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Cannon Crud

What is the fungus horses get on the front of their cannon bones on their back legs and how can I get rid of it? – via I believe what you’re referring to is technically called Cannon Dermatitis or

Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care, Skin, Coat & Hooves

Warts in Horses

I was wondering about warts in horses. A horse I am looking after for a friend has a white wart in his ear but I also know they can get them on their face. How can warts be treated, prevented,

Posted in Ask the Vet

The 2016 NEAEP Symposium: What it means to horse owners


What is “neep” you ask? NEAEP stands for the Northeast Association of Equine Practitioners, and it’s the largest gathering of equine veterinarians in the country after the AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners). What’s cool about NEAEP is they also

Posted in Stories & Adventures

I Have a New Horse!


Well, not really. I mean, I’m still riding Newman, my 15-year-old Trakehner gelding, but after a three-day clinic with “The Master” Karl Mikolka, he feels like a new horse! For those who may be unfamiliar with Karl Mikolka, briefly, he

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Allergy Signs in Horses


I have an 11-year-old Saddlebred gelding. He is a roarer and had a failed tie back surgery years ago. I try to keep his feed moist and am conscious of his breathing. He is starting to have allergy symptoms like

Posted in Ask the Vet

Roaring in Horses


Can you explain partial vocal cord paralysis? Is a horse still rideable with it? I think what you may be referring to is also known as “roaring” or by its technical name “left recurrent laryngeal hemiplegia.” In basic terms, the

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Fall Vaccinations for Horses


Why do we give shots in spring? Can I have my vet give them in the fall instead? – via You can absolutely work with your veterinarian and reserve some vaccinations for the fall rather than give them all

Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care

Kissing Spine


I would like more information on overriding dorsal spinous processes – kissing spine. I especially would like to know how this disease can affect a senior horse and about treatment and medication. – via Known as “kissing spines” by

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Behind The Scenes at Arlington International Racecourse


I’ve always been a sucker for the “ponies,” even before I purchased (for $1) my off-the-track Thoroughbred Distinct Leader or “Leader.” I watched, live on TV such as it was back then, the 1977 Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont and

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Storing Equine Medications


Can I keep pain medications like Bute and Banamine in my tack room or will they go bad? It’s not heated or air conditioned, but it’s insulated and we keep it closed up so it doesn’t get quite as hot

Posted in Ask the Vet, Blogs

Funky Ear Plaque


My horse has a funky white plaque inside his ears. Everything I’ve read says to leave it alone, and it doesn’t seem to bother him, but it bothers me! Is there any safe treatment for it? Could it potentially cause

Posted in Ask the Vet

I Survived a Mary Wanless Clinic


What’s a balloon got to do with dressage riding? If you’re Mary Wanless, internationally renowned rider biomechanics coach and author of the “Ride With Your Mind” books and DVDs, a lot! Thank goodness I had already read her books and

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Demystifying Vitamin E Supplements in Horses

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My vet recently told me that my horse should be on a Vitamin E supplement since he has no access to pasture. I went online to research my options but now I’m SO confused! There seem to be a lot

Posted in Ask the Vet

Colic Risk Factors

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I’m doing a group project at school about colic, trying to find a solution that we could give horses to help stop it. We would greatly appreciate if you could give us some advice on colic and some things used

Posted in Ask the Vet

Helping A Horse Gain Weight

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My mare is a hard keeper. How can I maintain her weight easily? – via Unfortunately, there may not be an “easy” way to maintain your mare’s weight. That’s why they call them “hard” keepers! But I can give

Posted in Ask the Vet

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