Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
April 07, 2014
Q. My horses got into a pasture yesterday where deer corn had been spread, and they ate some of it. Then, last night, they didn't want to eat anything. What is the deer corn going to do to them?
March 31, 2014
Q. Last spring my veterinarian requested her clients stop deworming their horses. We now do no deworming and have her perform two fecal egg counts per year--one in the spring and one in the fall. Is this program of not deworming okay for my horses?
March 24, 2014
Q. What is causing my horse to swell in the area his girth sits?
March 17, 2014
Q. My gelding had a really bad bout of cellulitis last summer, and we almost lost him to the disease. I've heard there is a greater chance he will get it again in the future. What are some possible preventative measures I can take to protect my horse?
March 03, 2014
Q. What might cause my mare to regurgitate her grain?
February 17, 2014
Q. I was only planning on blanketing when the temperature drops under 20 degrees Fahrenheit and in extreme weather. Will this compromise my horse's winter coat enough that I would need to blanket more?
February 10, 2014
Q. Does feeding a large amount of good quality hay to a group of horses on winter pasture covered in snow affect the animals' digestion and health?
January 20, 2014
Q. Should routine blood tests be used to assess a horse's health as part of a prepurchase exam?
December 30, 2013
Q. My mare throws her head up repeatedly when we ride her. She is in great health and has her teeth done by a certified equine dentist yearly. I do not want to put a tie-down on her, because that doesn't solve the problem. What suggestions do you have?
December 23, 2013
Q. My horses eat dirt, even with mineral and salt blocks available to them. I also give them vitamins and digestive enzymes. Why do they do this?
December 16, 2013
Q. Are joint injections meant to be used on a routine basis to prevent lameness, or as a therapeutic remedy for an existing problem? In either case, how often is too often?
December 09, 2013
Q. I recently started feeding my ulcer-prone performance horse a small portion of alfalfa hay for gut health. I often turn my growing 3-year-old out with him. Is it okay for my youngster to get alfalfa as well?
November 25, 2013
Q. Why can I see the whites of my horse's eyes all the time, even when he's relaxed? He is a chestnut Appendix Quarter Horse gelding.
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?
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?
October 14, 2013
Q. Are general horse owners using the contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida (or PZP)?
October 07, 2013
Q. What would cause a horse to sweat on only one side of its face?
September 30, 2013
Q. Is dewormer still good after its expiration date?
September 23, 2013
Q. What species of parasites are identified in a fecal egg count test?
September 16, 2013
Q. How can I encourage my horse to drink?
August 26, 2013
Q. What causes pigeon fever in horses?
August 19, 2013
Q. Can horses contract West Nile virus from humans, or humans from horses?
August 12, 2013
Q. What are some signs that a horse has overheated?
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?
July 29, 2013
Q. Can a rider or owner tell if a horse is having dental issues?