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The call was from the sheriff’s office. Knowing that it probably wasn’t going to be a quick or easy task, I mentally ran through my appointments for the day. Requests from the sheriff were usually interesting, and after deciding I...
Q: I have a nice pasture at my house and I’m thinking about bringing home a Miniature Horse. However, my pasture has various fruit trees, including apple, fig and black walnut, among others. Is it safe to keep a...
Q: How do I determine what is a safe weight for a horse to carry? I have received several different answers ranging from 20% of the horse's weight (including tack) to any horse over 15hh can carry 300 pounds...
Q: I have a 2-year-old mini stud with a left hind leg that locks up on him at times. If we walk him backwards, it lets go and he walks and runs fine. The vet diagnosed him with floating...
Q: I have a 10-month-old miniature colt and his 13-year-old mini companion turned out on about an acre of pasture. Is it safe to turn them out on fresh grass in the spring? How many hours can I keep...
Q: I have two horses that live out in a pasture together and one has recently developed bald patches in her winter coat. I think this may be rain rot as she often doesn't go in the barn when...

Cushing’s Disease

Q: I have a 17-year-old Mustang that came back high on the ACTH test for Cushing’s disease. She started Pergolide 5 days ago. I have her on grass hay. My question is about treats and supplements. Most pellets have alfalfa...

Shivers in Horses

Image: Screen Capture via Scott Spaulding on YouTube Q: What is shivers in horses and what are the treatment options? A: Shivers is a problem related to neurologic and muscular tissues, and is often associated with the muscle disease equine polysaccharide...
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