Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Gelding Behavior

May 04, 2016

Q. My gelding has been dropping his penis more than usual. I have had him checked by my vet and he found no obvious issues. Could this be a behavior issue related to him being turned out with my mare?

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Geldings that 'Drop' During Training

April 27, 2016

Q. Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?

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Keep Horses Away From Creeping Indigo

April 20, 2016

Q. What is creeping indigo and will it hurt my horse?

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Laminitis Survivors: Getting Back on Grass

April 13, 2016

Q. After a horse has had a bout with laminitis, can she be brought up slowly on grass again, for say, 20 minutes daily? If so, how soon can this be done?

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Is My Horse a Tick Magnet?

April 06, 2016

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?

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Club Foot Heritability

March 30, 2016

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?

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How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

March 23, 2016

Q. A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.

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Positively Playful

March 17, 2016

Q. My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?

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Swayback in a Young Horse

March 16, 2016

Q. A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.

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Metastasizing Melanoma

March 09, 2016

Q. Can melanomas spread to a horse's central nervous system, and if so, is there any treatment available?

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Why Does My Horse Stumble After Jumping?

March 02, 2016

Q. My 9-year-old Belgian jumper is starting to lose his balance frequently after jumping. What kind of exams can I do to make sure everything is okay?

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Why a Veterinarian Should Vaccinate Your Horse

February 24, 2016

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.

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My Horse Keeps Eating his Himalayan Salt Block: Is he Okay?

February 14, 2016

Q. An equine nutritionist explains how to ensure your horse gets an appropriate amount of salt.

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Thrush Prevention

February 10, 2016

Q. We have been getting a lot of rain and flash floods lately. My 13-year-old Paint gelding is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. How do I treat thrush and how can I keep his feet dry?

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Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

February 03, 2016

Q. What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?

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Vaccination Recommendations for PPID and EMS Horses

January 27, 2016

Q. How should a senior horse with equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome be vaccinated?

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Staying Sound Post-Tendon Injury

January 20, 2016

Q. My OTTB has recently recovered from a bowed front tendon injury. What can I do to help him continue to stay sound in his new career?

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Collecting Colostrum

January 15, 2016

Q. How can you collect colostrum and save it for future use, and how long can you keep it? A veterinarian weighs in.

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Recipient Mares Pass Some Traits on to Foals

January 13, 2016

Q. A friend of mine suggested that receiving mares would influence the foals--especially regarding future performance ­records--in a negative way. Is there any proof or research available about the receiving mare's effect on the foal?

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Heat in a Compensating Limb

January 06, 2016

Q. I have an off-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?

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How Much Grain Should I Feed My Colic-Prone Horse?

January 04, 2016

Q. An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.

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Achieving Full Mobility After Bone Chip Surgery

December 30, 2015

Q. What therapies might help relieve the rest of a horse's body when treating a specific injury or recovering from surgery?

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Addressing Old Racing Injuries in Prepurchase Exams

December 23, 2015

Q. How do I explain a horse's previous injury to a potential buyer?

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Long-Toe, Low-Heel Hooves: Let Them Grow Naturally?

December 18, 2015

Q. I’m looking at a horse that has the long-toe, low-heel conformation. Do you agree with seeing how the horse naturally grows his feet out instead of trying to fix what’s already done?

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Sudden Conformation Change in an Aged Mare

December 16, 2015

Q. A vet weighs in on what might cause a well-conformed senior mare to become over at the knee and fall during a ride.

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