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Hot or Cold? The Methodology Behind Heat and Ice Therapy Explained

What is the difference between hot and cold therapy (i.e. sweating the leg and icing or cold hosing, respectively) and under what circumstances should each be used? via Heat therapy (thermotherapy) and cold therapy (cryotherapy) along with their cousin

Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care

Winter Hydration

I know during the fall and winter it is a lot easier for horses to become dehydrated. Because of the cooler temperatures, they aren’t as inclined to drink their water as they are in the hotter months. This was the

Posted in Ask the Vet

Adjusting to Pasture

I just recently purchased a 15-year-old gelding. He has only been on hay feed, not grass pasture. We’ve had him for almost a week now and have slowly been putting him in the grass pasture. We started at 40 minutes,

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

What to Do with Your Horse When You Both Have the Winter Blues

Not making it to Florida or Aiken this year? Never fear, here are some ideas to get you and your horse through the winter in better physical and mental shape than when you started and ready for the new competition

Posted in Stories & Adventures

The 62nd Annual Convention & Trade Show of the AAEP: Was your vet there?

Sunny and warm Orlando, Florida was the location of this year’s AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) Convention, the world’s largest continuing education (CE) event dedicated to equine practice. Held Saturday December 3rd through Wednesday December 7th at the Orange

Posted in Stories & Adventures

Joint Supplements as Proactive Maintenance

I have 3 young horses (3 yo Irish Sport, 5 yo TB and 7 yo Appendix) that I use for hunter / jumper showing. Although there are no indications of joint problems now, I am concerned about the long term

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Bot Eggs

What’s the best way to control bots and remove bot eggs from your horse?– via I’m going to approach this question from two different angles. First, if you live in an area where bot flies are a problem, try

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

Strongyle Infestation

Are there regional sub-species of strongyles? I had a mare come in from Texas to Maryland on Sept 22 who received a Panacur Power Pac 5 days before shipping whose fecal sample came back high for strongyles on Dec 8.

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

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

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