Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Round Pen Injuries

February 01, 2004

Q. Has there has been an increase in hind limb lameness since the round pen has become more popular?

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Regumate to Control Stud Behavior?

February 01, 2004

Q. My yearling stallion has begun his show career in longe line classes. He is beginning to lose concentration and act "studdy" at shows. It was suggested that I put him on Regumate to help control this behavior. What are the pros and cons?

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Excessive Girthiness

January 01, 2004

Q. I start young Thoroughbreds for racing, and occasionally I work with a horse that gets really "girthy." Can you tell me why this happens, what it is called, and what I can do to prevent it?

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Jutted Jaw in a Foal

January 01, 2004

Q. Our foal was born with something that our veterinarian called a "jutted jaw." Can you provide any information on this condition and what, if anything, needs to be done about it?

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Newborns Out of Breath

November 01, 2003

Q. I'd like to know more about foals who after being delivered, dried, and rubbed well, quit breathing in 10-20 minutes. We have done resuscitation by blowing into their nostrils and pumping their rib cages, and have rubbed them vigorously.

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Brushing Horses' Teeth

November 01, 2003

Q. Is there anything we can use on a horse's teeth to get all the gunk off and the grass out of their gums? Is it okay to use toothpaste?

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Can Laminitis be Inherited?

October 01, 2003

Q. I just read your excellent article "The Latest on Laminitis by Karen Briggs. Is laminitis an inheritable disease? What about founder?

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Ear Teeth?

October 01, 2003

Q. My yearling Standardbred colt has been diagnosed with a dentigerous cyst by the veterinarian. Can you possibly give me some information on this type of cyst?

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Starting a Rescue Facility

September 01, 2003

Q. I live in Florida, and I am researching private equine rescue facilities. I am interested in starting one in my area. I see a great need for it! Any info that you could send my way would be appreciated.

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Salting Hay for Storage

September 01, 2003

Q. I was told that using rock salt on hay that is kept in a small area would keep it from molding. Is this true, and would it do anything to the hay other than keep it dry?

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Pregnant Mares in Heat?

September 01, 2003

Q. Can you supply me with a veterinary explanation on whether a mare that is in foal can come back into season? We have had many discussions about this subject at my barn and are still divided on the answer.

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Foal Temperature Regulation

August 01, 2003

Q. Are foals born with the ability to sweat, or cool themselves? I recently clipped my 1-week old Norwegian Fjord colt as he was having a hard time with the 95-97 degree heat here in Florida.

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Reaction to WNV Vaccination?

August 01, 2003

Q. My miniature horse injured her shoulder last February (it has healed). However, after her first West Nile virus vaccination over a year later, she became lame in that leg/shoulder again. Is this a possible side effect to the vaccination?

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Risks of General Anesthesia

July 01, 2003

Q. Are there health risks simply from the anesthesia for a horse undergoing surgery? If so, what are these risks, and how common are complications from them?

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Wetting the Bed

July 01, 2003

Q. This year I have a colt which was born with a urinary problem. He keeps dripping urine, especially when he lies down. His genital area will be wet, just like kids when they sleep and just forget to wake up. Can you help me?

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Cleaning Water Buckets

July 01, 2003

Q. I'm concerned about keeping our horse's water buckets clean. So far, I have spritzed them every day with a weak bleach solution followed by a spritz of club soda with separate sponges. Any comments or alternatives?

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What Makes a Horse Yawn?

June 01, 2003

Q. What makes a horse yawn? Does this help the horse get lots of air in his lungs like with people? Is it a sign of anything in particular?

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Wrapping a Bowed Tendon for Exercise

June 01, 2003

Q. We have a 4-year-old Thoroughbred with a bowed tendon. He has been laid up for about a year and is now in training and doing well. When we race him, should we wrap his leg to support the bow or leave it open?

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Colt Fertility

June 01, 2003

Q. My husband and I have a mare in heat. I had suggested that we use a 2 1/2 year old stud that we own. He said that the stud is too young. Can you help?

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Why the White Spots?

May 01, 2003

Q. I'd like to ask a question about my horse's skin problem--depigmentation. He is a 10-year-old chestnut Hanoverian gelding with dark eyes and eyelids. But now there is a pink spot on his left upper eyelid and I think it's getting larger.

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Lyme Disease From Contaminated Feed?

May 01, 2003

Q. Is it possible for a horse to get Lyme disease from eating a tick with his pasture grass, or from eating an infected tick or other source of the bacteria in his hay or feed?

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The Whites of Their Eyes

May 01, 2003

Q. I have a 3-year-old filly which has prominent white around her eyes. Most farriers and several others tell me this is a sign of madness in a horse. I always thought that this was an old wives' tale. Could you please clarify this for me?

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Caring for a Newly Blind Horse

April 01, 2003

Q. We have a 19-year-old Appaloosa gelding that is going blind fast from a genetic disease. He is not coping with it well; he stumbles around, runs into things, leaves the herd, then gets confused and panics. Any advice?

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Foaming at the Mouth

April 01, 2003

Q. My friend's 3-year-old filly plays with her tongue so much that she foams at the mouth (without a bit). She also plays with the rails in her stalls at feeding time such that she has foam all over. What could be the problem?

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Mare vs. Stallion Genes

April 01, 2003

Q. I hear people talking about how genetic lines all trace through the paternal side of the horse. What about the mares?

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