Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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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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

Q. I'm looking at a Quarter Horse cross, approximately 12 years old, who appears to be healthy. My only concern is that he has two blue eyes. Is there a possibility of vision problems in horses with two blue eyes?

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Geldings and Equine Viral Arteritis (EVA)

October 12, 2001

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.

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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

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

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Life After Colic Surgery

August 01, 2001

Q. My horse had successful colic surgery about 3 1/2 years ago. Is there any statistical data that shows a correlation between colic surgery and future health?

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If All Else Fails, Use Baycox?

August 01, 2001

Q. Several Standardbred trainers have told me that when a vet cannot find what is wrong with their horses, the vet will suggest putting them on Baycox. I recently had two vets tell me to try my 3-year-old trotter on Baycox.

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Manure Eating in Adult Horse

July 01, 2001

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We have a seven-year-old draft cross gelding who was treated for Lyme disease in October of 2000 with 8 grams of doxycycline (a broad-spectrum tetracycline antibiotic) twice daily for three weeks. Since that time, and not previously, we have witnessed him eating fresh manure of his pasture mates. We presumed that daily probiotics (Accel) would restore the gut flora, which we assumed he wa

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