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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 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

Best Joint Supplement for Early Joint Discomfort in Dogs

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“Which joint supplement would be best for a middle-aged dog that weighs around 50 pounds? He’s not lame or anything, but I’m worried that he’s starting to get arthritis because I notice he’s getting slower to get up from a nap, jump in the car, climb stairs, things like that…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Canine Ask the Vet

Are You Ready for a Horse Emergency?

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“I’m a fairly new horse owner, and last week a horse at my barn hurt himself badly enough to need a vet. Now I’m worried that I won’t know what to do in an emergency (or worse yet, not even know that my horse is hurt or ill)! Can you tell me what to look for and what to do if my horse suddenly gets sick or injured and I’m the only one around?”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Rescue Horse

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“I adopted a rescue horse about 2 years ago from a local rescue organization. A buckskin gelding that is now about 9 years old. I have had him at the current boarding facility for 1 1/2 years and we have done a couple months of training board where he has progressed extremely well. I’ve noticed that this spring and through this past winter his coat seems to be coarse and staticy at times…”

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Posted in Ask the Vet, Nutrition, Skin, Coat & Hooves

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