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Bone Cancer in Horses

January 26, 2015

Osteosarcoma is a bone cancer that is rarely seen in horses.

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Do horses get bone cancer? If so, what bones are most likely affected?

We consulted the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for answers.

Answer:

All cancer in horses is not common, and in my 28 years I have never seen bone cancer in a horse. In an article in The Horse magazine (May 2004) it was reported that “Osteosarcoma” Malignant bone cancer occurs rarely Read the rest of this entry »

Recovering from Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis

January 19, 2015

Bringing your horse back from a serious illness is possible with the correct treatments and exercise.

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I have a 9-year-old American Quarter Horse mare that was just diagnosed with a blood test coming back with a 1.5 titer for equine protozoal myeloencephalitis. She was also tested for lyme and vitamin E/selenium deficiency. She was tested as part of a lameness exam for on-again, off-again lameness. After 30 days on medication, I was told I could put her back to work, staying on another 30 days of medication. What is the chance she will be able to be shown successfully in the future? 

We consulted the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for answers.

Answer:

As a vet, I always like to see if conservative treatment, such as Read the rest of this entry »

Strange Eating Habits

January 12, 2015

Horses that eat bark off of trees are usually displaying signs of one of two problems.

ask expertTom R. Lenz, D.V.M., M.S., Dipl. A.C.T., offers some sound advice that can apply to many horses who eat unusual things. Dr. Lenz is an American Association of Equine Practitioners member veterinarian and a regular columnist in The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Question:

I have a 14-year-old Quarter Horse on 15 acres that eats the bark off my hardwood trees. She’s killed 15 of my trees so far. What can we do to stop her from eating the bark? Please help. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse-Training Solutions: The Jigging Horse

January 5, 2015

Do you have a jigging horse on your hands? AQHA Professional Horseman Ken McNabb knows just how to fix your horse’s bad habit.

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My horse jigs on the trail – bad. How can I fix this problem?

We consulted AQHA Professional Horseman Ken McNabb in the May 2014 America’s Horse for help with this common problem. Read the digital edition of America’s Horse instantly. Read the rest of this entry »

Horses With Distorted Vision

December 15, 2014

Although it’s not easy to give a horse an eye exam, we do know some interesting things about distorted vision in horses.

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Has anyone ever tested to see if horses may have distorted vision like humans (myopia, presbyopia, etc.)? My dressage horse performs great in a ring where he knows where everything is, but he seems to have a little trouble focusing when in a new environment. This may just be behavioral, but it seems to be a bit vision-related. He’s out on pasture 24/7 but seems to hang very close to another horse when something is changed. He always seems to be twisting his head to get a better look.

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Mare Health After Foaling

December 8, 2014

Experts address how soon a mare can be ridden after she foals.

ask expertThe American Association of Equine Practitioners offers great advice for this mare owner. AAEP is an AQHA educational marketing alliance partner.

Question:

After a mare foals, how long will it be before she can be ridden again? And how long should I wait to breed her again? I have a 5-year-old Quarter Horse mare that foaled recently with no problems.

Answer:

As for breeding the mare, it depends on your goals for her and her offspring. In many disciplines, you want the foals born early in the year because of age and racing/showing guidelines. In many instances, people will attempt to breed back a mare on her foal heat. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Horses Yawn?

December 1, 2014

When horses yawn, it is not necessarily for the same reason we humans do. It could be a sign of discomfort.

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What makes a horse do his mouth like he is yawning? Is he really yawning or is it something else?

The American Association of Equine Practitioners helped us with the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Looking the Horse in the Mouth

November 17, 2014

Sometimes judges ask exhibitors to expose the horse’s teeth. Here’s what to do if your horse is resistant to it.

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My horse won’t let me show his teeth to the judge. What do I do?

We asked AQHA Professional Horseman Jack Brizendine for advice. Read the rest of this entry »

Can a Horse Have a Heart Attack?

November 10, 2014

If horse’s don’t have heart attacks, then what is the heart condition that causes a horse’s sudden death?

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Veterinarians tell me there is no such thing as a horse having a heart attack. So what are people talking about when they say a horse died of a heart attack?

For the answer, we consulted the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Read the rest of this entry »

Feeding Underweight Horses

November 3, 2014

It can be hard for some horses to maintain a healthy weight. Get tips for keeping weight on your horse.

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My horse has a difficult time keeping weight on. I have dewormed her, fed her beet pulp as well as oats and barley, have had her teeth examined and she still is not gaining any weight. She is also blind in her left eye. What can I do to help her gain weight? She is a rescue horse.

We sought advice from the American Association of Equine Practitioners: Read the rest of this entry »

Lung Worms in Horses

October 27, 2014

Horses don’t often get lung worms, but when they do they are usually contracted from donkeys.

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My horse contracted lungworm. Is this contagious to other animals?

For the answer, we sought the advice of the American Association of Equine Practitioners: Read the rest of this entry »

Complementary Therapies for Horses

October 20, 2014

Some horses can benefit from alternative therapies such as equine massage therapy.

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What benefits are there to adding professional equine massage therapy as an adjunctive therapy for horses in rehab?

We asked the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners to shed some light on the subject. Read the rest of this entry »