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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.
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All About Adequan Dosing


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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?


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


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


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

Summer Sweat and Electrolytes


In the hot summer months when my horses are sweating alot which electrolyte supplement would you recommend feeding them? There are so many on the market and so many articles about which ones to feed and which ones to avoid.

Posted in Ask the Vet, Seasonal Horse Care

Upward Fixation of the Patella


I have a 3 yr old gelding that started showing signs of stifle problems as a yearling, from a yearling to 2 yr old it progressively got worse and his legs, one or the other were locking up. I had

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Joint Supplement Efficacy


I have a 10yo quarter horse who’s never had any soundness issues. We do a lot of hacking out and he gets ridden 6 days a week, 2 are serious training days about one to two hours each. We are

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

The Benefits of Baking Soda


I’ve never had my OTTB scoped for ulcers, but given his history and current living situation, I’m fairly confident his stomach bothers him. My friend recommended adding baking soda to his program to help. I’m confused because I’ve also heard

Posted in Ask the Vet

Treating Swollen Legs


We are pleased to have a guest veterinarian provide an answer today. At SmartPak, we realize the importance of staying on top of the latest research, nutritional products and horse health issues, while helping to promote increased involvement of veterinarians

Posted in Lameness

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