Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

How Hard are My Lesson Horses Really Working?

March 23, 2016

Q. A trainer asks how to classify her horses' workload when considering their nutritional needs.

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Positively Playful

March 17, 2016

Q. My 5-year-old gelding is very playful. Can I turn his playfulness into an advantage when I train him?

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Swayback in a Young Horse

March 16, 2016

Q. A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.

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Metastasizing Melanoma

March 09, 2016

Q. Can melanomas spread to a horse's central nervous system, and if so, is there any treatment available?

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Why Does My Horse Stumble After Jumping?

March 02, 2016

Q. My 9-year-old Belgian jumper is starting to lose his balance frequently after jumping. What kind of exams can I do to make sure everything is okay?

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Why a Veterinarian Should Vaccinate Your Horse

February 24, 2016

Q. Why can't we give our horses their vaccines ourselves? My barn friend said my shots won't count if I give them myself.

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My Horse Keeps Eating his Himalayan Salt Block: Is he Okay?

February 14, 2016

Q. An equine nutritionist explains how to ensure your horse gets an appropriate amount of salt.

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Thrush Prevention

February 10, 2016

Q. We have been getting a lot of rain and flash floods lately. My 13-year-old Paint gelding is out in the pasture year round, but he has a run-in for shelter. How do I treat thrush and how can I keep his feet dry?

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Minimizing Foal Stress Levels in the Breeding Shed

February 03, 2016

Q. What would be the best plan for handling a foal whose dam is being covered by a stallion?

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Vaccination Recommendations for PPID and EMS Horses

January 27, 2016

Q. How should a senior horse with equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome be vaccinated?

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Staying Sound Post-Tendon Injury

January 20, 2016

Q. My OTTB has recently recovered from a bowed front tendon injury. What can I do to help him continue to stay sound in his new career?

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Recipient Mares Pass Some Traits on to Foals

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?

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Heat in a Compensating Limb

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?

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Achieving Full Mobility After Bone Chip Surgery

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?

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Long-Toe, Low-Heel Hooves: Let Them Grow Naturally?

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?

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Sudden Conformation Change in an Aged Mare

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.

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Osteoarthritis Versus Arthritis: What's the Difference?

December 09, 2015

Q. What's the difference between osteoarthritis and other types of arthritis?

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Cold-Weather Leg Wrapping

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?

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Weight Gain for Older Horses

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?

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Speedy Splint Recovery

November 18, 2015

Q. Do you have any suggestions for speeding the time it takes for proximal splints (in the forelimbs) to resolve?

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Lateral Resistance in a Quarter Horse

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...

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A Confused Hair Coat

November 04, 2015

Q. Why would a 9-year-old horse grow winter hair during the summer months?

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Foreign Object Consumption

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?

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Resolving a Common Swelling

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?

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Hoof Cracks and Lameness

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?

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