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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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Cooling Out Your Horse

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I know I’m supposed to cool my horse down completely after every ride. What’s the best way to determine if she’s properly cooled off? – via HorseChannel.com You sound like a knowledgeable and conscientious rider! No doubt you have your

Posted in Ask the Vet

“Ask the Vet” Needs Your Vote: January

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Thanks for voting! This month’s “Ask the Vet” video topic poll is now closed, but stay tuned for the videos, which will be coming in early February! A couple weeks ago, we asked you if you had any questions related

Posted in Ask the Vet

How Immune Supplements Work

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“I’m confused about how immune supplements work. My old horse used to be on one because my vet said his immune system needed more support as he got older, which made sense. But now my friend’s trainer is telling her

Posted in Ask the Vet

Announcing SmartPak’s Ask the Vet video series

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Since 2007, our Staff Veterinarian, Dr. Lydia Gray has been answering your horse health questions in our Ask the Vet blog. She’s tackled all sorts of horse health topics ranging from colic in horses to joint health to eye injuries

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Dressage for Senior Horse Health

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I’ve been doing dressage with my horse for the past four years and we’ve been progressing slowly but steadily up the levels. She is now 19 and while she is generally sound and healthy, I’m starting to notice some symptoms

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How Hot is Too Hot to Ride?

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Out here in the Midwest, our summers get seriously hot and humid. I personally don’t mind the heat, but I worry that it’s too much for my horse. He sweats a lot when it gets above 80* and even though

Posted in Ask the Vet

Vaccinations for “Stay-At-Home” Horses

All of my horses are now retired from competing and I keep them at home where there aren’t other horses coming in and out of the barn. Do I need to continue to vaccinate them on the same schedule they

Posted in Ask the Vet

Considering DIY vaccination

I own two off-track Thoroughbreds that live at home. I have been considering self-vaccination for my mare and gelding. Can you share with me pros and cons of not having my veterinarian do this task? – via horsechannel.com Believe me,

Posted in Ask the Vet, Barn Skills

Will my horse colic again?

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My horse recently had a bout of colic. He recovered fully, but I’ve been told that once a horse colics, he’s more likely to colic again. Is that true? And if so, why? -via HorseChannel.com Unfortunately, many studies over the

Posted in Ask the Vet

Eye injuries in horses

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There are a lot of horror stories out there about horse eye injuries. So my question is, what should I do if my horse has an eye injury but the vet can’t come out immediately? How do I protect the

Posted in Ask the Vet

Lameness and when to call your vet

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What’s the correct course of action if my horse suddenly comes up lame with no apparent injury? Do I always need to call the vet, or are there cases where it’s okay to wait and see? And what should I

Posted in Ask the Vet

Ulcers and colic

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My horse has recently been diagnosed with ulcers, and I am treating him with probiotics, however, is there a connection between ulcers and colic? Do horses with ulcers have higher instances of colic episodes? – via horsechannel.com I chose this

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Blankets and Shelter for Horses

I have two new horses this winter on 24/7 turnout. One is an athletic build and has the start of a nice fluffy coat. The other is more classic stock horse and if anything is a little on the heavy

Posted in Ask the Vet

Checking Your Horse’s Winter Weight

I have an 18-year-old off-track Thoroughbred who lives on pasture. His weight is normally pretty steady, but as he ages, I worry about him dropping weight. The problem is, he grows a super thick winter coat, and I have trouble

Posted in Ask the Vet

Protecting my pony from her pushy pasture mates

I keep my 30-year-old pony at a boarding stable where she’s turned out in a fairly large field with four other horses. Most of the time they seem to peacefully coexist, but when push comes to shove, my pony is

Posted in Ask the Vet, Misc. Topics

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