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Ask the Vet – Ringbone, Conditioning Plans, Impaction Colic, and more! – March 2017

 

 

You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about ringbone, conditioning plans coming out of winter, impaction colic, healthy hooves during the muddy, wet springtime, and choke in horses.

Have some of your own questions? Ask away! If your question gets selected to be in one of our Ask the Vet videos, you win a SmartPak gift card! How awesome is that!? All you have to do is submit your question on this blog post before February 27, 2017, using #askthevetvideo.

If your question was answered in this video, reach out to us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and let us know! We’ll get your gift card out to you as soon as we can!

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Additional reading options:
Exercising the Easy Keeper
What to do if your horse is colicking

Questions answered in this episode:
1. I recently discovered that my horse has ringbone. He is on a joint supplement for now but what else can you do to treat and prevent ringbone? What exactly is it and how long until I will see the side effects? I am in close contact with my vet, as well. My horse is a 4 year old OTTB gelding.
2. How would you design a conditioning plan for a horse coming out of winter who was ridden regularly and isn’t very overweight?
3. My horse recently colicked with an impaction in her small intestine. For several days before the colic, she was sensitive in grooming on her upper left loin. Is it possible for an impaction to build up over a period of time?
4. With this time of year comes lots of mud and generally wet weather. What is the best way to prevent thrush, scratches and other diseases that come with spring?
5. I have an older horse (20+) and he has recently started choking, he is now considered a chronic choker. I have had to get him tubed twice by the vet, and now we have to soak his food in half a bucket of water. We think it is due to him just getting too excited about his food. My vet recommended soaking his food or taking him off grain (grain is the only thing he chokes on). Do you have any other ways of dealing with it? And can you explain why it is easier for a horse to choke after they have done it once already?

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7 comments on “Ask the Vet – Ringbone, Conditioning Plans, Impaction Colic, and more! – March 2017
  1. Lily says:

    Please answer wether it’s better to feed before or after you ride. I heard it’s best to have your horse eat some hay before you ride to help prevent ulcers, is that true?

  2. Lily says:

    Please answer wether it’s better to feed before or after you ride. I heard it’s best to have your horse eat some hay before you ride to help prevent ulcers, is that true? #askthevetvideo

    • SmartPak SmartPak says:

      Hi Lily, that is a great question! So great, in fact, that other riders have asked and voted for a similar question in the past! You can see Dr. Gray’s response to that question right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPKsSSWjtUE.

      Of course, just like every horse is different, we know every question is different, too, so your question is still eligible for inclusion in this month’s video. Don’t forget, voting for your question is the second most important thing after asking the question in the first place, so be sure to check our blog to see if your question is selected, and to vote! Hope this helps! – SmartPaker Nels

  3. Lira says:

    How do you let people know when the poll for voting is open???? I am subscribed to the YouTube channel and I don’t seem to be notified when the poll opens

    • SmartPak SmartPak says:

      Hi Lira,

      Thanks for your question! I checked in with our YouTube expert, and he said that it could have to do with the notification settings in your YouTube account. If you visit https://www.YouTube.com/Subscription_Manager and click on the bell next to where your SmartPak subscription is listed, you can manage what notifications you receive.

      We also post a link to the poll on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages after it opens, so we recommend keeping an eye out on those after the period to ask your questions has ended to find the link to the voting here on the blog.

      – SmartPaker Lexi

  4. Vivian says:

    What’s the best way to condition a 20 year old gelding?

  5. Vivian says:

    What’s the best way to get rid of a horses winter coat?

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