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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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Ask the Vet – Springtime shedding, shots, pasture, and more! – April 2017

    You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about springtime shedding, spring shots, spring pasture, feed rations in spring, and Cushing’s Disease, also

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

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 HorseChannel.com Heat therapy (thermotherapy) and cold therapy (cryotherapy) along with their cousin

Posted in Ask the Vet, Basic Health Care

Ask the Vet – Ringbone, Conditioning Plans, Impaction Colic, and more! – March 2017

    You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about ringbone, conditioning plans coming out of winter, impaction colic, healthy hooves during the muddy,

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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

Ask the Vet BONUS QUESTIONS! – Navicular, Broken 3rd Vertebrae, and more! – February 2017

    Surprise! We told you in our last Ask the Vet video that we had something special planned for you, and here it is! As a thank you for the last year of asking your questions for us to

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Ask the Vet – Beet Pulp, Cranky Mares, Sand Colic, and More! – February 2017

    You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about the difference between founder and laminitis, beet pulp as a hay replacement, supplements for

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Videos

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

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

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

    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

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

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

    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

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