Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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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Rabies Vaccination in Pregnant Mares

August 17, 2010

Q. Q: Can you address off-label use of the rabies vaccine in late-term broodmares? My therio vet won't give it because it's off-label usage. So I arrange for another vet in her practice to vaccinate my late-term mares. I cannot imagine my foals not having that protection from his or her first moments.
A: Rabies vaccination can be administered in the last trimester of pregnancy prior to delivery

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A Sticky Situation: Getting Tar Off Your Horse

August 01, 2010

Q. I painted some boards with tar rather than black paint. Of course my bay and white Pinto mare got some in her mane and on the white part of her neck. She has very sensitive skin. How can I remove the tar from her hair coat and skin safely?

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Disinfecting a Rented Stall

July 27, 2010

Q. I show during the spring and summer season and wanted to know how I can safeguard my horse before putting him in a wooden, concrete or metal stall that could have contained a sick horse the weekend before--without burning his lungs from bleach.

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Vaccinating for West Nile Virus at High Altitudes

July 18, 2010

Q. I live at almost 8,000 feet in the mountains of Colorado. As far as I know we have yet to have a case of West Nile virus above 6,000 feet, and only have mosquitoes for a few months anywhere in the state. Do I really need to vaccinate twice a year?

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Deworming and Boarding

June 22, 2010

Q. Q: In a boarding situation, does it make sense to test your horse's manure for worms or should they all be tested? A: If the horses at a boarding stable all share common pasture, your worm control program is only as good as the worst one there. It's essential that all horses at a boarding stable be on a uniform program, but I'm always amazed at how few establishments seem to be able to...

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Is She Ready to Foal Yet?

June 22, 2010

Q. How do I know if my mare is getting close to her delivery date?

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Vaccinating Older Horses

May 01, 2010

Q. Reader questions whether older horses need to be vaccinated against equine influenze ("flu"); Dr. Justin McCormick's answer discusses vaccination, vaccine efficacy, antibody titers, and increased risk of influenza infection in horses that travel.

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Does Hand-Feeding Treats Promote Biting?

May 01, 2010

Q. I've been told that hand-feeding treats to horses promotes biting. What is the "industry" stance on this issue? In my limited experience they seem to enjoy it and almost all horses I've hand-fed take it gently with their lips.

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Equine Cushing's in an Old Mare

March 01, 2010

Q. I have an Arabian mare who gave birth to a healthy colt at age 15 before returning to the show ring. She was diagnosed with Cushing's disease last year at 18, but we'd like to breed her again. Can she carry a foal to full term?

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Hard Keeper Help?

March 01, 2010

Q. Reader's question about why her Thoroughbred horse (stallion) won't put on weight despite excellent care, and a veterinarian's response discussing nutritional management, veterinary examinations, and genetics.

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Pinworm Suspicion

February 01, 2010

Q. Is it possible to detect pinworms in a fecal egg count test? One of my horses rubs his rump on the stall wall at every opportunity, and he begs me to scratch him under his tail whenever I am close. I know these worms are difficult to eliminate.

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Foal with Hoof Problems (Club Foot)

January 01, 2010

Q. The owner of a Quarter Horse foal with an early club foot asks for information on farrier/hoof trimming strategies and the possibility of surgery.

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Deworm on a Dry Lot?

December 01, 2009

Q. All of the articles I've read talk about managing parasites in horses with turnout time. Like many other owners in dry locations, here in New Mexico I don't have pasture. Both stalls and turnout areas consist of sand. I purchase bales of alfalfa and grass hay to feed my horses. What are the chances of parasite infection when horses do not graze?

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Sunburn Solutions

November 01, 2009

Q. My neighbor has a major problem with sunburn on her Appaloosa mare. She is a black mare with spots on her rump that sunburns easily. We have not been able to find anything that has helped it. What do you recommend to help it heal?

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Neck Atrophy

November 01, 2009

Q. I was told by a trainer that my horse has atrophy in her neck that could cause problems later in life. Can you tell me what I may be facing in the future? She is a 4-year-old mare. What, if anything, can be done?

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Trailering Anxiety or Heat?

October 01, 2009

Q. My 24-year-old Arab gelding recently came off the trailer very sweaty and with tremors in his shoulder muscle and hindquarters. It was only a 15-minute trailer ride, and it was sunny, but not hot. Is he suffering from heat issues because of his age?

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Cryptorchid Concerns

September 01, 2009

Q. I have a 24-month-old Azteca colt that has dropped only one testicle so far. He had two normal-appearing testicles at birth, and both of them withdrew above the inguinal ring before he was a year old. Do you believe cryptorchidism is hereditary?

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Weaving Worries

September 01, 2009

Q. I have a 12-year-old Tennessee Walker who weaves. I recently noticed lameness in the right front leg. How does weaving affect the lameness, and what treatments can I use to stop or decrease the lameness? Would steroid injections help?

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Snakebite Woes

August 01, 2009

Q. My mare's personality seems to have changed since a rattlesnake bite six years ago. She seems less people-friendly and less energetic. Is it from some sort of facial nerve damage from the bite? Have you heard of long-term effects from a snake bite?

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Guttural Pouch Tympany

August 01, 2009

Q. There seems to be little information available on the Internet about guttural pouch tympany. I lost a filly to this, along with displaced soft palate.

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Scoliosis in Adult Equines

July 01, 2009

Q. My gelding's back is skewed to the left, making riding uncomfortable for him. Could the crookedness in his spine be caused by overschooling with pain and incorrect muscle use? Or could the scoliosis have always been there and gotten worse?

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Rehabilitating Muscle

June 01, 2009

Q. Q: My horse has a severe laceration involving the biceps femoris and semitendinosis muscles (along the back of the hindquarter). He is 17 and in very good shape, training Prix St. Georges. We were able to suture the site and the incision is healing nicely. My question is on rehabilitation. What would be the best avenue to take to prevent too much scar tissue from forming and

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