Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
May 20, 2014
Q. My 12-year-old Standardbred mare has developed an unusual sweat pattern. Occasionally, she will limp on the leg closest to the sweat patch but there is no swelling or heat associated with the area. What could cause this issue?
May 12, 2014
Q. When I brought my two geldings back to the barn, the dark bay was covered in what seemed like hundreds of deer ticks while the chestnut maybe had five ticks. Why would there be such a difference in tick numbers if they were in the same pasture?
May 12, 2014
Q. My horse is a 6-year-old off-the-track Thoroughbred who raced until he was 3 years old. Whenever he has to pee, he gets very nervous and dances around. Is there any reason why this happens, and could it be linked to his time on the track?
May 05, 2014
Q. My gelding decided to put an older mare out of the herd. He will not let her anywhere close to the other horses. Have you heard of this, and is there anything I can do to get them all happily together again?
April 28, 2014
Q. The horse I'm interested in buying is a cryptorchid. I really like the horse--should I not consider buying him?
April 21, 2014
Q. I had my horses implanted with a microchip years ago. Recently, I attempted to change my contact information only to find out the website no longer existed. I obviously need to register my horses at a new site. What are my options?
April 14, 2014
Q. I recently purchased a Paint horse with a bald face with two blue eyes and pink skin around his eyes. Are horses with blue eyes more sensitive to light or more prone to eye disorders than other horses?
April 07, 2014
Q. My horses got into a pasture yesterday where deer corn had been spread, and they ate some of it. Then, last night, they didn't want to eat anything. What is the deer corn going to do to them?
March 31, 2014
Q. Last spring my veterinarian requested her clients stop deworming their horses. We now do no deworming and have her perform two fecal egg counts per year--one in the spring and one in the fall. Is this program of not deworming okay for my horses?
March 24, 2014
Q. What is causing my horse to swell in the area his girth sits?
March 17, 2014
Q. My gelding had a really bad bout of cellulitis last summer, and we almost lost him to the disease. I've heard there is a greater chance he will get it again in the future. What are some possible preventative measures I can take to protect my horse?
March 10, 2014
Q. Why can't we give our horses their vaccines ourselves? My barn friend said my shots won't count if I give them myself.
March 03, 2014
Q. What might cause my mare to regurgitate her grain?
February 24, 2014
Q. I have an off-the-track Thoroughbred I purchased with a mild suspensory strain. His hock on the affected leg is always warm compared his other hock and knees. Could this mean he's compensating for the suspensory injury?
February 17, 2014
Q. I was only planning on blanketing when the temperature drops under 20 degrees Fahrenheit and in extreme weather. Will this compromise my horse's winter coat enough that I would need to blanket more?
February 10, 2014
Q. Does feeding a large amount of good quality hay to a group of horses on winter pasture covered in snow affect the animals' digestion and health?
January 20, 2014
Q. Should routine blood tests be used to assess a horse's health as part of a prepurchase exam?
January 06, 2014
Q. The farm I work at has a mare with a club foot. Her mother did not have a club foot, but I am told her sister and her yearling colt did. Is club foot an inherited condition?
December 30, 2013
Q. My mare throws her head up repeatedly when we ride her. She is in great health and has her teeth done by a certified equine dentist yearly. I do not want to put a tie-down on her, because that doesn't solve the problem. What suggestions do you have?
December 23, 2013
Q. My horses eat dirt, even with mineral and salt blocks available to them. I also give them vitamins and digestive enzymes. Why do they do this?
December 16, 2013
Q. Are joint injections meant to be used on a routine basis to prevent lameness, or as a therapeutic remedy for an existing problem? In either case, how often is too often?
December 09, 2013
Q. I recently started feeding my ulcer-prone performance horse a small portion of alfalfa hay for gut health. I often turn my growing 3-year-old out with him. Is it okay for my youngster to get alfalfa as well?
December 02, 2013
Q. I have a 30-year-old hinny who is very skinny and is losing weight. Is there anything that I could give him to make him more comfortable, help him gain weight, and not cause him harm?
November 25, 2013
Q. Why can I see the whites of my horse's eyes all the time, even when he's relaxed? He is a chestnut Appendix Quarter Horse gelding.
November 18, 2013
Q. My new 2-year-old filly is obsessively licking and biting her salt block. Does this suggest there's a problem with her diet or health, and can she hurt herself by consuming too much salt?