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Lameness and when to call your vet

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What’s the correct course of action if my horse suddenly comes up lame with no apparent injury? Do I always need to call the vet, or are there cases where it’s okay to wait and see? And what should I

Posted in Ask the Vet

Ulcers and colic

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My horse has recently been diagnosed with ulcers, and I am treating him with probiotics, however, is there a connection between ulcers and colic? Do horses with ulcers have higher instances of colic episodes? – via horsechannel.com I chose this

Posted in Ask the Vet

To Breathe or Not to Breathe, That Is the Question

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You’d think a colic surgery, PSSM and shivers, headshaking, and even a pulled suspensory years ago would be enough problems in one horse. But you’d be wrong. What’s wrong with the silly horse now? I don’t know whether my horse

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Newman’s Notes on Driving

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Eating… Grass. Eating… Grass. I’ve watched my mom drive up to the barn, set out a bunch of stuff, and get chased into the other pasture by the thingy with wheels. Now she’s putting brightly colored buckets all over THIS

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Blankets and Shelter for Horses

I have two new horses this winter on 24/7 turnout. One is an athletic build and has the start of a nice fluffy coat. The other is more classic stock horse and if anything is a little on the heavy

Posted in Ask the Vet

Checking Your Horse’s Winter Weight

I have an 18-year-old off-track Thoroughbred who lives on pasture. His weight is normally pretty steady, but as he ages, I worry about him dropping weight. The problem is, he grows a super thick winter coat, and I have trouble

Posted in Ask the Vet

Protecting my pony from her pushy pasture mates

I keep my 30-year-old pony at a boarding stable where she’s turned out in a fairly large field with four other horses. Most of the time they seem to peacefully coexist, but when push comes to shove, my pony is

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

Forage For Senior Horses

I know senior feeds contain a forage replacer for horses with difficulty chewing and digesting hay, but it doesn’t seem enough. What other forage options are there for the hard to keep senior horse? – Via Horsechannel.com You are definitely

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

“Stacking the Deck” Towards Joint Health

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My horse seems to have normal, healthy joints, but I know joint health becomes an issue for many horses as they get older. So my question is, how do I prevent joint degeneration in the first place? – via Horsechannel.com

Posted in Ask the Vet, Blogs

Joint Injection Options

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I’ve had my 10-year-old Quarter horse gelding for almost two years. A few months before I bought him, his previous owner gave him hock injections. He’s still a bit stiff in his back right hock. I don’t want to jump

Posted in Ask the Vet

How I Became a Vet Part IV — Getting to SmartPak

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Be sure to read part 1, part 2 and part 3! Where We Left Off In the last installment, I had graduated from veterinary school and found a position as an associate veterinarian at a mixed practice. In addition to

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Help for a Horse with Sweet Itch

My 8-year-old AQHA gelding has a bad case of sweet itch. When I bought him three years ago, I was told he liked to scratch his stomach, but I eventually figured out that he’s very allergic to the bite of

Posted in Ask the Vet

Best Way to Wrap a Horse

I always see riders using polo wraps on their horses. I was first told that they provide support to the tendons in the horse’s legs. Then I was told that they are not supportive, but only for protection. Which is

Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

Keeping Flies out of My Horse’s Eyes

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Is there a safe way to keep flies away from my horse’s eyes? He always manages to take off his fly mask, but it doesn’t seem safe to use fly spray near his eyes. Are there any other options? –

Posted in Ask the Vet

Supplementing a Horse for Anemia

I recently had my horse’s blood tested due to concern of anemia. He is a 4 yr old WB/TB, gelded just a few months ago. During work he has plenty of energy and is very fit, but he is the

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

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