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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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Funky Ear Plaque

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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

Ask the Vet needs your questions for the October 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

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

Ask the Vet – Saddle fit, colic research, rain rot, and more! – August 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 itching by a horse sensitive to bug bites, guidelines for how to ice your

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Horse Health, Videos

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 HorseChannel.com 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

Ask the Vet – Shivers, Sheath Cleaning, Vitamin E, and more! – July 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 Shivers in horses, is sheath cleaning necessary, feeding grain before and after workouts, Vitamin

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Horse Health, Videos

Walking a Colicking Horse

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I understand walking a colicking horse into exhaustion until the vet gets there is not beneficial at all, but what if a horse desperately wants to roll? – via HorseChannel.com I’m glad that you recognize “walking a horse to death”

Posted in Ask the Vet

Symptoms of Ulcers

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I recently bought a Thoroughbred mare that is seriously underweight. I’m worried that she might have ulcers. I’ve had her for a few weeks on grain and 24/7 hay and she doesn’t seem to be gaining any weight. How can

Posted in Ask the Vet, Diseases and Conditions

Ask the Vet – Deworming, Abscesses, EHV-1, and more! – June 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 how to deworm a horse, what abscesses are and how they form and eventually

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Horse Health, Videos

Ask the Vet: Magnesium Supplements & Eventing Horses

I recently saw on social media that there could be a link between magnesium and higher eventing fatalities. Is there any truth to this? I give my horse a supplement that contains magnesium. Is this something I should be concerned

Posted in Ask the Vet

Supplement Shelf-Life

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Being in the south, I am concerned about keeping our tub and bag supplements out in the humidity and heat. How much will temperature and humidity affect my supplements and grain “shelf life” and effectiveness? What are the signs to look for in spoilage, if that is possible?

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Ask the Vet – Lyme disease in horses, fly sheets, how much can a horse carry, and more! – May 2016

Ask the Vet - Lyme Disease in horses fly sheets how much can a horse carry and more - May 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 how much weight can a horse carry, Lyme disease in horses, the difference between

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Horse Health, Videos

Help for a Horse with Lyme Disease

My 21-year-old Thoroughbred suffers from chronic lameness and was recently diagnosed with Lyme’s disease.  He completed his month long treatment of doxycycline and appears to be slightly improved.  He gets Phenylbutazone daily as well as SmartPak Senior. Is there anything

Posted in Diseases and Conditions

Ask the Vet – Kissing Spine, Over and Underweight horses, and Hoof Abscesses – April 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 what is “kissing spine,” how to tell if your horse is overweight, tips and

Posted in Ask the Vet, Ask the Vet, Horse Health, Videos

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