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Horse Health

Q: My horse has very sensitive skin, like so sensitive that if I use too much pressure with a curry comb he looks like he has hives. He never flinches or shows any discomfort when being groomed, and the...
As the seasons come and go, your horse’s nutritional needs will change, requiring some adjustments to his diet. Start your new year off right with a resolution to plan his annual feeding schedule. Read on for season-by-season advice, followed...
It’s no exaggeration: horses are expensive. That said, you probably have plenty of horse stuff already factored into your budget, like feed and hay, boarding fees, and farrier visits. But what about those inevitable vet bills? Routine vet visits are...
Q: How can I tell if my horse is cold, and what’s the best way to keep him warm in the winter? A: Horses do very well in cold temperatures, provided they are used to them and have a good...
Q: Is removing wolf teeth necessary? When should it be done? A: "Wolf” teeth, the true first premolars, typically sit right next to the first large cheek teeth aka second premolars. They do not occur in every horse, may occur...
Q: I’m wanting to adopt an off-track Thoroughbred (OTTB) and help him through the last stages of rehabilitation from minor racing injuries. What are the best questions to ask the vet that has already worked with the horse in...
  Q: Can you settle a bet? I was always told that male horses (stallions and geldings) have more teeth than mares, but my friend says that’s not true. Can you set us straight on horse teeth, how many they...
  Breathe in, breathe out. Simple enough, right? Hardly, as anyone with a cold, allergies or asthma knows. Now think about our horses. Weathering winter in stuffy barns, working in dusty indoor arenas … a horse’s respiratory system, particularly during...
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Ask the Vet: EOTRH

Q: The vet was just out to look at my 20-year-old horse, who’s become difficult to bridle, picks at his food, and won’t even take carrots from my hand anymore. I kinda figured it was a mouth problem, but...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Q: My horse just had colic surgery and will be coming home in a few days. I’m sure the hospital (and my regular vet) will...
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