Farm Call: Your Questions Answered
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 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?
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?
March 09, 2016
Q. Can melanomas spread to a horse's central nervous system, and if so, is there any treatment available?
January 27, 2016
Q. How should a senior horse with equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome be vaccinated?
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?
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 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 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 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 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?
August 28, 2015
Q. Find out what kinds of skin parasites can cause scratches and how these pests respond to ivermectin treatment.