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Hard Keepers: Filling out in the Hip

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My 8-year-old Quarter Horse is on high-quality grain and a regular deworming program, but he’s just not filling out in the hip area. He’s at a good weight otherwise, possibly even a bit overweight. He’s started regular training and is

Posted in Ask the Vet

Ulcers and The Hard Keeper

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I have a 15-year-old gelding that I acquired last year. When I first brought him home he was very underweight. I have been giving him grain and senior feed along with his hay to get his weight up but nothing

Posted in Ask the Vet

Optimal Cosequin Maintenance Doses

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My 23 year old gelding has been on Cosequin for approximately 10 years for documented pastern arthritis. He has also been diagnosed with “Cushings” for which he receives Pergolide. I have 2 questions regarding Cosequin: First, is there evidence that

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Fat Supplements with Grain (from AAEP Ask A Vet)

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We are currently feeding Safe and Easy pellets at our barn and everyone is torn as to which fat supplement is best fed along with their grain. Would Ultimate Finish 40 vs Ultimate Finish 100 be better for the horses

Posted in Nutrition, Weight Management

From “hi-YAH” to “YEE-haw” – One rider’s journey to physical fitness

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Oh, what we do for our sport! From getting up at 3am to go to a horse show to wearing a long-sleeve black jacket in 90+ degrees, and from slogging warm water buckets in below-freezing temperatures to cleaning stalls every

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Ask the Vet: Too Cold to Ride?

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“It has been 20 degrees F or colder here for weeks. Is it safe to work my horse in these temperatures, or is it bad for his lungs? Should I scale back or stop riding completely?” – Submitted via HorseChannel.com

Posted in Ask the Vet, Seasonal Horse Care

Ask the Vet: Is Bran Mash Good for Horses?

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Can I overdo bran mashes? I’ve been giving more with the long spell of subfreezing weather. SH, Tennessee Dear SH, Unfortunately yes. As much as we love to prepare a warm, tasty bran mash with our horse’s favorite ingredients, this

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

Barn Air Quality: Coping with extreme cold

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“My friend told me that it’s better to keep the windows open in the barn so fresh air circulates, even in the winter. Is that still true in the middle of a polar vortex? I hate to leave the barn

Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

Supplements for Hind Luxation

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Hi there, I was wondering what supplement would be best for a Thoroughbred gelding that has luxation of his hind left stifle. And if a joint supplement alone will help his stifle locking issue. JS Dear JS, I’m going to

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Blanketing Your Horse

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I’m not sure when a horse needs a blanket and when they don’t. I have a 6 year old quarter horse mare, she is overweight and has plenty of fat! I have not put a blanket on her before. It

Posted in Seasonal Horse Care

Ask the Vet: Insulin Resistance, Cushing’s Disease, & Equine Metabolic Syndrome

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Understanding each condition, and the relationships between them My friends and I have a small wager resting on your answer to: Can Insulin Resistance be present in both Cushing’s Disease AND Equine Metabolic Syndrome? Also any advice you can share

Posted in Ask the Vet

Understanding Horse Behavior Changes

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I’ve seen a change in my horse’s attitude since starting him on supplements and I wanted your take on it. Could a joint, digestive, hoof, or coat supplement make him difficult to handle or feisty? He’s never acted this way

Posted in Ask the Vet

Demystifying feed through daily dewormers

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Would it be overdosing my horses if I gave them a daily dose of dewormer “Strongid C” every morning with their feed, and still do a rotation de-worming paste every other month? – JN, Indiana Dear JN, Yes. Your New

Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care

Should I be feeding my horse’s supplements year-round?

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My show horse gets a joint supplement, an electrolyte supplement, Omega Horseshine and SmartHoof Pellets. A few people in my barn mentioned that they stop feeding supplements once show season is over, and I’m wondering if that is recommended. I

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Ask the Vet: Choosing a Muscle Supplement for Your Horse

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I’m looking to help my horse build muscle along his topline and hindquarters for show season this year. I’m very confused by all of the different muscle supplements on the market and I’m not sure what is important? What ingredients

Posted in Ask the Vet, Weight Management

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