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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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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

‘Gut & ‘Gard – Understanding the Difference

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I have my semi retired Irish Sport horse on ulcer guard and someone suggested gut smart because it’s cheaper, are they the same thing? KJ, New York Dear KJ, While protecting our pocketbooks can be as important as protecting our

Posted in Ask the Vet

Solving the Weight Loss Mystery

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I have a 10 yr warmblood/thoroughbred. I got him last fall and he was on high fat high fibre. His weight went down so we have switched him to purina trimex which is supposed to give him all the calories

Posted in Ask the Vet

Minding Your Middlings

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I have three quarter horses and a TN walker. Their diet is high quality forage (hay and pasture) with a mix of pelleted feed (low carb/no corn) and timothy pellets, supplemented with Gro strong vitamin and minerals, freshly ground flax

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

Senior Feeding Strategies

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I have a 26yr old TWH who has recently started losing some weight around his flanks. He is free of parasites (this was checked last month) and an equine dentist pronounced his teeth in good condition. Good pasture is available

Posted in Ask the Vet

Adding to Oats

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I would like to know, if feeding crimped oats what vitamin/mineral supplement would be a good choice. My horse is a pleasure AQHA gelding, not worked but 2 to 3 times a week. – Krista W. via AAEP Ask the

Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

Is Pasture Enough?

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I own a 13 year old Morab mare that is out on pasture. I have not been riding much lately. She has her worming, vaccinations and feet and teeth up to date. Should I give her any free choice mineral

Posted in Ask the Vet

Joint supplement research: fact or fiction?

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I think my horse seems more comfortable since I started him on a joint supplement, but my friend says there’s no research showing they actually work. Who’s right? — CS from Dearborn, MI And the award goes to… you! While

Posted in Ask the Vet

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

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

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