Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
April 09, 2013
Q. At what age is it safe to introduce a foal to the herd? And is there a recommended way for introducing the foal and mare to the herd (one horse at a time, dominant horse first/last, geldings first, mares first, etc.)?
April 02, 2013
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?
March 26, 2013
Q. What is the most important risk factor that make some horses more prone or predisposed to laminitis than others?
March 19, 2013
Q. I hear a lot of people use the words laminitis and founder interchangeably. Are these two conditions the same thing?
March 12, 2013
Q. Our mare has suddenly developed white spots all over her body with no apparent cause. There doesn't seem to be any irritation or irregularity in the skin. Are there any clues as to the cause?
March 05, 2013
Q. My two horses' urine output is very different. The ammonia smell of my Thoroughbred's urine is a lot stronger than that of my Quarter Horse. I read that protein affects ammonia levels--could that be why? What could be causing this?
February 26, 2013
Q. My gelding drools every once in a while. My vet says he's in excellent dental health. Could his drooling be due to an allergy? Or could it be behavioral because I give him treats?
February 19, 2013
Q. Does the actual act of normal rolling cause torsion? Also, is there a relationship between torsion colic and time of feeding or amount fed?
February 12, 2013
Q. Does any loss of body size or development result from early gelding? One of our local veterinarians will not geld before the horse is a year old. Is there any research on this topic?
February 05, 2013
Q. My mare collapsed while warming up at a show. Upon standing, I checked her vitals and all were normal. Since then, she's been lethargic and more marish. My vet and I have been trying to figure out what is wrong. Any ideas?
January 29, 2013
Q. How essential is stall bedding for a senior horse?
January 22, 2013
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?
January 15, 2013
Q. My 27-year-old gelding is generally healthy. However, this year he developed loose stools. He's on a dewormer program and has his teeth regularly floated. Is there something I'm missing?
January 08, 2013
Q. Is it a good idea to add a little salt to your horses' diet in the winter to get them to drink more water?
January 01, 2013
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?
December 25, 2012
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 bute forever. Is there anything else that could help him with no side effects?
December 18, 2012
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?
December 11, 2012
Q. I'm wondering if there is a bacterial component that can be present in stallion semen. We have a stallion that will settle mares easily one year and then not be able to settle mares the next.
December 04, 2012
Q. I know there are many treatments available for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), but are there any that are safe for use in pregnant mares? Would sulfadiazine/pyrimethamine (Rebalance) be a safer option over either of these?
November 27, 2012
Q. What is a thermal-neutral temperature?
November 20, 2012
Q. Do horses living outside need their ears protected during cold weather?
November 13, 2012
Q. At what age is osteoarthritis likely to start in a horse?
November 06, 2012
Q. What's the difference between osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis?
October 30, 2012
Q. What causes Cushing's disease, and why does it seem like it's so prevalent in our horses?
October 01, 2012
Q. My 13-year-old pony stallion was quite well-muscled and stocky with a pronounced crest when he was younger. After a leasing period, he returned seriously underweight with significant muscle atrophy and a soft, almost floppy crest. Can we remedy this?