Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Don't You Stick Your Tongue Out at Me!

May 01, 2002

Q. My 5-year-old Thoroughbred mare sticks her tongue out when I ride her, especially when asked to accept the bit or to go "on the bit." I have had an equine dentist examine and float her teeth, and I have tried different bits.

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Bute Toxicity in Neonates

May 01, 2002

Q. Q: My wife and I were told that giving Bute (phenylbutazone) to a mare in foal can cause heart defects in the foal, similar to aspirin taken by women in early pregnancy. Is there any connection? A: Signs of phenylbutazone toxicity in foals whose dams are treated with the drug are rare. However, some researchers have reported that the blood levels in foals from treated mares are similar...

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Flushing Solution?

May 01, 2002

Q. I worked at a breeding farm when I was in high school, and after we inseminated the mare we flushed the tube with some type of solution that either was skim milk or reminded me of skim milk. What was that solution and was it necessary?

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Pregnant Mare Weight Gain

April 01, 2002

Q. We have a 6-year-old Quarter Horse mare and a 21-year-old Paint mare, both in foal to the same stallion. The 6-year-old gained 31 pounds in a six-week period, and the 21-year-old gained 15 pounds in the same time period. Is this weight gain normal?

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Ruptured Stomach

April 01, 2002

Q. I had a broodmare which died from a ruptured stomach. From what I can find out, this is reasonably rare and I would like to know if I was somehow to blame.

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Mesquite Tree Beans Toxic?

April 01, 2002

Q. My horse recently had a horrible colic episode due to mesquite tree beans. According to my vet, the beans slow down gut motility--hence the colic. Do you have any information on this?

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Skin Problems and Climate

March 01, 2002

Q. We recently shipped a horse to Montana to be a ranch horse. His coat is taking a beating with the cold, dry air. He has little hair on his face, and his coat is thin and flaking. Are there any supplements or ointments that would help?

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Equine Lymphoma Cancer

March 01, 2002

Q. I am trying to find out if equine lymphoma cancer is hereditary, and any other causes and effects. I had to euthanize my 5-year-old Quarter Horse recently because he had this. How could I have known sooner that he might have had it?

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Shoeing Prescription for Ringbone

February 01, 2002

Q. My eventer was recently diagnosed with ringbone. I am led to believe that he should be shod so he can break over more easily. How well can he jump with a rolled shoe? Wouldn't his "grip" on the ground be compromised?

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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

Q. 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. What could cause this, and might he be in pain?

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Retiring Performance Mares to the Broodmare Band

January 01, 2002

Q. What, if any, problems could I expect from a mare who has been a performance horse (endurance) most of her life and is retiring to the broodmare paddock at the age of 11 or 12 for her first foal?

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Moon Blindness Attacks

January 01, 2002

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."

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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. Their reasoning is that warmblood babies grow too fast and this would slow his growth down. Is this true?

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Testing Passive Transfer of Antibodies

December 01, 2001

Q. In an article about the newborn foal’s care, 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 test?

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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. 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?

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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

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

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Phenylbutazone (Bute) Longevity

November 01, 2001

Q. 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.

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Breeding Horses With Genetic Disorders

November 01, 2001

Q. I read on your site that two or three Quarter Horse stallions might be traced to 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.

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Bouncing Knees a Problem?

November 01, 2001

Q. I have a 6-year-old gelding that I trail ride in the mountains who is noticeably "over at the knees." Often while riding, one knee or the other will wobble forward and back when we pause. Do you think the bouncing indicates discomfort?

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