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This is a space where all of us horse addicts can get together to discuss some serious topics related to horse health. I will be posting two to three answers a week to the questions you have about your horse’s health related issues. Keep in mind these are only my opinions and they are for informational purposes only. Please consult your veterinarian before treating your horse or pony for any ailment.
In addition to answering questions from you I will be sharing some of the many articles that I have written. Also, I will try to keep you up to date on the latest developments in the world of equine health and nutrition.
We also welcome any health questions you may have about your canine companion!
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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

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

Tying Up in Horses (exertional rhabomyolysis)

I have a question regarding the issue of tying up. I’ve decided to put together a SmartPak for my horse, Liam, to aid in his muscle development. He’s very young (5) and we imported him from Ireland about a year

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Seasonal Shoeing

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In the winter I usually pull the shoes off my horse and then come spring I put fronts on and then move back to shoes all the way around when summer approaches. I’ve heard this can be a bad thing.

Posted in Ask the Vet

Supplementing Chronic Conditions in the Senior Horse

What supplements are prudent–and not overzealous nor likely to interact adversely–for a 20-yr old, still showing (dressage), gelding with these four chronic conditions: Equine Cushings (endogenous ACTH=75, starting peroglide this month, no textbook symptoms, new diagnosis) Hock arthritis (IA injections,

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Getting to the Root of Laminitis

I have a 22 year old quarter horse that recently experienced his first bout of laminitis. What are some key diet points to consider as he recovers from this episode and prevent relapses? – via horsechannel.com First of all, I’m

Posted in Ask the Vet

How much Omega 3 fatty acid is too much?

You brought up the benefit of omega 3’s…If it is already in their feed, is it necessary to also have it in your fat supplement? How much is beneficial? There are studies that claim it can negatively affect their immune

Posted in Ask the Vet, Skin, Coat & Hooves

Parasite Control at Boarding Stables

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I have been at my boarding barn for almost three years. Other horses rotate in and out for various reasons. I would like to try switching from the rotational deworming routine to the fecal count method. But can I when

Posted in Ask the Vet

Joint Supplements as Preventative Maintenance

I have 3 young horses (3 yo Irish Sport, 5 yo TB and 7 yo Appendix) that I use for hunter / jumper showing. Although there are no indications of joint problems now, I am concerned about the long term

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

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