Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
January 13, 2016
Q. A friend of mine suggested that receiving mares would influence the foals--especially regarding future performance records--in a negative way. Is there any proof or research available about the receiving mare's effect on the foal?
January 06, 2016
Q. I have an off-track Thoroughbred I purchased with a mild suspensory strain. His hock on the affected leg is always warm compared his other hock and knees. Could this mean he's compensating for the suspensory injury?
January 04, 2016
Q. An owner with a colicky horse is worried that grain could be the culprit and wants to know how much to feed.
December 30, 2015
Q. What therapies might help relieve the rest of a horse's body when treating a specific injury or recovering from surgery?
December 23, 2015
Q. How do I explain a horse's previous injury to a potential buyer?
December 18, 2015
Q. I’m looking at a horse that has the long-toe, low-heel conformation. Do you agree with seeing how the horse naturally grows his feet out instead of trying to fix what’s already done?
December 16, 2015
Q. A vet weighs in on what might cause a well-conformed senior mare to become over at the knee and fall during a ride.
December 09, 2015
Q. What's the difference between osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis?
December 01, 2015
Q. In extreme cold temperatures I wrap my horses' lower legs in fleece-lined boots at night, as they are prone to laminitis and I hope it will aid circulation and keep them warm. Do you think this helps them, or what would you suggest during winter?
November 25, 2015
Q. My 25-year-old Thoroughbred has had trouble keeping weight on after a stroke (he has always been a hard keeper). Ideally, he still needs to gain another 50-100 pounds. Do you have any recommendations?
November 18, 2015
Q. Do you have any suggestions for speeding the time it takes for proximal splints (in the forelimbs) to resolve?
November 10, 2015
Q. I have a 13-year-old Quarter Horse gelding that is in good health, and he is usually a pleasure to ride. He does very well with movement one direction, such as sidepassing to the right, but he seems very uncomfortable when I have him sidepass left...
November 04, 2015
Q. Why would a 9-year-old horse grow winter hair during the summer months?
October 28, 2015
Q. My stallion ate a piece of netting off a roll of hay. Will it pass through his system? What do I need to do to help it through?
October 19, 2015
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?
October 14, 2015
Q. Can a horse go lame because of extreme hoof cracks and not being trimmed regularly? If so, is there was anything you can do to reverse hoof cracks?
October 07, 2015
Q. I have a 5-year-old old Irish Sport Horse mare, recently diagnosed with navicular syndrome. I was wondering what is the best way to take care of her and try to prevent things from getting worse?
September 30, 2015
Q. What is a venogram, and how is it used to help diagnose laminitis?
September 23, 2015
Q. My horse was diagnosed with bilateral osteoarthritis of the pastern joints in the front legs. We tried IRAP therapy three years ago, and it made her sound. How long will she continue to remain sound from the IRAP treatment?
September 17, 2015
Q. I have a 38-year-old grade gelding with huge, arthritic knees. He fell three weeks ago. X rays show nothing broken or fractured. My veterinarian wants him on phenylbutazone forever. Is there anything else that could help him with no side effects?
August 28, 2015
Q. Find out what kinds of skin parasites can cause scratches and how these pests respond to ivermectin treatment.
August 26, 2015
Q. A veterinarians answers a reader's question on why some horses have seasonal runny manure.
August 22, 2015
Q. What is the best way to treat ringbone in horses?
August 12, 2015
Q. Find out if reducing the carbohydrates in your horse's diet might calm him down.
July 27, 2015
Q. What is the best way to get rid of carpenter bees without harming my horse if he comes into contact with the insecticide used?