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Clogged Tear Duct

April 01, 2007

Q. My horse has a clogged tear duct. We are treating her with antibiotic drops, but she has a "swelling" on her cheek bone area. What other treatments are available? Is there a surgical procedure and, if so, would it be a realistic option?

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Eating Trees

April 01, 2007

Q. My horses are eating the bark (within reach) on my mature silver maple and slash pine trees. I suspect it will kill the tree. Is there anything I can do to stop the horses or protect the trees?

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Upright Foals

March 01, 2007

Q. When a friend and I brought in some weanlings by the same stallion, we noticed that the foals all have the worst-shaped feet we have ever seen. They are all walking on their tiptoes, and their feet are very upright. Is this genetic?

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Maiden Mare

March 01, 2007

Q. I have a maiden mare. She is in estrus and has been bred twice. She bled both times. What would cause this? A tear? Should I just use artificial insemination?

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Farrier Hygiene

February 01, 2007

Q. Many veterinarians and farriers have told me that white line disease is becoming more common. Is it ridiculous of me to purchase my own blacksmithing tools for the farrier to use exclusively on my horse?

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Breeding a Laminitic Mare?

February 01, 2007

Q. Q: Is it safe to breed a mare that is prone to laminitis? A: There are several considerations that go into the decision to breed a mare that is prone to laminitis. Is the laminitis an occurrence that can usually be prevented by good dietary (pasture and supplemental feed) management? Is the laminitis secondary to a condition such as equine Cushing's disease?

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Overexcited Stallion

February 01, 2007

Q. I have a stallion that "saucers" (exhibits glans penis enlargement) prior to mounting. We have to back him up several times before he can mount and penetrate the mare. Any suggestions?

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What Causes Seizures?

December 06, 2006

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Q: My eventer has recently been diagnosed with seizures. However, despite blood tests, we have no idea what causes them. The episodes last for approximately two minutes, and once they are over, he is completely normal again. He has never had them while being ridden, and they mostly occur in the paddock.

We've moved three times in the last few years, and his food has been

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NSAIDs and Pregnancy

December 01, 2006

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Q: A mare I am planning to breed had shoulder surgery almost two years ago (part of her scapula was removed due to a fracture). Although she healed well, she recently slipped and reinjured the shoulder. She's on Bute twice a day. I have read that Banamine is safer for pregnant mares than Bute. Should I consult with my veterinarian about switching her to Banamine instead of

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Euthanasia Assistance

November 01, 2006

Q. Some veterinarians and shelters will take care of your pet for free if you have a low income or are out of work. Can people with no money get a veterinarian to euthanize their horse for free?

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Lame or EPM?

November 01, 2006

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About a year and a half ago, my horse was diagnosed with EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis), which he was treated for, and I haven't seen any signs since. Now he's having hock issues. My veterinarian injected him with pure acid (he didn't use steroids in fear of an EPM relapse). There was excess discolored fluid in all of the joints, and one was very bloody. Because they were so bad, my

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Autumn Pests

October 01, 2006

Q. Every fall, I see bot flies terrorizing my horses. I have tried to get rid of them or to even cut their numbers down, but I have not been successful. I have cows in the next pasture, and someone told me cows attract bot flies. Is this true?

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Am I Buying a Problem? (Laminitis)

October 01, 2006

Q. I have been leasing a pony for two years. She has foundered the past two years on the spring grass. The farrier said her feet have "separated." The vet says she is sound. Is foundering chronic once started? Will she be able to competitively jump?

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Seizures in Horses

September 17, 2006

Q. I'm interested in purchasing a horse which has a history of seizures. What could they be caused by, are there different forms, and is there anything I can do to prevent them from happening again?

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Misplaced Nail

September 01, 2006

Q. Two days after my farrier shod my mare, she became lame on a front hoof. When I pulled the shoe, I saw that he had put two nails in too high. She is painful and won't put any weight on it at all. How long will this go on?

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Hay for the Laminitic Horse

September 01, 2006

Q. Is there a particular type of grass hay that is better than others as a long-term part of the maintenance diet for a horse prone to laminitis?

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Information on Inducing Labor

August 01, 2006

Q. I am searching for information or articles on induced parturition (labor). Is there any information published on this topic?

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Could This be Back Pain?

August 01, 2006

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My mare appears to be in pain particularly in the withers, shoulder, and stomach areas. She used to round her back, but has since stopped. She squeals when she is touched. She has been checked for ovary problems, bladder problems, lameness, and her blood test came back normal. Is it possible that she has a pinched nerve? Is there anything else I can check out for her?

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Recovering From EPM

July 01, 2006

Q. My horse was diagnosed about six months ago with EPM (equine protozoal myeloencephalitis). This affected his hindquarters, and he is still stiff and sometimes wobbly. Is there anything I can do to help him gain his strength back?

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Torn Eyelid Injury

July 01, 2006

Q. The bottom line is any injury that tears skin or causes painful swelling around the eye should receive immediate veterinary attention. I would have advised a visit on the day of this injury.

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Help, My Horse is Too Fat!

June 01, 2006

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Q: My 14-year-old mare has severe obesity problems. The veterinarian ruled out Cushing's disease because she does not exhibit the typical Cushing's traits. I am afraid to work her for fear that any overexertion will harm her physically. Are there any dietary supplements that can help to speed up her metabolism rate?

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Dealing with Old Injuries

June 01, 2006

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I have a 20-year-old Quarter Horse that is in top working condition, worked daily in basic dressage, and he is always happy to jump whatever I ask him to. However, before I purchased him, he had a deep wound in his offside flank. It’s long been healed, but it has left a star-shaped scar. He is very supple on his near side, but his hip is stiffer on the wounded side. Could this be from old

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Unexplained Swelling

June 01, 2006

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I have a 16-year-old gelding that I found lying down with a swollen rear leg. I assumed that he had gotten his leg hung in the fence, but the next morning, I noticed that his front leg diagonal from his affected back leg was also swollen, and I noticed what appeared to be a cut inside his nostril. The next day all four legs were swollen and his nose and lower lip were very swollen and were

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Hematomas in Horses

May 01, 2006

Q. What exactly happens the minute after the direct trauma (like a kick or a collision)? How does the blood pool? Are there many complications?

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Mouth Ulceration

May 01, 2006

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Q: My 7-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse has developed ulcers on the bars of his mouth. They quickly resolved within a week of antiseptic mouth washes, but returned three weeks later. The bit is well-placed in his mouth and doesn't touch the affected area. His hay, grain, and turnout have remained the same. Any idea why this would

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