Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
April 06, 2015
Q. Whenever the farrier is working on my gelding's feet, he stretches his head straight out in front of him and twists it to the side. Is this just a strange habit he picked up at some stage?
March 30, 2015
Q. My water company recently announced that our new community water source is "hard" water, with higher levels of calcium and magnesium. Do I need to worry about the change in water or the additional source of calcium in my horses' diets?
March 16, 2015
Q. Bats have moved into one horse owner's barn. Find out if that's a good or bad thing.
February 24, 2015
Q. A veterinarian considers if Epsom salts and poultices really help draw out hoof abscesses.
February 09, 2015
Q. My horse recently suffered major chest trauma, deep lacerations, major blood loss, etc. He went into hypovolemic shock due to the blood loss following the injury and a bad colic. Can you tell me more about shock related to blood loss or trauma?
February 02, 2015
Q. I am concerned about an older horse where I board. Yesterday I found in her manure what looks like stringy intestinal tract with feces encapsulated inside. It does not look like worms. She is also not eating as well as usual. What could cause this?
January 26, 2015
Q. Find out how biotin might help hoof and haircoat.
January 19, 2015
Q. My horse receives 25 milligrams of Previcox daily to manage pain related to navicular syndrome. Is long-term use of this drug okay?
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.
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 18, 2014
Q. Equine reproduction specialist Ryan Ferris, DVM, shares the signs that a mare is in foal.