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Putting Weight on a Rescue Horse

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I rescued three starved horses, two 12-year-old Percheron geldings and a 23-year-old QH mare. My vet told me to put them on some high fat high fiber, I was also told senior would be the best as its HF-HF, and

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics, Weight Management

Newman’s Colic Surgery

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You all know Dr. Lydia Gray as the brilliant brain behind our weekly Ask the Vet series, but did you know she’s a rider and horse owner herself? In this blog, she gives you a behind the scenes look at

Posted in Health & Nutrition, Stories & Adventures

Carbs & Horses: Separating fact from fiction

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The gal at one of the feed stores is making this BIG deal out of controlled starches. I always thought that only horses with certain issues [i.e. insulin problems, EPSM, and laminitis] required carb consistency. Any issues with malnourished horses?

Posted in Ask the Vet

Summer Sweat and Electrolytes

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In the hot summer months when my horses are sweating alot which electrolyte supplement would you recommend feeding them? There are so many on the market and so many articles about which ones to feed and which ones to avoid.

Posted in Ask the Vet, Seasonal Horse Care

Upward Fixation of the Patella

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I have a 3 yr old gelding that started showing signs of stifle problems as a yearling, from a yearling to 2 yr old it progressively got worse and his legs, one or the other were locking up. I had

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Finding Newman

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It was 2005. Star Wars Episode III was concluding the saga, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince was flying off the bookshelves, and yes, we were already hooked on American Idol and Dancing with the Stars. And I was “between” horses. I had retired my teenage off-the-track thoroughbred Distinct Leader because of a multitude of health and soundness issues and had been looking for almost two years for a new horse that might have more talent and less problems.

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Joint Supplement Efficacy

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I have a 10yo quarter horse who’s never had any soundness issues. We do a lot of hacking out and he gets ridden 6 days a week, 2 are serious training days about one to two hours each. We are

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

The Benefits of Baking Soda

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I’ve never had my OTTB scoped for ulcers, but given his history and current living situation, I’m fairly confident his stomach bothers him. My friend recommended adding baking soda to his program to help. I’m confused because I’ve also heard

Posted in Ask the Vet

Treating Swollen Legs

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We are pleased to have a guest veterinarian provide an answer today. At SmartPak, we realize the importance of staying on top of the latest research, nutritional products and horse health issues, while helping to promote increased involvement of veterinarians

Posted in Lameness

Selenium Safety

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“I just bought my first horse and he came with a SmartPak that has a multi-vitamin, vitamin E and selenium pellets, a hoof supplement and a joint supplement in it. I moved him into a new barn when I bought

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Licking Paws

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My 10 year old Jack Russell has recently started licking his paws. A friend told me this can be caused by a reaction to yeast in foods and that I should switch him to something higher in protein and lower

Posted in Canine Ask the Vet

How To Handle Headshaking

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My horse suffers each spring and summer from something that causes her to snap or toss her head and sneeze or snort/blow out through her nose very strongly and in succession. Sometimes she even rubs the inside of her upper

Posted in Ask the Vet, Behavior

Spring Barn-cleaning Fever

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Ah, spring, when a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love. And when my barn owner’s fancy lightly turns to “let’s get this place cleaned up!” Actually, it’s a small, private barn, and we do a good job

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Managing Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM) in Your Horse

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My horse was just diagnosed with Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy, he is now on Poulin Grain Carb Safe. Can you explain more about this, and how to keep the total carbohydrate level at 12% or below? Thank you. – SK,

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Heaves in Horses – What to do?

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I have a 10 year old 1/2 Percheron 1/2 Quarter Horse mare, and we live in the Midwest outside of Chicago. My mare suffers from severe seasonal allergies – she is the worst in spring/fall. She will cough, have a

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