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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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Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care, Seasonal Horse Care, SmartPak Features

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

Driving Trials and Tribulations

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It’s tough to be a combined driver in Illinois. Did you know there was only one ADS (American Driving Society)-recognized show in our state in 2013? Afterward the organizer told me it was so much work for such little return

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The Trio of Temperature Control

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I live in Kentucky where slushy winter storms are very popular. I just got a new mare who has a thinner winter coat than the rest of my horses do, and when I went to the barn to feed this

Posted in Ask the Vet, Seasonal Horse Care

The Facts on Feeds

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I have heard that it is much healthier for horses to go on no-grain diets b/c it mimics what they would eat if they were horses in the wild. Is it actually healthier? Or do I need give my horses

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

What’s in a Wag?

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What are the muscles in a dog’s rear right leg that could be torn and which way does the tail wag if they are happy. I am just curious and a little worried about my dog? Please respond as soon

Posted in Canine Ask the Vet

Balancing a Horse’s Diet

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I am concerned about oversupplementation and imbalances in my feeding program. Is there any place that I can send my feed bag tag and list of supplements that each of my horses get for review? I want to know if

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

How Much Sun Do Horses Need?

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I have a 15-year-old TB that raced until 9 years old. He is boarded in upstate New York where there is not much sun. He receives a complete diet (designed by a nutritionist at Cornell) with 2 cups Empower. He

Posted in Misc. Topics

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