Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
January 18, 2017
Q. Should I look for hay that comes from a fertilized or unfertilized field? In what ways would the nutrition be affected? Does fertilizing the field increase the protein content of the hay? What are appropriate questions to ask regarding the hay?
January 16, 2017
Q. An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.
January 13, 2017
Q. How can you collect colostrum and save it for future use, and how long can you keep it? A veterinarian weighs in.
January 10, 2017
Q. A veterinarian explains terms often used to describe horses with front-limb lameness that might be associated with the navicular bone.
January 04, 2017
Q. Learn how to teach your horse an alternate response to triggering stimuli.
December 28, 2016
Q. A veterinarian who’s also a certified farrier explains frog exfoliation and what you should do if it happens to your horse.
December 21, 2016
Q. I've read several articles that suggest watching your horse in the pasture to learn more about the herd's social structure and horse behavior in general. What are some specific things I should watch for?
December 14, 2016
Q. Have horses been known to show significant behavior changes right before death? If so, why does this happen?
December 07, 2016
Q. Should you let a horse dwell on a spooky object?
November 30, 2016
Q. Can you explain more about the effectiveness and availability of appeasing pheromones that can be rubbed in the nostrils of a horse to help reduce nervousness and anxiety?
November 23, 2016
Q. Is it possible that some horses, like people, are born with a highly sensitive nervous system?
November 16, 2016
Q. When feeding my mare and her 7-month-old foal, should I add and/or substitute alfalfa pellets or beet pulp to meet their calcium requirements?
November 09, 2016
Q. I have a 5-year-old mare that was diagnosed with a fractured pelvis, based on symptoms, in December 2013. She has now been off for 1 1/2 years. Is it worth a shot to attempt to bring her back again?
November 02, 2016
Q. I've been using Leptoferm 5 (the leptospirosis vaccine for swine and cattle) on my horses to get broad-spectrum coverage. Why do you never recommend this, as I’ve been using it for decades after having lost some foals to leptospirosis previously?
October 26, 2016
Q. My long yearling Dutch Warmblood mare knocked her tooth out so severely that it had to be removed by my vet. What is the long-term prognosis for a young horse losing a tooth prematurely?
October 19, 2016
Q. Will giving my horse peppermints offset the hard work we're doing to help her lose weight?
October 12, 2016
Q. My Warmblood mare is "reverse bridle shy." She's worried the bit is going to clank her teeth, so she throws her head … and it clanks her teeth. What can I do to help this habit?
October 05, 2016
Q. What does "licking and chewing" really mean?
September 28, 2016
Q. Rabies is a concern when horses are bitten by unknown animals. Find out how to protect your horse.
September 21, 2016
Q. An equine sports medicine specialist shares how footing can impact soundness and offers footing selection advice.
September 14, 2016
Q. I have a pony who is a rescue, and I have no idea how old he is, which limits what I can do with him. Can you possibly shed some light on how I can estimate his age?
September 07, 2016
Q. I have a 30-year-old hinny who is very skinny and is losing weight. Is there anything that I could give him to make him more comfortable, help him gain weight, and not cause him harm?
August 31, 2016
Q. My new 2-year-old filly is obsessively licking and biting her salt block. Does this suggest there's a problem with her diet or health, and can she hurt herself by consuming too much salt?
August 24, 2016
Q. I have a fine-boned 3-year-old Welsh/Quarter Horse cross that I would like to start in regular work and training, but I'm reluctant for fear of placing too much stress on her young spine. When is it safe to start and ride her on a regular basis?
August 17, 2016
Q. If my horse gets a cut, how can I tell if it's severe enough to require a veterinarian's attention and stitches?