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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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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

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

Manure Happens

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The removal of horse manure is a challenge for all horse barns. If manure is spread rather than removed from paddocks in late fall will it be fully composted by the spring to grow grass or will it just breed

Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

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

Keeping Ulcers at Bay

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I started giving my thoroughbred SmartGut last winter after she had an ulcer flare up and I had given her UlcerGard first. I kept her on it until summer and have only been giving it to her a couple times

Posted in Ask the Vet

All About Adequan Dosing

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Our 22 yr old QH mare has been on Adequan for more than one year. She had the proper loading dose and has had a dose each month since then, with her last dose in July, 2013. Since she did

Posted in Ask the Vet

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