Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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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Deworming Dilemma

January 31, 2011

Q. My horse lives alone in a two-acre pasture, but he is hauled to a public barn for exercising. Our vet has advised us to cut back on the every-other-month deworming schedule after a manure sample showed he had no worms. How often should we deworm?

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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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High-Protein Diet Okay for HYPP Horse?

November 01, 2010

Q. My 13-year-old Quarter Horse is HYPP +/-. He's worked moderately twice a week and is on turnout with access to grass and hay. I've switched his feed, but it contains 14% protein. I've heard high levels of protein make sa horse "hot." Is this true?

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My Horse Might Have Rabies ... What Now?

October 18, 2010

Q. What should you do if you suspect that your horse has rabies? How should you handle him to keep from getting it yourself?

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Wetting/Soaking Hay for Horses with Respiratory Problems

October 12, 2010

Q. My vet recommended I soak my mare's hay for an hour, but I see some indications to just wet it down. Is it just unnecessary to soak or actually harmful in some way?

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Deworming Horses: Can You Overdo It?

October 04, 2010

Q. Can you overdo deworming?

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Laminitis Survivors: Getting Back on Grass?

September 27, 2010

Q. After a horse has had a bout with laminitis, can she be brought up slowly on grass again, for say, 20 minutes daily? If so, how soon can this be done?

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Behavior Changes in West Nile Virus Survivors

September 20, 2010

Q. My horse contracted West Nile virus (WNV) before there was a vaccination for it. I've heard some horses have been reported to have very different personalities after having WNV and would like to know if any were able to be safely used afterwards.

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Gastric Ulcers in Horses: Frugal Management

September 06, 2010

Q. I have just had two sale horses diagnosed with Grade 2 ulcers. Considering the frequency of serious ulcers in performance horses and the cost of treatment, has anyone come up with any more affordable alternatives?

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Vaccinating Horses With EPM

August 24, 2010

Q. What is your opinion on giving half-doses of routine vaccinations to horses with EPM? I've read that a half-dose of vaccine in an adult horse is worthless. My horse has already received half-doses of everything. What can I do to protect him?

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