Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
January 13, 2015
Q. A veterinarian has diagnosed a 12-year-old Quarter Horse mare at my stable with ulcers. Is there a specific type of diet that should be followed for this type of ailment?
January 05, 2015
Q. I have taught my horse to do carrot stretches from side to side and down between her legs. She’s become so enthusiastic about them, however, that she immediately tries to wrap her neck around to her flanks or between her legs when I enter her stall.
December 30, 2014
Q. Learn why a horse gets bullied by her herdmate.
December 22, 2014
Q. I have a lame horse, and veterinarians suspect he has laminitis and osteoarthritis in the third phalanx (coffin bone) along with several bone structure problems. Would a neurectomy help or cause further complications?
December 16, 2014
Q. I would like to know about the different ways a tooth can grow in the wrong place on a horse. Can a tooth ever grow out of the front of the head close to the eye?
December 10, 2014
Q. Is it worthwhile to deworm my horses during the winter? I've heard that internal parasites aren't around this time of year.
December 01, 2014
Q. We just got a 4-year-old stallion at our barn, and I wanted to know if even with electric fencing will he be able to break out to get in with the mares that are in the paddock next to him?
November 24, 2014
Q. An owner inquires about how to address and reverse her horse's fear-based behavior.
November 18, 2014
Q. How do you correct a misbehaving horse that hates cats?
November 10, 2014
Q. A horse owner wonders if a farrier moving from barn to barn during the day could spread equine diseases.
November 04, 2014
Q. An equine critical care specialist shares advice for dealing with a colic while waiting for your vet.
October 27, 2014
Q. I have a 17-year-old that has a fractured navicular bone that has calcified. I have seen magnetic bell boots available on the market and was wondering if these would help with the pain. Is there any type of treatment or surgery that can repair this?
October 21, 2014
Q. When are red maple leaves lethal to horses?
October 13, 2014
Q. Find out the most common way horses contract equine protozoal myeloencephalitis, or EPM.
October 06, 2014
Q. Find out what kind of physical exercise might help improve a horse with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis.
September 26, 2014
Q. An owner seeks advice about deworming her horse that lives alone, travels to a public barn for exercise, and had a fecal sample that did not reveal any parasite eggs.
September 22, 2014
Q. Find out why a mare might be guarding her caretakers during feeding.
August 26, 2014
Q. A veterinarian who’s also a certified farrier explains frog exfoliation and what you should do if it happens to your horse.
August 18, 2014
Q. Equine reproduction specialist Ryan Ferris, DVM, shares the signs that a mare is in foal.
August 11, 2014
Q. A reader seeks answers about a Caslick's procedure and how the area should be opened prior to foaling.
August 04, 2014
Q. How can an owner help a ribby but successful racehorse gain weight, and what might be behind the filly's body condition? Our source shares some thoughts.
July 25, 2014
Q. Should I look for hay that comes from a fertilized or unfertilized field? In what ways would the nutrition be affected? Does fertilizing the field increase the protein content of the hay? What are appropriate questions to ask regarding the hay?
July 21, 2014
Q. A horse owner wonders if there's any danger using drugs that have past their expiration dates.
July 14, 2014
Q. Should an owner administer over-the-counter procaine penicillin to sick horses or those that could have an infection? A veterinarian responds.
July 09, 2014
Q. If research shows that Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods are more likely to have twin pregnancies, could this be in relation to the number of mares that receive injections to encourage ovulation?