Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Shoeing Prescription for Ringbone

February 01, 2002

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 My eventer was recently diagnosed with ringbone. I am led to believe that he should be shod so he can break over more easily, so I'm thinking of a rolled shoe. My question for the experts would be: How well can he jump with a rolled shoe? Wouldn't his "grip" on the ground be compromised? What else can be done? He has high periarticular ringbone and after just one shot of Adequan

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Protein-Losing Enteropathy Diagnosis

February 01, 2002

Q. My 3-year-old Quarter Horse gelding has been diagnosed with protein-losing enteropathy, but I can't find a whole lot of information on it for horses.

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Scrape That Won't Heal

February 01, 2002

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My 2-year-old Percheron gelding has a scrape just above his right hock (on the outside in the groove). He has had it since birth, but it was more irritated this summer. In winter, it gets dry, scabby, and hairless. What can I use to heal it, and possibly grow hair? It's about two inches by a half-inch. He's in otherwise excellent condition and on a regular deworming and immunization

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Front Foot Flick

February 01, 2002

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My 12-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse often "flicks" his left front foot when putting it forward. His previous owners said it was only a cosmetic problem, but my friends say it hurts him when I ride. However, after our latest three-mile ride, he didn't show any pain. What could cause this, and might he be in pain? Leslie

Your horse should see a veterinarian who is familiar with

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Retiring Performance Mares to the Broodmare Band

January 01, 2002

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Q: I was interested to read the question on mares returning to performance careers after foaling ("High Performance Broodmares" in the August 2001 issue of The Horse, article #2766 at www.thehorse.com). My question is a slight reversal of this. What, if any, problems could I expect from a mare who has been a performance horse (endurance)

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Moon Blindness Attacks

January 01, 2002

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 Q. Is there any food, treat, or climate that causes moon blindness flare-ups? My horse recently had one, and I want to prevent any more if possible. I already use a fly mask for "sunglasses." Paige

A. Unfortunately, we don't know what factors cause recurrence of inflammation in horses with equine recurrent uveitis (ERU) or "moon blindness." However, one of the causes o

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Ketoprofen Side Effects?

January 01, 2002

Q. Is ketoprofen an alternative to bute for navicular horses?

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Turnout Time for Warmblood Foals

December 01, 2001

Q. I am being told by "professionals" that warmblood foals should be turned out a limited amount of time. The "professionals" were a farrier (who shoes Olympic-quality horses) and a respected veterinarian. Their reasoning is that warmblood babies grow too fast and this would slow his growth down. This colt is trying to canter in a 12-foot by 12-foot stall with his 17.2-hand mom--he's chewing wood and

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Testing Passive Transfer of Antibodies

December 01, 2001

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Q. In an article about the newborn foal’s care (article #287), Christina Cable, DVM, talks about the CITE test as one of the most frequently used tests for foal antibodies in her area. Could you please give me more information about this

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Which Foot to Pad?

December 01, 2001

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Q. I just read your June “Ask the Vet” article about muscle toning and development (article #2775). It describes my horse exactly! Her left shoulder is more developed, and the right shoulder is farther forward and flat. Her left foot has a low heel and the right is slightly clubbed. Because of this, she has a hard time moving to the right, especially on 20-meter and

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Canker: What Is It?

November 11, 2001

Q. Q: My veterinarian mentioned that she was treating a horse on a nearby farm for canker. What is it? Where does it come from? And how do you treat it? Is it different from thrush?


A: To the best of our knowledge, canker is an anaerobic (grows in the absence of oxygen) infection in the superficial epithelium of the hoof (the horn-producing tissues of

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Glaucoma in Foals

November 10, 2001

Q. I am looking for information on glaucoma in foals. Any information will be helpful.

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Cushing's and Seizures?

November 05, 2001

Q. Seizures are rare in the horse, and adult horses especially have a high seizure threshold. Cushing's disease can cause seizures, but they are very rarely seen with this disease.

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When Your Horse Thinks He's a Termite...

November 01, 2001

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Q: Is chewing pressure-treated wood (the green-tinged wood) dangerous for horses?

Catherine

Q: Our horses have started eating our fences and tree bark quite frequently this year. They run on pasture, get 10% sweet feed once a day, and have salt blocks all over the pasture. Are they missing a supplement or vitamin?

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Phenylbutazone (Bute) Longevity

November 01, 2001

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I was wondering how many days phenylbutazone (Bute) can stay in a horse's system? I have a horse which has to stay on this medication on a fairly constant basis.

Carole

If you mean how long is the drug effective at reducing inflammation or how long can it be detected in serum or urine, the answers are different. Also, dosage is a significant factor, as

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Breeding Horses With Genetic Disorders

November 01, 2001

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I read on your site that two or three Quarter Horse stallions might be traced to the syndrome of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM). I have a performance Quarter Horse filly with PSSM, and I feel it is important to know who these sires are so I can be an informed and responsible breeder. The filly is great, but in picking out a stallion for her I would not want to double up on the

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Bouncing Knees a Problem?

November 01, 2001

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I have a 6-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that I trail ride in the mountains. He is noticeably "over at the knees." Often while riding, one knee or the other will wobble forward and back when we pause. He doesn't appear lame or swollen, but the bouncing makes me wonder if his tendons are sore. Most of my rides have uphill climbing, and I don't want to Bute him for every ride (three or fou

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Nephrosplenic Entrapment

November 01, 2001

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Q: My 17-year-old Quarter Horse had surgery in September of 2000 for nephrosplenic entrapment (in which the large colon becomes hooked over the nephrosplenic ligament). We went back on June 13 for the same surgery. They recommended that we change his diet to senior feed and timothy hay, and begin light work after two months of recovery. I don't show; my horses are just for

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Problems With Blue Eyes?

October 12, 2001

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Q: I'm looking at a Quarter Horse cross who is about 12 years old and appears to be perfectly healthy. My only concern is that he has two blue eyes. I have not had a pre-purchase vet exam done yet due to the vet's busy schedule, but was wondering if there is possibly a vision problem with a horse that has two blue eyes.

Loni


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Geldings and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

October 12, 2001

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Q: Is it possible for a gelding to have equine viral arteritis? I've read all about this disease in mares and stallions, but I have not read anything about it in geldings.

Nikki


A: It is certainly possible for a gelding to develop this disease. All categories of horses are

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Pre-Purchase Exams

October 01, 2001

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Q: Over the years, I've had a number of pre-purchase exams done on my horses. I've come to realize that one vet will read an X ray and say a horse has arthritis, osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), navicular problems, etc., but when you have a different vet read the same X rays, they will come up with totally different findings. Why is

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Disposal of Euthanized Animals

October 01, 2001

Q. Q: I work at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Md., with the Marine Animal Rescue Program. Occasionally a large marine mammal requires euthanasia. Are there risks to other animals that may eat the carcass of a euthanized horse or other animal?

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Wry Nose in Horses?

October 01, 2001

Q. I would like information on wry nose (laterally deviated rostral maxilla). I had a foal born with it and never heard of it before then. I would like to know what causes it and any other information about this condition. Also, how common is it in horses?

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Spleen Problems

September 17, 2001

Q. I remember reading that a horse's spleen is unique, but my friend said that horses don't even have a spleen. What's the truth?

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Tying-Up Syndrome

September 13, 2001

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I just bought a Thoroughbred filly which was in race training, but retired without running because of recurrent bouts of ‘tying-up.’ She had been turned out for six months before I got her, and never showed any problems while on the farm. What can you tell me about this disease?

Tying-up is a syndrome or description of a horse with muscle damage that has many different causes

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