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Ask the Vet – Springtime shedding, shots, pasture, and more! – April 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 springtime shedding, spring shots, spring pasture, feed rations in spring, and Cushing’s Disease, also known as PPID.

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Questions answered in this episode:
1. As the spring comes and horses start to shed their winter coat, I thought of this question. Is it healthy to use a shedding blade to get the winter coat off faster or is it healthier to leave it alone and wait until the horse will lose his winter coat by himself?
2. When should I start my horses on pasture as the spring comes? I’ve heard after the winter the grass in the pastures get too much sugar and fructan and are not healthy for horses to graze on. When is the best time to start letting the horses out to graze?
3. How should the feed ration of a horse change in the spring and should it at all? Is it recommended, in general, to put a horse on less grain than he was in the winter? I know each horse is individual, but I would love to hear about this in general.
4. Does it make a difference at all if a horse has his/her spring shots in early or late spring? Does it affect the way he is going to respond to the shots or anything else?
5. What is Cushing’s, and what is it caused by? What can I do to manage it?

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6 comments on “Ask the Vet – Springtime shedding, shots, pasture, and more! – April 2017
  1. Jackie says:

    I got those shedding gloves abut one month ago. I love them! I give my boy a massage and get to love him all the while I am “brushing ” him with the gloves. They fit my small hands too.

  2. Valerie says:

    Thanks! I’m so happy with this video!))) Thanks for answering all four of my questions <3

  3. Christy Kingston says:

    Sarah, I love your humor. The videos are great and informative.
    Keep them coming.

  4. Karen says:

    When you buy a horse how do you transition feed?

  5. Caryn says:

    TRH Stimulation Test is the only definitive blood test for PPID, ACTH blood test is not. TRH Stimulation Test can be performed mid-November through mid-May (or June) as this is the period where levels have been established.
    The treatment is pergolide (Prascend by BI) which can help many horses. My horse is 13, 1200# and has side effects from a full dose of the medication and takes 1/2 dose or 1/2 pill.
    Summer 2016, my horse developed a winter coat in June and made me aware that things were not normal with him. Also, he was very dramatic in the warmup pen especially when there were loud PA systems.

  6. Diane Farias says:

    Love those grooming gloves. My hands are getting arthritic and grasping a curry for a long session makes my hands hurt. So these have been a lifesaver. Hands don’t hurts and pony gets a good long curry which he loves

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