Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Obsessed with Salt

November 18, 2013

Q. My new 2-year-old filly is obsessively licking and biting her salt block. Does this suggest there's a problem with her diet or health, and can she hurt herself by consuming too much salt?

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Joint Injections

November 11, 2013

Q. My veterinarian recently started injecting my 24-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse's joints. When injecting multiple joints (for example, both the left and right hock), is it unusual for one joint to show more improvement than the other?

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Categorizing Horses after Fecal Egg Counts

October 21, 2013

Q. When a fecal egg count is done for my horse, how do I know if he's a high, medium, or low shedder of parasite eggs?

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Contraceptive Vaccine Use

October 14, 2013

Q. Are general horse owners using the contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida (or PZP)?

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Abnormal Facial Sweating

October 07, 2013

Q. What would cause a horse to sweat on only one side of its face?

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Post-Expiration Date Dewormer Efficacy

September 30, 2013

Q. Is dewormer still good after its expiration date?

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Common Parasite Eggs Found in Fecals

September 23, 2013

Q. What species of parasites are identified in a fecal egg count test?

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Encouraging Horses to Drink

September 16, 2013

Q. How can I encourage my horse to drink?

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Pigeon Fever: It has Nothing to do with Birds

August 26, 2013

Q. What causes pigeon fever in horses?

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Can Humans and Horses Transfer WNV to Each Other?

August 19, 2013

Q. Can horses contract West Nile virus from humans, or humans from horses?

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How to Recognize and Help an Overheated Horse

August 12, 2013

Q. What are some signs that a horse has overheated?

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Clover Control

August 05, 2013

Q. I struggle with clover in my fields. It grows so low that I'm unable to mow it, and now it's spreading and outcompeting the grass. Do you have any management suggestions to control clover that don't involve herbicides?

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Signs of Dental Discomfort

July 29, 2013

Q. Can a rider or owner tell if a horse is having dental issues?

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Rattlesnake Bite Vaccine

July 08, 2013

Q. Can you tell me about the equine vaccine for snakebites? Is it effective against all rattlesnake species in the United States? Is a horse that previously has been bitten by a rattlesnake more or less likely to have a severe reaction if bitten again?

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Preventing Gastric Ulcers

July 01, 2013

Q. What is the best way to prevent gastric ulcers in horses? I know there are various treatments available for horses that have been diagnosed with ulcers, but can horse owners in general prevent ulcers, and what is the best method in that regard?

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The Importance of Vaccination

June 24, 2013

Q. Why are vaccines important for the health of our horses?

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Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses

June 17, 2013

Q. I have heard many differing opinions about the possible health benefits of feeding horses vinegar. Is vinegar good for horses to consume?

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Lingering Lameness

June 04, 2013

Q. I have a 10-year-old mare that tore her deep digital flexor tendon two years ago where it meets the coffin bone. Would she be a candidate for adipose-derived regenerative stem cell treatment, or is the injury too old?

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Helping the Gassy Horse

May 21, 2013

Q. Are there any products available to give on a daily basis to horses that develop gas easily, or do you have any other suggestions on how to address the problem?

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Old School Tying Up Treatment

May 14, 2013

Q. Your article on tying-up left out the old remedy I have used successfully every time: vitamin E/selenium injections prior to whatever led to tying-up episodes in the past. I never had this fail and wonder why it has been abandoned?

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Prolonged Gestation: Is Fescue Toxicosis a Possibility?

April 30, 2013

Q. My mare was bred more than 390 days ago and still has not delivered the baby. She's showing signs she's in foal. I suspect fescue grass poisoning/toxicity is delaying the foaling. Is this possible? Should I give her domperidone?

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Insulin Resistance and Iron Overload

April 23, 2013

Q. Do you know of any research on how to reduce iron overload in horses that already are insulin resistant and have foundered? Is there an equine equivalent of chelation therapy to flush out toxins or heavy metals?

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Possibly Protective Broodmare

April 16, 2013

Q. I am concerned that my mare might be so protective that she won't let me near her or her foal. How will I deal with that?

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Introducing Mare and Foal to Other Horses

April 09, 2013

Q. At what age is it safe to introduce a foal to the herd? And is there a recommended way for introducing the foal and mare to the herd (one horse at a time, dominant horse first/last, geldings first, mares first, etc.)?

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Laminitis Risk Factors

March 26, 2013

Q. What is the most important risk factor that make some horses more prone or predisposed to laminitis than others?

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