Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Cross-Species Deworming

March 01, 2008

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Q: We have a stable yard with over 50 horses. The horses are on a quarterly deworming program. In the middle of the summer, we deworm the horses for tapeworms. How do the worm infestations of horses and domestic pets, such as dogs and cats, correspond with each other, if at all? If we deworm the horses now, but horse owners' pets are carrying a load of worms, can these animal

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Tough to Swallow

March 01, 2008

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Q: My 3-year-old pony mare developed a purulent (discharging pus) head infection last summer and was subsequently diagnosed with a stenotic (narrowing) left guttural pouch, which required two laser surgeries to correct. Surgeons constructed an opening to allow the infection to drain. The infection cleared up, but she now ends up inhaling feed and water when she eats and

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"Swayback" In a Young Horse

February 01, 2008

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Q: I have a 3-year-old gelding. I bought him when he was almost 2, at which time he appeared somewhat swaybacked. He had, and still does have, very high withers. He was still growing, so I thought that as he aged and grew he would appear less swaybacked. On the contrary, the swayback has worsened as he's gotten older. I requested pictures of him as a weanling and yearling, an

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Genetic Test for "Sow Mouth"?

February 01, 2008

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Q: I read the article "Orthodontics for Horses," authored by David O. Klugh, DVM, FAVD/Equine (available on TheHorse.com at article #9671). In regard to the Class III malocclusion (the lower jaw is longer and teeth are not in a position of normal occlusion), he mentions that this can be either hereditary or a

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Hair Club for Horses?

January 01, 2008

Q. I have a 9-year-old bay Quarter Horse gelding. He is losing his hair, and it's not just typical shedding--he's getting bare spots of skin. Any hints as to what it could be?

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Pain in The Neck

December 01, 2007

Q. A 10-year-old Icelandic gelding has a tendency to hold his head to the right while at a walk

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Needing a Pick-Me-Up

December 01, 2007

Q. I have a 20-year-old Quarter Horse, and I have had trouble putting weight on her for the past few years. She also sleeps a lot. Is her lack of energy due to the low weight? What are the other possible causes? Is there something else I can feed her?

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Belching Horse

November 01, 2007

Q. I have a 16-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse gelding who appears to be in perfect physical condition, except for one thing--he belches. Often. Can anything other than ulcers cause this?

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Stopping the Flow

November 01, 2007

Q. I have a mare that is still lactating heavily months after weaning her foal. What is the cause of this? And how can it be cured or prevented?

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Sticky Stifles

October 01, 2007

Q. I had my vet come out when I first got my horse to investigate a strange popping sound I heard when he turned in a small circle. My vet said it was in his stifles, but I'd like to get a second opinion. What questions should I ask?

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Nip a Bone Spur in the Bud?

September 01, 2007

Q. Can bone spurs be surgically removed, as in osteochondritis dissecans cases? If not, is there something that can be done?

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What to Expect from a Veterinarian?

September 01, 2007

Q. I am looking for general information regarding my veterinarian and horse care. What should I expect from the veterinarian? Is there a set protocol or standard that I should be asking for?

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Rude Noises

August 01, 2007

Q. My new mare had trouble foaling her colt three years ago and ended up tearing, requiring stitches. Now she is constantly "sucking air" (into her vulva). Is there anything that can be done to rectify this or minimize the air intake?

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PHF Vaccine Efficacy: Better Safe than Sorry?

August 01, 2007

Q. Has there been new research completed on the available vaccines for Potomac horse fever (PHF) or are they what veterinarians gave years ago? Are our vaccines up-to-date as far as preventatives?

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Recuperating Back Muscles

July 01, 2007

Q. My 17-year-old Half-Arabian gelding underwent colic surgery, recovered well, but he has lost tone in his belly muscle and his back has dropped, and his saddle doesn't fit at all anymore. How can I get his back to recuperate?

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Hitch in the Giddy-Up

June 01, 2007

Q. Question:I have a Trakehner/Thoroughbred cross that starts flexing his hind legs rather noticeably when trotting and/or beginning to canter. He usually does not do this unless he gets excited in the trot, is striking off in the canter, or is transitioning to trot from canter. He never does this at the walk. He is three years old and quite big, and he is probably still growing. His hind legs appear

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Clunking Hocks

June 01, 2007

Q. My two Miniature Horses, one yearling and one weanling, have a horrible clunking sound that definitely comes from their hocks. I only hear it when they walk, never at the trot or canter. What is this condition and can it be treated?

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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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