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Roaring in Horses


Can you explain partial vocal cord paralysis? Is a horse still rideable with it? I think what you may be referring to is also known as “roaring” or by its technical name “left recurrent laryngeal hemiplegia.” In basic terms, the

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Fall Vaccinations for Horses


Why do we give shots in spring? Can I have my vet give them in the fall instead? – via You can absolutely work with your veterinarian and reserve some vaccinations for the fall rather than give them all

Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care

Kissing Spine


I would like more information on overriding dorsal spinous processes – kissing spine. I especially would like to know how this disease can affect a senior horse and about treatment and medication. – via Known as “kissing spines” by

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Behind The Scenes at Arlington International Racecourse


I’ve always been a sucker for the “ponies,” even before I purchased (for $1) my off-the-track Thoroughbred Distinct Leader or “Leader.” I watched, live on TV such as it was back then, the 1977 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Storing Equine Medications


Can I keep pain medications like Bute and Banamine in my tack room or will they go bad? It’s not heated or air conditioned, but it’s insulated and we keep it closed up so it doesn’t get quite as hot

Posted in Ask the Vet, Blogs

Funky Ear Plaque


My horse has a funky white plaque inside his ears. Everything I’ve read says to leave it alone, and it doesn’t seem to bother him, but it bothers me! Is there any safe treatment for it? Could it potentially cause

Posted in Ask the Vet

I Survived a Mary Wanless Clinic


What’s a balloon got to do with dressage riding? If you’re Mary Wanless, internationally renowned rider biomechanics coach and author of the “Ride With Your Mind” books and DVDs, a lot! Thank goodness I had already read her books and

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Demystifying Vitamin E Supplements in Horses

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My vet recently told me that my horse should be on a Vitamin E supplement since he has no access to pasture. I went online to research my options but now I’m SO confused! There seem to be a lot

Posted in Ask the Vet

Colic Risk Factors

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I’m doing a group project at school about colic, trying to find a solution that we could give horses to help stop it. We would greatly appreciate if you could give us some advice on colic and some things used

Posted in Ask the Vet

Helping A Horse Gain Weight

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My mare is a hard keeper. How can I maintain her weight easily? – via Unfortunately, there may not be an “easy” way to maintain your mare’s weight. That’s why they call them “hard” keepers! But I can give

Posted in Ask the Vet

Symptoms of Ulcers


I recently bought a Thoroughbred mare that is seriously underweight. I’m worried that she might have ulcers. I’ve had her for a few weeks on grain and 24/7 hay and she doesn’t seem to be gaining any weight. How can

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

All Green at the John Greenall Clinic


While the steady rain may have dampened spring pastures, it sure didn’t dampen the spirits of the hearty drivers and auditors who attended the HUB Club’s 2016 annual clinic held April 29 – May 1 at Theresa Adams’ farm in

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Ask the Vet: Magnesium Supplements & Eventing Horses

I recently saw on social media that there could be a link between magnesium and higher eventing fatalities. Is there any truth to this? I give my horse a supplement that contains magnesium. Is this something I should be concerned

Posted in Ask the Vet

Supplement Shelf-Life


Being in the south, I am concerned about keeping our tub and bag supplements out in the humidity and heat. How much will temperature and humidity affect my supplements and grain “shelf life” and effectiveness? What are the signs to look for in spoilage, if that is possible?

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

Help for a Horse with Lyme Disease

My 21-year-old Thoroughbred suffers from chronic lameness and was recently diagnosed with Lyme’s disease.  He completed his month long treatment of doxycycline and appears to be slightly improved.  He gets Phenylbutazone daily as well as SmartPak Senior. Is there anything

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

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