You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about what is “kissing spine,” how to tell if your horse is overweight, tips and tricks for putting weight on a hard keeper, preventing hoof abscesses, and how to decide what and how much to feed your horse.
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Questions answered in this episode:
1. A few of the horses at my school have kissing spine. What is it and can it be treated/can they still be ridden?
2. How do you actually know if your horse is overweight? Specifically in the case of my horse, she is ridden six days a week (and has been consistently for the last three years) and so she is fit, but yet I hear from people (usually not anyone credible like a vet) that she is fat based on her aesthetic appearance!
3. My horse has a lot of trouble gaining weight. Do you have any tips or tricks?
4. The horse I lease always has problems with abscesses. She goes outside for about 12 hours a day normally, but she’s on stall rest because she has another abscess. Is there any precaution I can take to help prevent more future abscesses?
5. I wanted to get my horse off of sweet feed and was immediately overwhelmed by the amount of choices. How do you decide on a feed and what happens when the recommended amount is too much feed at once? How much is too much? How much should I be giving my horse per feeding if he gets fed twice per day?