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Q: 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? A: I chose this question...
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: I own three geldings and one mare. My geldings are all sound and can be ridden, but my mare, who is 18 years old, has some nerve damage in one leg and can’t really be ridden anymore. Are...
A fit, healthy horse with a sturdy build can typically carry more weight than a horse with a finer build or one that is out of shape. Q: How do I determine what is a safe weight for a horse...
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...
Q: I have heard many people adamantly insist that the sheath must be cleaned every six months, but at other barns where I've worked, we simply do not do it regularly unless the horse appears to have a problem. We...

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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