Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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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Hair Club for Horses?

January 01, 2008

Q. I have a 9-year-old bay Quarter Horse gelding. He is losing his hair, and it's not just typical shedding--he's getting bare spots of skin. Any hints as to what it could be?

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Pain in The Neck

December 01, 2007

Q. A 10-year-old Icelandic gelding has a tendency to hold his head to the right while at a walk

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Needing a Pick-Me-Up

December 01, 2007

Q. I have a 20-year-old Quarter Horse, and I have had trouble putting weight on her for the past few years. She also sleeps a lot. Is her lack of energy due to the low weight? What are the other possible causes? Is there something else I can feed her?

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Belching Horse

November 01, 2007

Q. I have a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding who appears to be in perfect physical condition, except for one thing--he belches. Often. Can anything other than ulcers cause this?

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Stopping the Flow

November 01, 2007

Q. I have a mare that is still lactating heavily months after weaning her foal. What is the cause of this? And how can it be cured or prevented?

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Sticky Stifles

October 01, 2007

Q. I had my vet come out when I first got my horse to investigate a strange popping sound I heard when he turned in a small circle. My vet said it was in his stifles, but I'd like to get a second opinion. What questions should I ask?

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Nip a Bone Spur in the Bud?

September 01, 2007

Q. Can bone spurs be surgically removed, as in osteochondritis dissecans cases? If not, is there something that can be done?

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Rude Noises

August 01, 2007

Q. My new mare had trouble foaling her colt three years ago and ended up tearing, requiring stitches. Now she is constantly "sucking air" (into her vulva). Is there anything that can be done to rectify this or minimize the air intake?

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PHF Vaccine Efficacy: Better Safe than Sorry?

August 01, 2007

Q. Has there been new research completed on the available vaccines for Potomac horse fever (PHF) or are they what veterinarians gave years ago? Are our vaccines up-to-date as far as preventatives?

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Recuperating Back Muscles

July 01, 2007

Q. My 17-year-old Half-Arabian gelding underwent colic surgery, recovered well, but he has lost tone in his belly muscle and his back has dropped, and his saddle doesn't fit at all anymore. How can I get his back to recuperate?

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Hitch in the Giddy-Up

June 01, 2007

Q. I have a Trakehner/Thoroughbred cross that starts flexing his hind legs rather noticeably when trotting and/or beginning to canter. His hind legs appear normal. Should I worry?

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Clunking Hocks

June 01, 2007

Q. My two Miniature Horses, one yearling and one weanling, have a horrible clunking sound that definitely comes from their hocks. I only hear it when they walk, never at the trot or canter. What is this condition and can it be treated?

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Clogged Tear Duct

April 01, 2007

Q. My horse has a clogged tear duct. We are treating her with antibiotic drops, but she has a "swelling" on her cheek bone area. What other treatments are available? Is there a surgical procedure and, if so, would it be a realistic option?

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Eating Trees

April 01, 2007

Q. My horses are eating the bark (within reach) on my mature silver maple and slash pine trees. I suspect it will kill the tree. Is there anything I can do to stop the horses or protect the trees?

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Upright Foals

March 01, 2007

Q. When a friend and I brought in some weanlings by the same stallion, we noticed that the foals all have the worst-shaped feet we have ever seen. They are all walking on their tiptoes, and their feet are very upright. Is this genetic?

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Maiden Mare

March 01, 2007

Q. I have a maiden mare. She is in estrus and has been bred twice. She bled both times. What would cause this? A tear? Should I just use artificial insemination?

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