Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
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 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 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 03, 2016
Q. Can Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus be transferred from horses to people?
July 27, 2016
Q. Zika virus recently made news for its reported link to human birth defects. But can this WNV relative affect horses?
July 06, 2016
Q. Is it dangerous for my horse to graze near areas with black walnut trees and walk through fallen walnuts?
July 04, 2016
Q. Can horses be turned out on an oat pasture if it is dried up and not green? The oats have already been harvested, and we turn cattle out to graze the leavings, but is it okay for horses?
June 22, 2016
Q. What could cause a horse to develop equine odontoclastic tooth resorption and hypercementosis (EOTRH) and is there anything I can do to prevent it from getting worse?
June 15, 2016
Q. Do older horses that eat senior feeds have a higher risk of choke?
June 08, 2016
Q. Could being stalled during the day and turned out at night cause sleep problems for horses?
June 01, 2016
Q. Our gelding's broken hock has healed with what the veterinarian calls bone spurs. He believes the spurs could be rubbing against our gelding's tendon, causing pain. What is the long-term prognosis for injuries such as these?
May 18, 2016
Q. If a horse has been wearing therapeutic shoes long term but has started to have soundness issues after two years of going well, is there a point you'd recommend going "back to basics" to evaluate and pinpoint the issue's root cause?
May 04, 2016
Q. My gelding has been dropping his penis more than usual. I have had him checked by my vet and he found no obvious issues. Could this be a behavior issue related to him being turned out with my mare?
April 27, 2016
Q. Could a relaxed mental state caused by positive reinforcement training also be associated with penile relaxation?
April 20, 2016
Q. What is creeping indigo and will it hurt my horse?
April 06, 2016
Q. When I brought my two geldings back to the barn, the dark bay was covered in what seemed like hundreds of deer ticks while the chestnut maybe had five ticks. Why would there be such a difference in tick numbers if they were in the same pasture?
March 30, 2016
Q. The farm I work at has a mare with a club foot. Her mother did not have a club foot, but I am told her sister and her yearling colt did. Is club foot an inherited condition?