Ask the Vet – Kissing Spine, Over and Underweight horses, Hoof Abscesses, and more! – April 2016
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Ask the Vet – Kissing Spine, Over and Underweight horses, Hoof Abscesses, and more! – April 2016

August 22, 2019


SARAH: Hi, SmartPak fans. Welcome back to another
edition of SmartPak’s monthly “Ask the Vet” video series. I’m SmartPaker Sarah. And I’m here with our
staff veterinarian and medical director,
Dr. Lydia Gray. DR LYDIA GRAY: Hello, there. SARAH: And we are here
to answer your questions, submitted by riders and
horse owners like you, and voted on by
you guys, as well. So today, we’ll be doing
the top five again. DR LYDIA GRAY: Top four, yeah. SARAH: And we got some
really good ones this time. So let’s jump right in. DR LYDIA GRAY: They’re
getting harder and harder. [LAUGHTER] SARAH: My job stays the same. Yours gets harder. DR LYDIA GRAY: It does, it does. SARAH: So our first one
is from Chris via YouTube. And Chris wants to know, “A
few of the horses at my school have kissing spine. What is it and how
can it be treated? Can they still be ridden?” And so kissing spine
sounds very cute. DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s not. SARAH: It’s not. DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s not. So kissing spines would be
sort of the term that a horse owner would use, or rider. The veterinarians could
use ‘dorsal spinous process impingement’ or ‘overriding
dorsal spinous processes.’ What that means is the vertebrae
in your horse’s back they have spinous processes: spikes. They can be anywhere from
this long to, say, this long. And those can override,
impinge, touch, kiss– that’s where
the term comes from. As you can imagine, that’s
very painful when they rub. And so things you might see as
a rider, an owner, or a trainer is– well, one of the worst
ones would be bucking. But horses that don’t
want to canter anymore, horses that don’t even want
to be brushed or saddled. They just resist, or
they’re reluctant to do things they used to do. Veterinarians when
called in to examine, might find things
like back pain, stiffness, that sort of thing. So there is not a classic
sign associated with it. But you begin to
add up those signs, and you think, uh-oh, I wonder
if something is going on with these dorsal
spinous processes. SARAH: The spikes. DR LYDIA GRAY: The spikes. And then you bring the vet in. And so treatment will vary based
on the severity of it and what the horse is used
for and finances and that sort of thing. And when there are a lot
of different treatments like there are for this,
what that means is nothing works great. SARAH: Sure. DR LYDIA GRAY:
Because definitely, if there’s one treatment for
something, then that works. But things you see
are non-steroidals, like the bute or the firocoxib,
steroid injections, something called mesotherapy, where
they make very small and very frequent injections
into the mesoderm, sort of the middle
layer of the skin. And it’s a pain
dampening technique. And that seems very effective. But you might do acupuncture. Or you might do chiropractic. Rehab is a huge part of this. So you don’t just do some sort
of treatment– say, muscle relaxants– and then
put the horse in a stall or stop riding, or
whatever, and quit. You do physical therapy. And you do it with very
planned, thoughtful, methodical with a veterinarian’s help. And it might be things
like hand-walking, because movement is really
important in healing this, because there’s a muscle
spasm aspect of it. So hand-walking, lunging not
with a hollow back, where the spikes might impinge more,
but with a lifted, rounded, stretched top line
so that the horse can build muscle and learn
to use himself differently. So his/her question about,
can they be ridden again? It’s hard to say without some
diagnostic work, some x-rays, and then seeing how
treatment goes, seeing how the physical therapy goes. And then you’ll know
prognosis better. SARAH: OK DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s
different for every horse. SARAH: And that makes it tough
for every veterinarian, too. It’s a longer process. DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s
very challenging. This is one of the most
challenging diagnostics and treatments there is. SARAH: Still, I don’t
know if I would have– hearing your
description, I don’t think I would have romanticized
it as “kissing spines.” I probably would have gone with
“touching spikes,” because that sounds like it’s more the
painful side of things. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. SARAH: So we should all
try to rename that one. I’m for it. So we had a follow-up question
on our February video. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, my gosh. SARAH: Which is great. DR LYDIA GRAY: Exciting. People are watching. SARAH: People are
out there watching, which is really exciting. And it also makes us
a little more nervous. So we had a follow-up question. It was about the best exercise
for an overweight horse– DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, yeah. SARAH: -that she
was responding to. And she had a great question. DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. SARAH: It’s Michelle. And she says, “How
do you actually know if your horse
is overweight? Specifically in the case of
my horse”– not my horse, Michelle’s horse — “she is
ridden six days a week and has been consistently for
the last three years.” And so she’s fit. But she hears all the
time from people– though, she says, usually not
anyone credible like a vet– that her horse is fat based
on her aesthetic appearance. That is not something
you want to hear. DR LYDIA GRAY: No, but
what I did want to hear was the part about working six
days a week for three years, and so her horse is fit. That’s really good. How do you know your
horse is overweight? It’s pretty easy. And I think we have other
videos and articles and pictures and things. But you have to use– we all
use this standardized body condition scoring system. And it’s called
Henneke– H-E-N-N-E-K-E. And it ranges from– SARAH: Showing off. [CHUCKLES] DR LYDIA GRAY: I was
National Spelling Champ. It ranges from 1,
which is very thin, emaciated, to 9, which is
obese, so 5 being the ideal. So her horse is,
you know, 6, 7, 8. I can’t imagine with that
much work that she’s a 9. So start there. And it’s something
that a person can do. But then have the vet
come and do it with you. And so it’s nice to keep
a journal on your horse and have this body
condition score number at the first of the
month or every two weeks, even. And you can add to that the
weight taping, which I think we also have videos on that. SARAH: I think we do. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. Maybe the barn field
trip, too, is a good one that talks about that. But record that number
in the journal, too. Because the trends are
very, very important. So some of the weight tapes
aren’t, maybe, as accurate. But it doesn’t matter, because
if the same person does it in the same place in the
same way on the same horse on the first of the month, then
that trend is what’s important. So if it was like
1,400 on January 1, and then 1,500 on Feb
1, and then March 1 was 1,600, that’s
a definite trend. SARAH: Right. DR LYDIA GRAY: And so you’d
want to step in and then talk to your vet and maybe
do something about it. SARAH: It’s nice that the
Henneke body condition scoring scale lets you have a
really objective measure– DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah,
it’s apples to apples. SARAH: -rather than it being
subjective, where it’s like, well, I think that
horse is fat, and, I think that horse looks great. DR LYDIA GRAY: Which it sounds
like she’s getting a lot of. SARAH: She’s getting a
lot of, like, hot or not?, which, I don’t think,
is what you need– DR LYDIA GRAY: No. SARAH: -when you’re trying to
manage your horse’s health. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right. Yeah, good. SARAH: Our next question
is from Jenna.and.Ginger., and it’s also submitted
via YouTube comment. And Jenna.and.Ginger
are asking, “My horse has a lot of trouble
gaining weight. Do you have any
tips and tricks?” So the opposite situation
we were just in. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. So did you know I used to
work for a horse rescue? SARAH: I did. DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. SARAH: I did know
that about you. DR LYDIA GRAY: So I have
a lot of tips and tricks for getting horses
to gain weight. The first one is you’ve got
to get the veterinarian out, because there are lots of
reasons why a horse might be thin or have trouble
maintaining or holding weight that are medical in nature. In fact, I went
to a CE yesterday, and we talked about one. So I had forgotten
about that one. SARAH: What’s a CE? DR LYDIA GRAY:
Continuing education. SARAH: Thank you. DR LYDIA GRAY: So
it’s where vets go to keep up with the
latest and greatest and the new things. And one of the trainings
was on Equine Herpes Virus, which I know is huge. So you’ve got to
get the vet out. And once you have the all-clear,
then you look at the diet and you say, am I
feeding the right amount? And am I feeding the right–
so that’s quantity– quality? So some examples are,
we like to feed about 2% of a horse’s body weight. You like math, right? SARAH: I do. DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. So we like to feed about 2% of
a horse’s body weight in forage. So if it’s 1,000-pound horse–
I’m putting you on the spot here. SARAH: 20 pounds. DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s
20 pounds, right. So 20 pounds of hay, which means
you have to weigh your hay. And you can use a luggage
scale, a fish scale. But you put the couple flakes
in a hay net, and you weigh it. You don’t just go, hmm,
looks like– that’s quantity. And then quality– it can’t be
hay from like three years ago and it’s brown and dusty. I mean, it should be fresh and
good-smelling and green and bright. There’s also grain. There’s a host of
grain choices– not only companies,
brands, but types of grain. And the important thing there
is to feed the minimum that’s on the bag so that you’re
getting the vitamins, minerals, and the protein. In this case, you probably
also want the calories from the grain. And so there are
grains that range from hardly any calories–
and therefore the question before, right? SARAH: Sure. DR LYDIA GRAY: And
then there are grains that have a lot of calories. They’re very calorie-dense,
is what we call them. And so that’s one. But then other
tips and tricks are things like feeding
more than twice a day. I go out to a rescue place. And then I’d see a
horse in a dry lot. And it was thin. And the person’s
like, well, I just can’t get him to gain weight. And I’m thinking that there’s
no food in front of him. So they had to have
food in front of them. And that’s why I like– this
is going to sound crazy. I swear I’m not crazy–
small hole hay net. SARAH: Oh. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right? You didn’t see that
coming, did you? SARAH: Restricting
access to food for a horse that’s having
trouble gaining weight, it feels like a surprise. DR LYDIA GRAY: It does. But here’s why it
works– because that’s how mother nature
intends horses to eat, just small amounts all the
time, because that’s how their digestive system is made. They secrete acid all the time. So these horses– it turns
out that that horse that needs to gain weight does
so with a small hole hay net because they’re eating all
the time, versus a big meal here that their small, 2-gallon
stomach can’t handle and then a big meal later. But if you keep a small hole
hay net in front of them all the time, they’re
eating all the time. And they don’t have these
peaks and valleys and spikes and troughs, but food
is present all the time. And it’s fresh food because
it’s not trampled-on hay. And you’ve got to remove
those reasons, too. What else? Oh, and so there are things
like beet pulp, hay cubes, hay pellets. Chopped hay is quite
tasty, if I say so myself. SARAH: I want to know
more about that later. DR LYDIA GRAY: Fat puts
weight on some horses. The thing with these is
you have to try something for at least two weeks–
maybe four weeks is better– because, again, like I
say, every horse is different. So fat might work in one
horse, but it might not work in another horse. So you just try it. Some horses respond
really well to digestive support, things like
probiotics and prebiotics, yeast and enzymes. These things all
work differently. But the main focus is they
help digestive efficiency. Does that make sense? SARAH: Yeah. DR LYDIA GRAY:
They help the horse do his job of breaking
down and absorbing food. SARAH: Rather than just
passing it right through. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah,
they get more out of– they’re able to
extract more nutrition out of the food they’re getting. I mean, I could go on all day. SARAH: And then you’re getting
more for your money’s worth with what you’re paying for hay. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, my gosh. But look at, also,
the environment. If you’ve got a horse that
prefers to eat– they’re social creatures, right? If you’ve got a
horse that prefers to eat with other
horses and he’s not eating because he’s
alone, that’s stressful. Then he’s losing
calories, not gaining. Conversely, if you’ve got
a horse that is in a herd, but he’s low on
the pecking order, then he’s not getting
his fair share. So you have to take a
lot into consideration when you’ve got a horse
who’s not gaining weight. Why? First, the vet. Then the quality and
quantity of food. And then you keep opening the
picture up, the frame wire, and looking at other things. SARAH: I have several
follow-up questions for you. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, goodness. SARAH: The first one–
so you said try something for at least two weeks. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. SARAH: Would you recommend
for this person, similarly to the person before, keeping
that journal of the weight tape and the body condition scoring? DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah, I would. SARAH: So that you
can see trends. And then that way,
you’re objectively evaluating how your
horse is responding, rather than saying, ah, I think
he feels better this week. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right. And this is a person, too,
that needs to body condition score and weight
tape so they have those hard, objective
numbers in that journal along with things they tried. Because there might be
three, four, five things they have to try to
find the one that works. And you don’t want to forget
what you already did, you know? SARAH: Absolutely. Second follow-up question. You mentioned herd
pecking order. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yes. SARAH: Is Newman the
king of the castle, or is he a little
bit of a weenie? DR LYDIA GRAY:
Well, his nickname is “Large and in charge.” SARAH: Oh, OK. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. So there used to be a big
paddock and all these horses, and then there was one more
pile of hay than horses. That’s a good way of doing it. He would Hoover all
the hay– all of it. And then they would
all stand there and look around like,
well, what do we do now? SARAH: So no weight gain
problems for Newman? DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, yes. But we’ve taken care of it. SARAH: OK. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah SARAH: Next up, we have a
question from behindxblueeyesx. And they want to know,
“The horse I lease always has problems with abscesses.” That’s a bummer. “She goes outside for about
12 hours a day normally, but she’s on stall rest because
she has another abscess.” DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. SARAH: That’s a bummer. Is there any precaution
that this person can take to help prevent
more future abscesses? DR LYDIA GRAY: So I saw
this one got posted. And I thought, just in case
it makes it to the top five, I’m going to ask Danvers
Child, the hoof health consultant for SmartPak,
because I don’t really feel comfortable
answering hoof questions. SARAH: But we don’t give you the
power to down-vote questions. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right, right. SARAH: For this exact reason. DR LYDIA GRAY: No. And I had to be ready. But the interesting
thing is– and you’re going to follow up a lot on
this– he wrote words that I don’t even know what they mean. So here we go. He says, if “always has
problems with abscesses” indicates a recurrent area
or spot in the same foot, it’s important to have your
veterinarian examine your horse to ensure that the abscessation
isn’t caused by some underlying issue, such as a
sequestration or a keratoma. If the problems are not
isolated to a specific foot and are more general
or random, then visit with the
hoof care provider about what can be done
to eliminate capsular distortions that
would provide pockets and pathways for bacteria to
find entry into the white line. Likewise, you might consider
using a topical agent, such as Keratax Hoof Hardener
to help regulate the moisture and hydration levels that tend
to fluctuate significantly when horses shift
environments regularly from turnout to stall.” SARAH: Now who’s showing off? DR LYDIA GRAY: And there you go. I know, I know. [LAUGHTER] So hit me. SARAH: I would have
thought sequestration was related to Congress
in my understanding. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh. You would be wrong. SARAH: So I was
surprised to hear that. DR LYDIA GRAY: It just means
a walling off, a seclusion. It does mean the same thing. But in this case, we’re
talking about an infection, liquid, puss, white
blood cells, whatever. SARAH: So the big
thing to do is to start with– is it the same foot,
same spot, or is it different? DR LYDIA GRAY: Correct. SARAH: And then
if it’s different, you’re managing
environment and looking at all those sorts of things. If it’s same spot,
you’re maybe dealing with something anatomical. DR LYDIA GRAY: And I think
he said, for both situations, get help. SARAH: Yeah. Abscess is not a do-it-yourself. DR LYDIA GRAY: No. I mean, you might
care for it yourself. But you’ve got to figure out
what the underlying cause is, because you need it to stop. She needs it to stop. That’s not fun for anybody. SARAH: No. And feet are
important for horses. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. No hoof, no horse, right? SARAH: There you go. Riley on YouTube says, “I
wanted to get my horse off of sweet feed and was
immediately overwhelmed by the amount of choices,”
as we were just discussing. “How do you decide
on a feed and what happens when the recommended
amount is too much feed at once? How much is too much? How much should I be
giving my horse per feeding if he gets fed twice a day?” So knowing nothing about Riley’s
horse, what would you say? DR LYDIA GRAY: Well, like
every sentence in that question was a question. SARAH: Yep. DR LYDIA GRAY: So you’re
going to have to help me keep track of the questions. SARAH: OK. DR LYDIA GRAY: I think
I want to start with, how much is too much? SARAH: Great. DR LYDIA GRAY:
Because there’s math. We can always go back to math. SARAH: I’m nervous. DR LYDIA GRAY: No,
no, you’re fine. So the rule of thumb for, how
much can you feed concentrate, grain-wise, at one time, in
one meal is 1/2% body weight. So for a 1,000-pound
horse, then, it’s 5 pounds. SARAH: Yeah. I could have done that one. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. Yeah. Well, I didn’t want to
put you on the spot. SARAH: I know. I appreciate that. DR LYDIA GRAY: So
we brought this out, because this is called a polder. And you buy it at Bed
Bath & Beyond or Amazon, or wherever they
have kitchen things. It’s a kitchen thing. I don’t spend much
time in the kitchen, but it’s a kitchen thing. So what it does is it
weighs up to 5 pounds. And you just balance it first. And then you add weight in. And you can do it by
like a pound at a time and then put it in your
bucket, or whatever. But we do this, we
practice with a team to see what 5 pounds looks like. And it’s like half
this bucket or more. It’s a lot of grain. So that’s a lot to
feed at one time. And that’s why we say,
small meals frequently. So if your horse
truly has to– let’s do 6 because it’s better math. 6 pounds of grain a day,
because the bag says, then it would be 2 pounds at
breakfast, 2 pounds at lunch, and 2 pounds at dinner. That’s much better. So that’s the amount. So what else was there? SARAH: There was,
“How much should I be giving my horse per feeding
if it gets fed twice a day?” So you covered that. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. So like 3 and 3 would be good. Yeah. SARAH: Sure. And then, “How do
you decide on a feed and what happens when the
recommended amount to feed is too much at once?” DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. So when the recommended
amount is too much at once, you just keep
dividing it until it gets to be a smaller amount
that fits within that 0.5% of body weight at a time. And the reason for that is
gastric ulcers and colic. Because their digestive systems
just are not made to handle concentrates like this. They’re made to handle forages. You can feed them as
much forage as you want. And because they have to chew
it and it goes through slower and it goes to the hind gut
to be digested, fermented, and then absorbed,
that’s all great. But the grain is
processed in the stomach and small intestine. It can quickly get overwhelmed. SARAH: So the meat of
the question, I think, is going to be,
how do you decide? DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. And I want to go back
to the first questions. One person had the
overweight horse. And one had the
underweight horse. So clearly, they would
purchase different products. For the overweight
horse, I would look for a ration balancer. And a ration balancer is
one that I kind of mentioned doesn’t really add calories. You feed it in about a
pound or 2 pounds a day. So it’s like the horse thinks
they’re getting something. It makes noise in the bucket,
but it’s not a lot of volume. And it supplies the vitamins,
minerals, and protein that the horse needs. That combined with their forage
is a complete and balanced diet. But it didn’t add calories. Now for the hard
keeper, then you might need something that’s
a bit more calorie-dense. And so you would look
for– there are categories of feeds that aren’t technically
sweet feeds, but in addition to the vitamins and minerals
and the protein of the ration balancer, they
provide calories, too. So that’s what I would
go with on a horse that needs to gain weight. A lot of people
like the complete feeds, the senior feeds. Just remember, those are
hay and grain in a bag. So on the label of
the bag, it will say, to provide all the vitamins
and minerals and protein, you might need to feed
15, 18, 20 pounds of this. SARAH: And so if
5 pounds is here– DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh,
it’s like four buckets. So yeah, if you’re
feeding a complete feed, just understand
that you’re going to have to either feed
all that the bag says or supplement it with
maybe a multi-vitamin to bring those
nutrient levels up. But some horses do really
well on complete feeds. I would not mix feeds. I think that feed companies,
when they make feeds, they do a really good job of
making a feed for a purpose. But I know people who mix
two, three, four feeds. And I think that
gets a little muddy. So choose your feed. And then use that
journal we talked about and body condition
score and weight tape. And keep a record of how–
does your horse even like it? SARAH: Right. Never a problem for Newman? DR LYDIA GRAY: Never a
problem for– the cost of it and how his weight
is doing on it. So if you’ve got
this easy keeper and you put him on something
and he gains weight, well, that’s not
the food for him. And conversely with
the hard keeper, if you put him on something and
he loses weight, then switch. But switch gradually,
because we know grain changes 10 times risk of colic. SARAH: Yeah. That’s a great point. DR LYDIA GRAY: I know. SARAH: All change is gradual,
which can make it hard. Because if you’re
trying it for two weeks and you have to make changes
in between gradually– DR LYDIA GRAY:
That’s a long time. SARAH: Like everything
else with horses– patience, patience, patience. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right. SARAH: As a dressage rider, I’m
sure you can relate to that. DR LYDIA GRAY: I have
oodles of patience. [LAUGHTER] SARAH: All right. Well, that’s all we have
for this month’s edition. And thank you guys so much for
submitting all the questions. We are now accepting questions
for next month’s video. DR LYDIA GRAY: Easier questions
for next month’s video. SARAH: Very complicated
questions with big words. So we appreciate you guys
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much for watching. And have a great ride. DR LYDIA GRAY:
See you next time.

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  1. my pony that I am leasing, a 850 pound Morgan cross, red mare that is 5yrs. and her owner says that she is like 20 pounds underweight, but she gets a handful of food, per meal. I was wondering why.

  2. Is it April already? That flew past! I will have to tell my friends grandparents about that because their horse has a lot of pains in her spine so this could be a cause. 😄

  3. Is alfalfa pellets food or forage? I want to take my high strung Arabian off of sweet feed and wondering if it would be okay to switch to that as feed.

  4. How often should a horses teeth be floated? My horse shows no signs of pain or discomfort but should I still get them floated? #askthevetvideo

  5. #askthevetvideo
    One of our ridden show horses (23years old) is worked regularly and is on a supplement for cushions and has had problems with his liver. He was doing well yet went angular on his bum and gained fat pads on his saddle area, what do you suggest to make him equally proportioned and does it have anything to do with cushions ,what food do you suggest we feed him and do we need to do any specific exercises.
    please help as we want him to stay happy and healthy.

  6. My question is could you explain the difference between hay stretcher and extender and forage replaces. Is it companies using different names or is there an actual difference? #askthevet

  7. My horse is a non-sweater and we have been putting him outside at night when it's cooler and keeping him inside with a fan during the day when it's hotter. He is full body clipped and he still seems to get terribly overheated and its becoming hard to manage. Any tips would be much appreciated 🙂

  8. #askthevetvideo

    I ride at a riding school where there are lots of stones wedged into the ground and 3 of the horses have really tender feet and get lame really easily. They cant have shoes on for some reason so what can be done to strengthen their feet. Also do you have any hoof boot recommendations and fitting tips.

  9. I am breeding my mare for the second time this year, as last year her foal passed at birth due to placentitis. Are there any things that I can do to help ensure my pregnant mare has a better pregnancy? She is a 10 year old appendix quarter horse mare and is out on pasture during the day, and comes in to a foaling stall with a run at night. Thanks, Gretta #askthevetvideo

  10. #askthevetvideo I have a mustang so he's an easy keeper he is in medicine for him heaves and I give him grain to go with his medicine I give him sweet feed. he is the perfect wait I was thinking about getting him a grain called empower

  11. Gidget has DSLD (Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Disease).  While I have found a great deal of information citing there isn't anything we can do to manage the disease, I haven't been able to find anything telling us what, if anything, will make things worse.  Gidget has lots of energy and enjoys being active.  She is not allowed to jump anymore, and it's clear she misses it.  If her DSLD is going to follow its own course no matter what, maybe that's something we can give back to her, to enjoy while she can.

  12. #askthevetvideo I have an ottb and she's never been tested for ulcers. She never really shows any signs of discomfort besides being a bit irritated when I tighten her girth, but should I have her tested just to be safe?

  13. In early Feb my mare had a pasturn injury which thankfully didnt cut a tendon or ligament but needed 3 needles every day for a week and we've been changeing banadges every second day since. only yesturdaydid the vet say that we could finnally let it air heal, but we have to clean it every day, its still quite pink and 'fleshy looking'. there a lady at my barn that had ahorse that had a different paturn injury but now the horse wheres bell boot 27/7. should i get bell boots for my horse to keep more dirt and that out or incase she knocks it, that what im most worried about? she is 24/7 in a pasture, never in a stall. is there something else i could do while it completely heals?

  14. My horse is pretty thin but we are feeding him a lot and he eats a lot of folder but he can't gain any weight. We did worm him and he did not have any problems with his teeth. How can I help him gain wait! Please help

  15. I was watching a vet tv show and a horse's throat seemed plugged up and he couldn't swallow anything. He stopped eating so the vet put a tube down his throat and he pushed the blockage through. The blockage was (as the vet said) from the beet pulp. Is this true? He said it absorbed all the moisture, preventing proper swallowing and causing it to plug in his throat. #askthevet

  16. this helps me we believe my moms horse has kissing spine. Thank u for telling me what the specific things.

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