Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Helping Older Horses Get Up

March 01, 2006

Q. I have an older horse that sometimes lies down and has trouble getting up. My vet thinks it is advanced arthritis in his stifles. Do you have any rescue equipment that you have used to lift a horse up?

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Will Eating Grass Seeds Hurt My Horse?

February 01, 2006

Q. A local horseman said it would be fine to dump our two bags of buckwheat, red clover, and twitch grass seed in the exercise area. In the last few days, our new horse has completely abandoned her hay bale and is eating just the seeds.

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Correcting Foundered Feet

January 31, 2006

Q. Can coffin bone (also called the third phalanx, or P3) rotation be improved or corrected in horses that have foundered (suffered laminitis severe enough to displace the coffin bone)?

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Will Cimetidine Hurt the Foal?

January 01, 2006

Q. I have a gray mare that's 19 years old and has melanomas under her tail. I cut off her cimetidine before breeding her recently. I would like to put her back on the cimetidine to keep the melanomas under control, but don't want to compromise the foal.

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Frozen vs. Cooled Semen

January 01, 2006

Q. We are getting ready to breed our mare to a stallion whose semen is only shipped frozen. Does using frozen-thawed semen instead of cooled semen reduce the chances of our mare getting pregnant?

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Pelvic Fracture

December 01, 2005

Q. My 6-year-old mare suffered a pelvic fracture from a pasture accident five months ago. My veterinarian examined her and prescribed stall rest. What timeframe can I expect for starting light exercise and how can I tell if she is ready?

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Shoeing Wild Horses

December 01, 2005

Q. I've just adopted a wild horse and have heard that they often don't need shoes. She is in a quarter-acre dry lot connected to a 10-acre irrigated pasture for turn-out. Do we need to shoe her?

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Urinating Too Often?

November 01, 2005

Q. My 3-year-old registered Paint gelding urinates up to three times in a three-to-four hour period. If we are concerned about a kidney problem, what tests can we do?

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Snake Bite Preparedness

October 01, 2005

Q. Our area has a healthy population of rattlesnakes. I would like to be prepared in the event one of our horses gets bitten. What are the procedures and supplies we should have on hand?

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Pinworm Problems

October 01, 2005

Q. I have a 10-year-old mare being treated for pinworms. She incessantly rubs her tail. She also uses the wall of her stall or anything else available to lean on while defecating. Are these signs related? Could they be behavioral?

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Swollen Thyroid Gland

September 01, 2005

Q. My 19-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has a swollen thyroid gland on the right side of his throatlatch. It was about the size of a grapefruit, but recently it has decreased to about one-third of its original size.

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Corneal Dystrophy

September 01, 2005

Q. I own a 12-year-old foundation-bred Appaloosa gelding. Five years ago he was diagnosed with corneal dystrophy, which seems to be extremely stable. What is the exact nature of the problem, and the long-term prognosis for my horse?

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Worrisome Warts

August 01, 2005

Q. I have a yearling that has warts in her ear. They have grown so much that the mass almost fills her whole ear. She will not let us touch it, which is a problem for her training. Will the warts eventually go away, or should we have them removed?

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Mineral and Electrolyte Balance

August 01, 2005

Q. Developing a good strategy for mineral/electrolyte replacement during rest stops when traveling with horses

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International Breeding

July 01, 2005

Q. I brought two Walking Horse mares to France. I would like to breed to a U.S. stallion and want to know what the success rate might be with shipped frozen or cooled semen. Will I run into importation red tape?

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How to Improve Stallion Fertility?

July 01, 2005

Q. I have a young Dutch warmblood stallion with some fertility issues. We want to ship the best-quality semen we can achieve. Is there anything we can do to improve motility? What do you think of using agnus castus (vitex)?

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Cicatrix in Older Horse

June 01, 2005

Q. My veterinarian has estimated that my horse's pharynx is 30% constricted and has diagnosed cicatrix. Can you tell me more about this condition?

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Maiden Mare Fertility

June 01, 2005

Q. I have a 12-year-old Quarter Horse maiden mare I would like to breed. We have not been able to get her to settle after breeding her with cooled semen for three cycles. What could be causing fertility problems in an otherwise healthy mare?

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What is Ringbone?

May 01, 2005

Q. My 17-year-old Arab gelding has been diagnosed with ringbone. His granddam and another of her offspring also had this disease. What exactly is ringbone? Is it hereditary? What is its cause?

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Recurrent Mastitis

May 01, 2005

Q. We have a 25-year-old mare that gets a case of mastitis almost like clockwork every 35 days. It responds to antibiotics, but takes a full 10-14 days of treatment. What could be the cause?

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Lyme Disease and Shipping Stress

April 01, 2005

Q. We have a horse on antibiotics for Lyme disease. After his 30-day regimen, he will be shipped from New England to California. Will the stress from the trip cause a flare-up in this disease? Is it a risk to ship him?

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Black Walnut Tree Shavings as Trail Mulch?

April 01, 2005

Q. We are planning to start making riding trails on our heavily wooded property. We plan to chip the wood to mulch the trails. However, we have a good number of black walnut trees, and I am wondering if the wood chips pose a health risk to our horses.

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Bone Spurs

March 01, 2005

Q. What exactly are bone spurs, how do they affect a horse's performance, how common are they, what causes them, and how can I manage them in my performance horse?

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Freeze Branding a Horse

March 01, 2005

Q. I am interested in freeze branding my horses. What is involved in the process? Can I do this myself, or do I need help?

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Treatment for Ringworm

March 01, 2005

Q. I have consulted with three local veterinarians about the best way to treat ringworm. Each one gave me a different treatment recommendation. What is the most effective way to treat ringworm?

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