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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 »

Horse-Training Solutions: The Jigging Horse

May 26, 2014

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. (www.aqha.com/americashorse) Read the rest of this entry »

Buying a Horse: The Pre-Purchase Exam

May 19, 2014

See why a pre-purchase exam is an essential part of the horse-buying process.

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I am buying a horse, and a lameness exam seems a waste of money. What is really important to know when purchasing a horse? I am about to buy an 8-year-old that moves very well. What are the hidden considerations?

Our friends at the American Association of Equine Practitioners have the answers to these important questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Horse-Health Concerns: The Causes of EPM

May 12, 2014

Uncover whether or not wild animals could infect your horse with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis.

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We seem to have a revolving door of opossums in our barn, despite trapping and relocating them. My concern is obviously EPM. Do we know what percentage of opossums carry the disease and how easily they can transfer it to horses?

For the answer to this critical question, we sought the advice of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. Read the rest of this entry »

Gaining Control of Your Horse

May 5, 2014

AQHA Professional Horseman Clinton Anderson shares horse-training exercises that will boost your confidence and increase your control in the saddle.

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Ever since I fell off of my horse and broke my leg, I’ve been really nervous when I ride. It’s obvious to my horse. How can I get my confidence back?

For the answer to this question, we looked to the January-February 2014 issue of America’s Horse, where AQHA Professional Horseman Clinton Anderson, of Stephenville, Texas, offers his sought-after advice on the matter. Read the rest of this entry »