Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
April 20, 2016
Q. What is creeping indigo and will it hurt my horse?
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?
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?
March 23, 2016
Q. A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.
March 17, 2016
Q. My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?
March 09, 2016
Q. Can melanomas spread to a horse's central nervous system, and if so, is there any treatment available?
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?
February 03, 2016
Q. What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?
January 27, 2016
Q. How should a senior horse with equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome be vaccinated?
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?
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?
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?
December 09, 2015
Q. What's the difference between osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis?
December 01, 2015
Q. In extreme cold temperatures I wrap my horses' lower legs in fleece-lined boots at night, as they are prone to laminitis and I hope it will aid circulation and keep them warm. Do you think this helps them, or what would you suggest during winter?
November 25, 2015
Q. My 25-year-old Thoroughbred has had trouble keeping weight on after a stroke (he has always been a hard keeper). Ideally, he still needs to gain another 50-100 pounds. Do you have any recommendations?
November 18, 2015
Q. Do you have any suggestions for speeding the time it takes for proximal splints (in the forelimbs) to resolve?
November 10, 2015
Q. I have a 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that is in good health, and he is usually a pleasure to ride. He does very well with movement one direction, such as sidepassing to the right, but he seems very uncomfortable when I have him sidepass left...
November 04, 2015
Q. Why would a 9-year-old horse grow winter hair during the summer months?
October 28, 2015
Q. My stallion ate a piece of netting off a roll of hay. Will it pass through his system? What do I need to do to help it through?
October 07, 2015
Q. I have a 5-year-old old Irish Sport Horse mare, recently diagnosed with navicular syndrome. I was wondering what is the best way to take care of her and try to prevent things from getting worse?
September 23, 2015
Q. My horse was diagnosed with bilateral osteoarthritis of the pastern joints in the front legs. We tried IRAP therapy three years ago, and it made her sound. How long will she continue to remain sound from the IRAP treatment?
August 28, 2015
Q. Find out what kinds of skin parasites can cause scratches and how these pests respond to ivermectin treatment.
August 22, 2015
Q. What is the best way to treat ringbone in horses?
August 12, 2015
Q. Find out if reducing the carbohydrates in your horse's diet might calm him down.
July 27, 2015
Q. What is the best way to get rid of carpenter bees without harming my horse if he comes into contact with the insecticide used?