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Is There Any Help for Stringhalt?

I have a horse with mild stringhalt symptoms. do you know if any supplements that could help him. I feed good timothy/alfalfa hay, a 10% pellet grain and give biotin and a vitamin/mineral supplement from Buckeye that has Vit E

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Managing Shivers

I have a wonderful horse in my barn who has suspected neuromuscular disease, or Shivers. This horse has difficulty backing-up, lifting her hind feet for the farrier, exhibits some muscle trembling and likes to stand in a “parked out’ position.

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Managing Impaction Colic Caused by Abdominal Tumors (from AAEP Ask the Vet)

I have a 23 year old appaloosa mare who has problems with chronic colic. She has always had problems with this (for the past 10 years) but it has really escalated lately. She goes through spurts where she colics with

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Horses That Can’t Sweat (Anhidrosis)

What can you tell me about anhidrosis? I understand it has something to do with a horse not sweating properly, but I don’t understand why horses develop this problem. Also, I heard there’s a treatment for it but you have

Posted in Diseases and Conditions, Seasonal Horse Care

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 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 Diseases and Conditions

Supplementing Chronic Conditions in the Senior Horse (from AAEP Ask the Vet)

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: 1. Equine Cushings (endogenous ACTH=75, starting peroglide this month, no textbook symptoms, new diagnosis) 2. Hock arthritis

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Laminitis Can Strike All Breeds of Horses!

Please help me understand what laminitis (founder) is! It was devastating to watch a beautiful horse like Barbaro succumb to this disease last year, and frustrating to know that the best care in the world couldn’t prevent it. Didn’t Secretariat,

Posted in Diseases and Conditions, Lameness, Skin, Coat & Hooves

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