Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

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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Unusual Spots

March 12, 2013

Q. Our mare has suddenly developed white spots all over her body with no apparent cause. There doesn't seem to be any irritation or irregularity in the skin. Are there any clues as to the cause?

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Differences in Urine

March 05, 2013

Q. My two horses' urine output is very different. The ammonia smell of my Thoroughbred's urine is a lot stronger than that of my Quarter Horse. I read that protein affects ammonia levels--could that be why? What could be causing this?

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Why Does My Horse Drool so Much?

February 26, 2013

Q. My gelding drools every once in a while. My vet says he's in excellent dental health. Could his drooling be due to an allergy? Or could it be behavioral because I give him treats?

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Will Rolling Cause Colic?

February 19, 2013

Q. Does the actual act of normal rolling cause torsion? Also, is there a relationship between torsion colic and time of feeding or amount fed?

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Timing of Gelding

February 12, 2013

Q. Does any loss of body size or development result from early gelding? One of our local veterinarians will not geld before the horse is a year old. Is there any research on this topic?

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Concerning Collapse

February 05, 2013

Q. My mare collapsed while warming up at a show. Upon standing, I checked her vitals and all were normal. Since then, she's been lethargic and more marish. My vet and I have been trying to figure out what is wrong. Any ideas?

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Bedding Down the Senior Horse

January 29, 2013

Q. How essential is stall bedding for a senior horse?

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Loose Stools in Old Age

January 15, 2013

Q. My 27-year-old gelding is generally healthy. However, this year he developed loose stools. He's on a dewormer program and has his teeth regularly floated. Is there something I'm missing?

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Encouraging Cold Weather Water Consumption

January 08, 2013

Q. Is it a good idea to add a little salt to your horses' diet in the winter to get them to drink more water?

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Bacteria in Semen

December 11, 2012

Q. I'm wondering if there is a bacterial component that can be present in stallion semen. We have a stallion that will settle mares easily one year and then not be able to settle mares the next.

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EPM and Pregnancy

December 04, 2012

Q. I know there are many treatments available for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), but are there any that are safe for use in pregnant mares? Would sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine (Rebalance) be a safer option over either of these?

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Body Heat and Thermal-Neutral Temperature

November 27, 2012

Q. What is a thermal-neutral temperature?

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Cold-Weather Equine Ear Protection?

November 20, 2012

Q. Do horses living outside need their ears protected during cold weather?

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Age for Onset of Osteoarthritis

November 13, 2012

Q. At what age is osteoarthritis likely to start in a horse?

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October 01, 2012

Q. My 13-year-old pony stallion was quite well-muscled and stocky with a pronounced crest when he was younger. After a leasing period, he returned seriously underweight with significant muscle atrophy and a soft, almost floppy crest. Can we remedy this?

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