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Bone Chips in Horses

August 18, 2014

Injuries to joints are some of the most common lameness problems in sport horses.

Question:

I’ve been told my horse has a bone chip in his knee. What can we do to help him?

For the answer, we sought the advice of the American Association of Equine Practitioners:

Answer:

Injuries to joints are one of the most common lameness problems in sport horses. The most common injuries are bone chips (intra-articular chip fractures) in the knee (carpus) and ankle (fetlock) joint or inflammation of the Read the rest of this entry »

How and When to Bathe Your Horse

August 11, 2014

AQHA Corporate Partner Farnam provides tips for bathing your horse.

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I’m a new horse owner, and I’m unsure how often I should bathe my horse. Do you have any tips for bathing?

We looked to our friends at Farnam for their answer in the September 2013 issue of America’s Horse. Read the rest of this entry »

The Importance of the Posting Trot

August 4, 2014

AQHA Professional Horsewoman Julie Goodnight explains the importance of the posting trot.

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I’m having difficulty learning how to post the trot. I know it is important to post on the correct diagonal, but I don’t really know why. What are diagonals, and why are they so important for posting the trot?

For the answer, we turned to AQHA Professional Horsewoman and Certified Horsemanship Association trainer Julie Goodnight’s article in the August 2013 issue of America’s Horse. Read the rest of this entry »

Barefoot on the Trails

July 28, 2014

Karen Blake, DVM., offers her advice on whether or not to shoe a trail horse.

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I trail ride my horses on mountain trails that have a lot of rock as well as gravel. Is it better to keep horses shod for rocky trail conditions, or can the foot harden to painlessly allow the horse to travel barefoot? Would being barefoot abrade the hoof too much with many miles of trail riding?

Our friends at the American Association of Equine Practitioners provided this answer: Read the rest of this entry »

Ringbone Reoccurence

July 21, 2014

Find out whether a horse with high ringbone can recover and lead a normal life.

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My 10-year-old gelding was diagnosed with high ringbone last year. I rested him, gave him supplements and special shoeing. He was sound to ride lightly last fall. Unfortunatley, this spring he limped after running around the pasture when a horse pal left our farm. Is there any long term hope for this horse to recover?

We consulted our friends at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer to this horse-health conundrum. Read the rest of this entry »

Pain Management in Horses

July 14, 2014

Learn why you should control the pain level of your injured horse.

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I have a 10-year-old Quarter Horse gelding recovering from surgery. He seems to be showing signs of excessive pain. I’ve heard that I shouldn’t seek pain management options because the pain keeps him from reinjuring himself. I don’t like seeing him in pain. What are your recommendations?

Dr. Thomas R. Lenz had this to say about horse pain management in The American Quarter Horse Journal. Read the rest of this entry »

Chondroma

July 7, 2014

Dr. Kristin Bubeck offers her advice for a filly diagnosed with and treated for laryngeal chondroma.

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My recently claimed filly has been diagnosed with and had laser surgery for a laryngeal chondroma. I understand chondromas often grow back. Are they chronic? With vigilant attention and care, can they be cured?

We consulted our friends at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer to this horse-health quandary. Read the rest of this entry »

Laminits Flare Ups

June 30, 2014

Find out what to do with a horse with a history of laminits that shows signs of pain when walking on hard surfaces.

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A couple of years ago, my now 19-year-old Quarter Horse mare developed inflammatory airway disease and was treated with Prednisone, which caused her to develop laminitis. With quick action, we were able to keep the damage to a minimum based on her x-rays. She appears sound now, and I am able to ride her. I have noticed that, every once in a while, she will be cautious on how she walks on hard surfaces such as concrete. Is this caused by scaring from the laminitis, or should I be looking for some other problem? She has never had foot or lameness issues prior to this. I’m also wondering, given her history, if I could let her go barefoot.

We consulted our friends at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer to this horse-health conundrum. Read the rest of this entry »

Back Up Your Horse

June 23, 2014

AQHA Professional Horseman Dick Pieper offers his horse-training advice for teaching a horse to back up.

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My horse has a pretty strong gas pedal going forward, but that’s about it. What training advice do you have for teaching a horse to back up?

Here’s what AQHA Professional Horseman Dick Pieper, of Marietta, Oklahoma, has to say about backing up in the December 2013 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal: Read the rest of this entry »

Sidepassing Your Horse Over a Log

June 16, 2014

Your body position is critical to successfully sidepassing your horse over a log. Heed these tips from an AQHA Pro Horseman to improve your cues.

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How should my body be positioned if I’m trying to sidepass my horse over a log?

For the answer, we turned to AQHA Professional Horseman Bill Bormes’ article in the December 2013 issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal. Journal subscribers can read archives online or via our app. (www.aqha.com/journal) Read the rest of this entry »

Hoof-Health Issues: A Retained Sole

June 9, 2014

ask_expertSee why thin soles could be the cause of your horse’s hoof pain.

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My horse is recovering from a lameness and abscess that my vet attributes to a retained sole. I’ve never heard of this before in 40 years of caring for horses. How common is this? What can I do to prevent this from reoccurring?

We consulted our friends at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer to this horse-health conundrum. Read the rest of this entry »

Foal Weaning Methods

June 2, 2014

Identify which of the two common weaning methods, gradual or abrupt, will be the best option for your foal.

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I welcomed two beautiful American Quarter Horse foals into my barn this past February. I’ve heard a lot of mixed information about weaning, particularly the different methods. I’m thinking the abrupt method might work well for my foals. How would this be done?

For the answer, we consulted Dr. Tom Lenz, a regular contributor to the The American Quarter Horse JournalJournal subscribers can read archives online or on their tablets and smartphones via our app. (www.aqha.com/journal) Read the rest of this entry »