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Ask the Vet – Head shaking, electrolytes, what to feed horses, and more! – July 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 head shaking, how to know if your horse needs electrolytes, caring for an older horse vs a younger horse, how to know what to feed a new horse, and decreasing your horse’s stress when moving barns.

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Horse Health Library Videos

How to read feed labels:
The Scoop on Grain
Interpreting the Guaranteed Analysis on Feed Labels

Hay Analysis:
Nutritional Requirements for Horses

Body Condition Scoring:
Using the Henneke Horse Body Condition Scoring System
Assessing Body Condition Scoring in Horses
Using the Horse Body Condition Scoring System

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 before July 28, 2017, using #AsktheVetVideo.

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

You can also ask your questions on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or here on our blog, where you can read all of Dr. Lydia Gray’s Ask the Vet articles!

Questions answered in this episode:
1. How do I know if I need to give my horse electrolytes after an intense ride on a hot day?
2. Are there certain things you would recommend more for older horses versus younger horses? Why? Examples are cold hosing, longer warm-ups, stretching before a ride, etc.
3. If you are getting a new horse…how do you figure out what to feed?
4. When moving barns, what precautions can you take to decrease your horse’s stress and make it as seamless as possible?
5. What do you do when your horse constantly shakes and has sensitive ears, but there is no sign of mites?

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