Farm Call: Your Questions Answered

Blood Testing Healthy Horses

January 20, 2014

Q. Should routine blood tests be used to assess a horse's health as part of a prepurchase exam?

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Club Foot Heritability

January 06, 2014

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?

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Horse Head Tossing and Teeth

December 30, 2013

Q. My mare throws her head up repeatedly when we ride her. She is in great health and has her teeth done by a certified equine dentist yearly. I do not want to put a tie-down on her, because that doesn't solve the problem. What suggestions do you have?

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Possible Reasons Why Horses Eat Dirt

December 23, 2013

Q. My horses eat dirt, even with mineral and salt blocks available to them. I also give them vitamins and digestive enzymes. Why do they do this?

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Joint Injections: Prevention or Treatment?

December 16, 2013

Q. Are joint injections meant to be used on a routine basis to prevent lameness, or as a therapeutic remedy for an existing problem? In either case, how often is too often?

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Feeding Young Horses Alfalfa

December 09, 2013

Q. I recently started feeding my ulcer-prone performance horse a small portion of alfalfa hay for gut health. I often turn my growing 3-year-old out with him. Is it okay for my youngster to get alfalfa as well?

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Feeding a Senior Hinny

December 02, 2013

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?

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Why Can I See the Whites of My Horse's Eyes?

November 25, 2013

Q. Why can I see the whites of my horse's eyes all the time, even when he's relaxed? He is a chestnut Appendix Quarter Horse gelding.

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Obsessed with Salt

November 18, 2013

Q. My new 2-year-old filly is obsessively licking and biting her salt block. Does this suggest there's a problem with her diet or health, and can she hurt herself by consuming too much salt?

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Joint Injections

November 11, 2013

Q. My veterinarian recently started injecting my 24-year-old Appendix Quarter Horse's joints. When injecting multiple joints (for example, both the left and right hock), is it unusual for one joint to show more improvement than the other?

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Riding on the Road

November 04, 2013

Q. I have a young horse just being started in harness for carriage driving. She has only done light work in harness on the roads. What can I shoe her with that will provide her with some protection for the concussion?

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Categorizing Horses after Fecal Egg Counts

October 21, 2013

Q. When a fecal egg count is done for my horse, how do I know if he's a high, medium, or low shedder of parasite eggs?

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Contraceptive Vaccine Use

October 14, 2013

Q. Are general horse owners using the contraceptive vaccine porcine zona pellucida (or PZP)?

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Abnormal Facial Sweating

October 07, 2013

Q. What would cause a horse to sweat on only one side of its face?

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Post-Expiration Date Dewormer Efficacy

September 30, 2013

Q. Is dewormer still good after its expiration date?

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Common Parasite Eggs Found in Fecals

September 23, 2013

Q. What species of parasites are identified in a fecal egg count test?

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Encouraging Horses to Drink

September 16, 2013

Q. How can I encourage my horse to drink?

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Re-evaluating Therapeutic Shoeing

September 09, 2013

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?

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Osteoarthritis and IRAP

September 02, 2013

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?

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Pigeon Fever: It has Nothing to do with Birds

August 26, 2013

Q. What causes pigeon fever in horses?

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Can Humans and Horses Transfer WNV to Each Other?

August 19, 2013

Q. Can horses contract West Nile virus from humans, or humans from horses?

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How to Recognize and Help an Overheated Horse

August 12, 2013

Q. What are some signs that a horse has overheated?

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Clover Control

August 05, 2013

Q. I struggle with clover in my fields. It grows so low that I'm unable to mow it, and now it's spreading and outcompeting the grass. Do you have any management suggestions to control clover that don't involve herbicides?

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Signs of Dental Discomfort

July 29, 2013

Q. Can a rider or owner tell if a horse is having dental issues?

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Venograms and Laminitis

July 22, 2013

Q. What is a venogram and how is it used to help diagnose laminitis?

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