Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Neck Nuisances

November 22, 2011

Q. My 27-year-old mare has a growth on the right side of her neck that is now the size of a small Nerf football. It's very hard and I assume it is becoming uncomfortable. What do you think this growth is? Is there any way to remove, treat, or shrink it?

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Dirty or Shy?

October 10, 2011

Q. I rescued a gelding earlier this year, and I have noticed he has some weird tendencies when urinating. I haven't seen him drop his penis, and when he urinates he just pees and then he starts to walk away while still urinating. Is this normal?

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Dirty or Shy?

October 01, 2011

Q. I have noticed my gelding has some weird tendencies when urinating. I haven't seen him drop his penis, so when he urinates he just pees and walks away while still urinating. Could this be a sign of a problem, or is it just odd behavior?

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Post-Outbreak Horse Hauling Concerns

September 01, 2011

Q. My horse will be hauled from an unaffected area to a state that was affected by the recent equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak. Do I need to be concerned? Should I vaccinate? Should I delay the trip? Are there questions I should ask the hauler?

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Mysterious Swelling

September 01, 2011

Q. My horse has a swollen 24-inch "vein" on the middle of his underbelly and all the way up to his genitals, which are also swollen. Is there anything I can apply to reduce the swelling? There also was a hard lump near this possibly from a bug bite.

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Weight Gain for Older Horses

August 01, 2011

Q. My 25-year-old Thoroughbred has had trouble keeping his weight up 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?

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A Hivey Horse

July 18, 2011

Q. My 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare has suddenly started developing hives/welts over the last few months. My vet says she's highly allergic to Bermuda hay, oats, and several weeds. Do horses of this age get sudden allergies often?

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Summer Horse Housing: Barn or Pasture with Shade?

July 06, 2011

Q. I live in Northern Illinois where the summers can be very hot and humid. Where is the best place for a horse during the hottest part of the day--in a barn with fans or outside? We are on a hill, so we usually have a brisk breeze.

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Lateral Resistance in a Quarter Horse

June 03, 2011

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...

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Coggins Test for Equine Infectious Anemia (Swamp Fever)

May 31, 2011

Q. My horse was turned away from a horse show because we didn't have proof of a current negative Coggins test. Is it really that important?

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Summer Slim-Down (for a Belgian horse)

May 02, 2011

Q. I have 9-year-old Belgian gelding that I'm trying to slim down for showing this summer, but I do want to make sure he is getting all of his nutritional requirements, especially for the winter. He has free-choice access to pasture, which I know is not good, but we don't have the facilities or time to do scheduled time on pasture. He is pretty idle for a draft horse

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Horse Drops Feed

May 02, 2011

Q. My horse has an unusual problem. A dentist has worked on him, but he still drops his oats while trying to eat them. Now he is being fed pellets. I do not know if grazing is a problem for him, but he did drop in weight during the winter. Do you have any idea what the problem might be? If his teeth were in need of treatment for a long period of time, could he have developed a bad way of eating

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Lactation: No End in Sight

May 01, 2011

Q. My mare foaled in November 2007 and, to date, still produces enough milk that ... when you squeeze her nipple, a stream occurs. The bag is not extended, but milk is always present. A couple of years ago my veterinarian gave this horse a shot to help

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Arytenoid Chondritis (Breathing Problem)

April 01, 2011

Q. I have an 8-year-old Thoroughbred mare that was diagnosed with arytenoid chondritis. What causes arytenoid chondritis, and is it curable? Are there any management changes I can make to keep her comfortable? Is this condition hereditary?

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Dirty Mares

March 01, 2011

Q. Are there any new treatments on the horizon for "dirty mares"? I have a mare that is having trouble conceiving and was diagnosed with this problem.

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Cryptorchid Colt, Missing Equipment?

February 01, 2011

Q. Q: My mare foaled recently and the colt's testicles and umbilicus are set way back between the hind legs, more than normal. The veterinarian checked him and said he can't feel the penis. He has not seen anything like this before. Any ideas where I could find information about this condition?

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Folliculitis in Horses: What to Do?

January 31, 2011

Q. I own a 28-year-old thin mare that I have been treating for folliculitis (inflammation of the hair follicles) with Betadine surgical scrub baths, and she has many bald spots on her rump. What can I use to help grow the hair back quickly?

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Corneal Ulcers

January 01, 2011

Q. I was wondering about corneal ulcers in horses. I have a 30-year-old horse that has lost eyesight in one eye from age, and I am treating him now for a corneal ulcer. I read your article on eye problems (November 2010 issue) and was wondering what medications are usually used for treating this problem. I know I am using (antibiotics) neomycin and polymyxin B and bacitracin, zinc ointment, and

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Eye Color and Blindness

December 01, 2010

Q. I have a 5-year-old horse that has one blue eye and one brown eye. I have been that told he is going blind in the blue eye and will proceed to go blind in the other within the next couple years. Is it common for a horse with blue eyes to lose sight?

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Monitoring Fetal Heart Rate in Horses

December 01, 2010

Q. Is it possible to hear a fetal horse's heart rate with a high-quality stethoscope? If so, at about what stage of gestation, and what is the optimal position of the drum?

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Can Horses Get Grave's Disease/Bilateral Goiter?

December 01, 2010

Q. Have you ever heard of a bilateral goiter in a horse? My gelding has had a goiter all his life that has not caused any problems. I've noticed a second lump, and possible goiter, on his neck. Can horses get Grave's disease?

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Sudden Conformation Change in an Aged Mare

December 01, 2010

Q. Q: I have a 20-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare that I have owned since she was born. She has been in extensive training and showing since she was four and has been awarded high honors in breeding quality status. However, over the past two years she has become increasingly over at the knee and bobbles her knees just standing in her stall. She fell down while I was riding her not long ago

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Rabies in Horses: Exposure and Clinical Signs

November 02, 2010

Q. What are the more common ways that a horse would contract rabies? What are the symptoms that one would look for?

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Lethargic Horse, Trouble Urinating, What Is It?

November 01, 2010

Q. My 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding is lethargic and has trouble urinating. He stretches a lot and lies down; he's just not his jovial self. He has been eating, but he doesn't show enthusiasm about his food. What could be affecting my horse?

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Vasculitis Concerns

November 01, 2010

Q. My vet said my filly had vasculitis and started her on steroids and other drugs, in conjunction with hosing and wrapping her swollen legs. If we get through this episode, can this disease recur for the rest of her life, or is it now cured?

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