Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Laminitis Survivors: Getting Back on Grass

April 05, 2017

Q. After a horse has had a bout with laminitis, can she be brought up slowly on grass again, for say, 20 minutes daily? If so, how soon can this be done?

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Aloe Vera for Equine Ulcers?

March 29, 2017

Q. A veterinarian addresses whether oral aloe vera could help gastric ulcers and offers evidence-based alternatives.

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Resolving a Common Swelling

March 15, 2017

Q. My mare's rear legs swell around the tendon and fetlock area overnight after exercise. She is not lame or sore, but I wrap it when it swells. Is this swelling common, what it could be, and are there any prevention steps I could take?

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What Should I Expect From a Veterinary Visit?

March 08, 2017

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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Tired or in Trouble?

March 01, 2017

Q. Is it cause for concern if a horse lies down frequently?

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What's so Cool About Coolers?

February 22, 2017

Q. Find out why using coolers on horses post-exercise makes good sense.

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Horses Eating Thistle

February 15, 2017

Q. An owner worries about her horse eating thistle. An equine nutritionist responds about the risks.

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Baled Alfalfa or Alfalfa Pellets: Which is Better?

February 08, 2017

Q. You're faced with the choice of offering your horse alfalfa pellets or hay. Which should you choose?

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Addressing Old Racing Injuries in Prepurchase Exams

February 01, 2017

Q. How do I explain a retired racehorse's previous injury to a potential buyer?

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Founder vs. Laminitis

January 25, 2017

Q. I hear a lot of people use the words laminitis and founder interchangeably. Are these two conditions the same thing?

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Hay: Does Fertilization Matter?

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?

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How Much Grain Should I Feed My Colic-Prone Horse?

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.

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Collecting Colostrum

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.

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Caudal Heel Pain or Navicular: What's the Right Term?

January 11, 2017

Q. A veterinarian explains terms often used to describe horses with front-limb lameness that might be associated with the navicular bone.

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Scared Horse? Try Counter-Conditioning

January 04, 2017

Q. Learn how to teach your horse an alternate response to triggering stimuli.

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Why is the Frog of My Horse's Foot Falling Off?

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.

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Watching the Herd

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?

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Equine Behavior Changes Before Death

December 14, 2016

Q. Have horses been known to show significant behavior changes right before death? If so, why does this happen?

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Spooky Objects: To Dwell or Not to Dwell

December 07, 2016

Q. Should you let a horse dwell on a spooky object?

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Are Appeasing Pheromones Effective in Horses?

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?

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Is There Such Thing as a Highly Sensitive Horse?

November 23, 2016

Q. Is it possible that some horses, like people, are born with a highly sensitive nervous system?

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Mare and Foal Nutrition

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?

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Equine Pelvic Fracture Prognosis

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?

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Can I Use the Bovine Lepto Vaccine on My Horse?

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?

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My Horse Lost a 'Baby Tooth.' Should I Be Concerned?

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?

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