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Hay Shortage – What Options Are There?

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“I hear there is going to be a severe hay shortage this winter because of the droughts and floods and I’m very worried that my horse will run out of food. Is there something else I can feed him or do you have a supplement that can replace hay?

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Purchase Examinations for Horses

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“I am looking for a horse for pleasant, fun, trail riding. I already own a show jumper, now in foal with a beautiful German Hanoverian Stallion from a long line of Grand Prix Jumpers, and have found a lovely TB mare who is NOT suited for jumping (not a problem, as I am not looking for another jumper.)…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Feeding Forage When Pony Lacks Teeth

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“I have a 28 year old Quarter Pony gelding. He lacks adequate dentition for eating hay. His weight and appetite are good. He is fed senior feed split over 2-3 feedings per day. He also gets one feeding per day of beet pulp. I add a hay extender pellet to his senior feed, but he doesn’t eat it up well. When he tries to eat hay, it just balls up…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Broodmare Due Any Day

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“My Trakehner brood mare is due March 15. She is 11 years old and in good body condition. I would like to know if I need to change her feed ration…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Thoroughbred with No Appetite

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“I have a TB mare off the track, she is 16 yrs old now, and I’m having a difficult time keeping weight on her. She looked her best about 2 years ago. She could care less about food, it takes her all day to finish her breakfast, then it is time for dinner…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Easy Keeper Developing Bad Habits

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“I have a 6 yr Morgan horse who is a very easy keeper. She is currently getting 1 lb ration balancer and 12 lbs grass hay and 2 lbs Alfalfa cubes a day total – broken down into 3 feedings. Her hay is fed in small mesh hay nets to help it last longer, but she has started digging holes to chew on tree roots. She is on Recovery EQ and Quitt. Any suggestions on what to do or is normal behavior?”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Picky Eater

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“I have a very picky mare, a little hyper, that doesn’t clean up anything but alfalfa/oat cubes. She ties up on too much alfalfa so am trying some timothy grass hay with the cubes. She eats some of it. Any suggestions? – Thanks, Christy”

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The Reality of Rain Rot

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“What do you recommend for horses with who are prone (even with good preventive care) to rain rot? Thanks, R.”

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Dealing with Canine Cancer

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“We have used SmartPak for our horses for years and are well aware of the power of supplements. Do you have any suggestions for a dog w/cancer? Thank you, GD”

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60 Minutes to Healthier Joints

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60 Minutes to Healthier Joints: Sound advice from equine health experts on how to help prevent bad things from happening to good joints.

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Help! My Horse Has Horrible Hives!

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“Dear Dr. Gray, my 10 year old quarter horse developed hives about the size of a half dollar to a quarter ALL over his body. He has never had hives before. The other five horses on the farm do not have hives…”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Horse Needs to Gain Weight

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“I have had my mare for 3 years and I can’t seem to get her to gain weight. She is scary thin no matter what or how much I feed her. I love my horse a lot and have never ridden her because of this problem. Why won’t she gain weight and keep it on? – Lisa”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Horse on Diet Still Gaining Weight

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“I have a laminitic, overweight 5 yr. old Arabian mare. Have her on sparse paddock 24 hrs/day. Feed her 1 cup oats with tablespoon of omega 3, 6, 9 soy oil and vitamin/mineral supplement twice/day. Also, hay for 30 minutes/twice per day. She has lost some weight but, seems to be gaining again. My question is…could I just stop feeding hay to her?…”

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Sleep Deprivation in Horses

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“After I girth my horse, he acts like he falls asleep, then his knees will buckle, and he sort of wakes himself up. OK I know it sounds funny, but the lady I bought him from said he is narcoleptic, not sure of spelling, it’s just one of many issues he has. Can horses really have that disorder, or does he just have some type of nerve there that when pressure is applied, he zones out?”

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From AAEP’s Ask the Vet: Feeding the Cushing’s horse

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“Hello, I have a Cushing’s mare who is really sweet, she isn’t too bad yet but definitely has it. She isn’t on Pergolide yet, I will probably put her on it in a few years, depending on her condition. I don’t know what to feed her, she is slightly overweight, but it’s more of the muscle wasting so she looks like she is overweight. I don’t know if I should feed her a high protein/low fat or a high fat/ low protein diet…”

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