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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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Adjusting to Pasture

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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

Ask your horse health questions for our March 2017 Ask the Vet video!

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We know you have horse health questions, and we want to help! Each month, SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director, will answer questions submitted by you – our loyal subscribers, followers, fans, and friends!

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Videos

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 HorseChannel.com 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

Vote for the questions in our February 2017 video!

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You asked your questions, now it’s time to vote on the ones that get answered in the next Ask the Vet video! So, if you asked a question or you see a question someone else asked that you really want

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Blogs, Videos

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 HorseChannel.com I believe what you’re referring to is technically called Cannon Dermatitis or

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

Ask the Vet – Hot and Cold Therapy, Feed Labels, Horse Hydration, and more! – December 2016

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    Have a question for our Vet? We’re taking a break over the holidays, so you have extra time to ask your horse health question! Ask your question in the comments below using #askthevetvideo by December 23rd to be

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Videos

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

Ask the Vet needs your questions for our next video!

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We know you have horse health questions, and we want to help! Each month, SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director, will answer questions submitted by you – our loyal subscribers, followers, fans, and friends!

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Videos

Allergy Signs in Horses

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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

Ask the Vet – Bot eggs, joint supplements, bran mashes, and more! – November 2016

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    You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about cannon keratosis, how to remove bot eggs from your horse, most recommended joint supplements,

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Videos

Ask the Vet needs more questions for the December 2016 episode!

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We know you have horse health questions, and we want to help! Each month, SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director, will answer questions submitted by you – our loyal subscribers, followers, fans, and friends!

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Videos

Roaring in Horses

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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

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Why do we give shots in spring? Can I have my vet give them in the fall instead? – via HorseChannel.com 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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