you heard of long-term effects from a snake bite?

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Guttural Pouch Tympany

August 01, 2009

Q. There seems to be little information available on the Internet about guttural pouch tympany. I lost a filly to this, along with displaced soft palate.

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Scoliosis in Adult Equines

July 01, 2009

Q. My gelding's back is skewed to the left, making riding uncomfortable for him. Could the crookedness in his spine be caused by overschooling with pain and incorrect muscle use? Or could the scoliosis have always been there and gotten worse?

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Rehabilitating Muscle

June 01, 2009

Q. What would be the best avenue to take to prevent too much scar tissue from forming and limiting the use of these muscles?

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A Rash of Questions

May 01, 2009

Q. We have a Paint mare that is mostly white. In the spring and summer she has a rash-type skin problem around her nose and moving to her shoulders. It starts out looking like what we were told was dew poisoning, but it has spread to the point of bumps

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"Sticky" Third Eyelid

April 01, 2009

Q. Twice, my 12-year-old Paint gelding has gotten his third eyelid "stuck" over the top of his eyeball for 10 or 20 seconds. The first time was when water splashed in his eye during a bath.

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Insulin Resistance and Layup Time

April 01, 2009

Q. My 18-year-old Percheron/ Morgan gelding was diagnosed with insulin resistance. Just prior to being confined to stall rest for a connective tissue injury, his insulin was 67 microIU/mL. The vet did a dexamethasone suppression test to rule out PPID,

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Abnormal Sheath Buildup

April 01, 2009

Q. I have searched the Internet and asked everyone I know about the abnormal sheath buildup on my 17-year-old palomino gelding. Ever since we bought him, we noticed a large, crusty buildup all over him.

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Vaccine Reaction: Calculated Risk?

March 01, 2009

Q. I own a 12-year-old Percheron/Thoroughbred gelding who started to have severe allergic reactions to vaccinations last year. He's been receiving the same vaccinations for the past several years--a five-way and West Nile virus (WNV).

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Glucosamine in a Cushing's Horse?

December 01, 2008

Q. As soon as my 20-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine Cushing's disease, I eliminated glucosamine from his diet. However, he appears to have become gradually and increasingly stiff and short-strided without it.

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Protein Levels and Seizures?

November 01, 2008

Q. My 37-year-old pony has suffered seizures on and off for about two years. I have noticed that when protein in her feed is increased, the seizures occur more frequently. Is it possible that high protein levels can cause seizures?

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Training Age and Soundness

October 01, 2008

Q. Does the fact that cutting horses are started so young have any effect on their future soundness? Is it best to wait another year before starting them in training?

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Seeing Stars

October 01, 2008

Q. My mare stares into lights, both electric lights and the sun or moon. She'll stare for a while when she first gets into the arena and when she's just turned out, then she goes about her business. Why might she be doing this?

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Mosquito Dunk Danger?

August 01, 2008

Q. Has there been any research on the safety of using "BTi mosquito dunks" in horse water troughs and buckets?

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Obesity: Big-Boned Beastie

August 01, 2008

Q. Obese horses should be taken off pasture, except for very short (30-minute) turnout periods two or three times a day for exercise, and a grazing muzzle should be used at these times.

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Managing Navicular Pain

July 01, 2008

Q. My horse was diagnosed with navicular syndrome about five years ago. He was put on isoxsuprine and half a gram of Bute twice a day, and we changed his shoeing regimen. He has been sound since, and he remains sound, as long as he gets the Bute

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Diagnosing Muscle Soreness

June 01, 2008

Q. Last year my 18-year-old Quarter Horse became very sensitive to touch on her back and hindquarters. It progressed to a slight hind limb lameness. She would stand with her back feet close together until eventually she would lean and prop her haunches

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Umbilical Issues

May 01, 2008

Q. My 11-day-old Walking Horse stud colt came down with tetanus, which was apparently contracted through his umbilical cord. When should a colt be vaccinated for tetanus to prevent this, and does a leaking umbilical cord ever seal off without surgery?

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Stiff Hocks and Knees

April 01, 2008

Q. We have never seen an issue like the one affecting my 4-year-old Quarter Horse gelding. He does not like to bend his knees and hocks. When I ride him, he feels like he is walking on stilts.

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Cross-Species Deworming

March 01, 2008

Q. How do the worm infestations of horses and domestic pets, such as dogs and cats, correspond with each other, if at all? If we deworm the horses now, but horse owners' pets are carrying a load of worms, can these animals reinfect the horses again?

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Tough to Swallow

March 01, 2008

Q. My 3-year-old pony mare developed a purulent (discharging pus) head infection last summer and was subsequently diagnosed with a stenotic (narrowing) left guttural pouch, which required two laser surgeries to correct.

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Genetic Test for "Sow Mouth"?

February 01, 2008

Q. Is there a genetic test to find out if my horse's "sow mouth" is hereditary or a growth problem? Any help in this matter is greatly appreciated.

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