Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
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?
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?
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?
June 24, 2013
Q. Why are vaccines important for the health of our 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?
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?
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?
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?