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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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Do fly control supplements really work?

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I board my horse at a facility with approximately 30 other horses. There is adequate pasture space for all. And fairly good manure management. My question is, do fly repellent supplements work? I know that for larval killer, all horses

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Posted in Ask the Vet

Choosing a Flea Preventative

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What is the most effective flea med available? BG, Texas Dear BG, Unfortunately, there’s not really “one” most effective flea product. Because different products contain different active ingredients, they all work a little differently. It’s up to you and your

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Posted in Canine Ask the Vet

Ponies and Pasture: The “Perfect Storm”

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I have an eleven year old Shetland pony that is morbidly obese. He rates at an eight on the Henneke scale and poorly tolerates even light exercise. He has been examined by my vet and has no physical condition to

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition

The In’s and Out’s of Popped Splints

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My young two year old warmblood has very small splints on both front legs. There is one on each leg up front. I am wondering if those splints will grow over time when he is being jumped and worked on

Posted in Lameness

Impaction Colic in horses: how to keep things flowing

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“I have a 10 year old Reg Tennessee Walker Mare. She has had impaction twice in the last 6 months. I was able to clear the impaction and she went back to being herself. However, friends have suggested feeding her Metamucil to keep things flowing…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

Barefoot or shod: what’s right for YOUR horse?

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“Hello Dr. Gray. I am writing today in regards to shoeing. There seems to be a trend towards riding barefoot. A huge article just came out in Dressage Today magazine about Shannon Peters taking a few of her top performers barefoot. I am intrigued by this concept because I have been taught that horses always need shoes for added stability. The thought of riding without shoes is equal to the sin of jumping without a helmet. Should my training level dressage gelding go barefoot?…”

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Posted in Ask the Farrier, Skin, Coat & Hooves

Heartworm Testing

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“Why does my dog need a heartworm test every year? Can’t I just buy the preventive from you without a prescription? – ER, Vermont”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Canine Ask the Vet

Skin Allergies: Sweet Itch

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My horse is 15 years old and gets sweet itch every spring. Someone told me to add Flax seed meal to her diet. I’ve started that this winter. I’ve noticed a growth in her mane and tail but was wondering

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Skin, Coat & Hooves

Deworming Q & A

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Question: “I’m looking for the 3-way rotation chart. Can you report this on your website?”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Seasonal Horse Care

Electrolytes and Ulcers: Is There a Link?

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“I’ve heard lately that electrolytes are contraindicated for horses with a history of ulcers – is this true?…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, G.I. Conditions

Raise Your Joint IQ

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“Put your joint smarts to the test!”

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Posted in Basic Health Care, Diseases and Conditions

Keeping Weight on Horses Through Winter

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” I have a paint horse that is 30 years old and he has lost weight and is looking bad despite being on feeding supplements. Is there any one particular supplement that will help him gain weight?…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition, Seasonal Horse Care, Weight Management

Hoof Abscesses and White Line Disease

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My 12 year old mare has had 3 abscesses of the hoof in the last year. The vet noted on her most recent episode that “she has lots of separation of the white line of all 4 feet and I feel this is where the abscesses are coming from”.

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions, Skin, Coat & Hooves

Coast-to-Coast Combo Conversation

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If your horse is receiving multiple supplements for joint, hoof, and coat, consider our multi-purpose supplement as an all-in-one approach. The whole country’s talking about it

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Posted in Nutrition

Colic prevention for horses on stall rest

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“My young Appendix of 26 years just managed to get a severe ligament/tendon injury. We are going to have the stem cell procedure done, but he will still be on stall rest for 4 to 6 months. What do you recommend for colic prevention while he is stuck inside?”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions, G.I. Conditions, Nutrition

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