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Feeding the Pregnant Mare

June 22, 2015

Mares have different nutrient requirements when pregnant. Do you know how to feed her and her growing foal?

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I have just bred my mare, and she is in foal. How should I manage her forage intake to be sure she gets appropriate nutrients and roughage? She is a very, very easy keeper that can easily get fat on hay alone.

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

Answer:

This is an excellent question. I am glad that you have given this aspect of your management some consideration. The good news is that if she is already at a reasonable weight and body condition score (BCS), you don’t need to make changes to your feeding program until she finishes her eighth month of gestation. The time of highest digestible energy requirement for a broodmare is during months nine, 10 and 11 of gestation and then through lactation. Energy requirements are even higher during lactation than they are during gestation. Read the rest of this entry »

Pasture Pals: Mares and Geldings

June 15, 2015

Keeping mares and geldings in a pasture together won’t necessarily cause mares to go into heat.

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Can pasturing one gelding with a group of mares stimulate them to come into heat?

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

Answer:

When addressing heat (AKA estrus) in mares, there are two broad categories:

  1. Estrus induction (AKA manipulation)
  2. Estrus detection Read the rest of this entry »

Treating a Horse with Founder

June 8, 2015

The treatment and prognosis of founder in horses depends on the degree of rotation of the coffin bone.

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My 12-year-old mare was diagnosed with founder. Her coffin bone has rotated, and she is quite sore. We had our farrier take off some of the toe, and she is walking better. What should I expect for her prognosis, and how best can I treat her?

We consulted the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Vaccinating Pregnant Mares

June 2, 2015

Increase your foal’s immunity by giving your mare a booster immunization prior to foaling.

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My mare is due in early July. I have already vaccinated her, but I’ve heard that it is good to vaccinate again within 30 days of foaling to give the foal resistance. What about the rabies shot? Should that be done within that 30-day time frame, or should we have it administered now when I usually do it?

We consulted the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Senior Horse Feed with Molasses

May 25, 2015

Senior horse feed with molasses can be a problem for horses with a metabolic disease.

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Can you provide the pros and cons of feeding senior feed with molasses?

We consulted the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Buddy-Sour Mare and Stallion

May 18, 2015

Separating a buddy-sour mare and stallion pair is in the best interest of horse health and safety.

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How can I prevent my mare from getting bred by my stallion, as they are extremely buddy sour? We have tried separating them, but I feel it becomes a dangerous situation for them.

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

Answer:

I have given some thought to your troublesome situation. This is an interesting topic for discussion. I see two immediate concerns for you:

  1. Wanting to avoid physical trauma to both your mare and stallion
  2. Not wanting your mare to get bred. Read the rest of this entry »

Foal CPR

May 11, 2015

Know how to perform emergency CPR on a foal in distress.

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How do you perform CPR on a foal in distress?

Answer:

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is the restoration of spontaneous circulation and breathing and is used in cases of cardiopulmonary arrest, defined as sudden cessation of spontaneous and effective respiration and heartbeat.

This most often occurs in foals suffering from asphyxia or lack of oxygen before and Read the rest of this entry »

Patella Problems in Horses

May 4, 2015

Surgery can be performed to correct upward fixation of the patella in horses.

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My horse has a patella ligament issue. It’s mostly noticeable when you pick up his foot and notice the catch. As long as he is in shape he does pretty well, though he does have more trouble when stalled. The patella issue is only confined to the one leg. At what point do you consider examination, and how long is recovery time?

We consulted the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for the answer. Read the rest of this entry »

Hindquarter Weakness in Horses

April 27, 2015

The “tail pull” test during a horse health exam can indicate if there is weakness in a horse’s vertebrae.

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I’m looking at purchasing a mare, so seems sound when I ride her. But decided to have her seen by a veterinarian. She failed the “tail-pull” sway test. She is negative for EPM, but she has a big lump on either side of her neck above her withers that the vet said is not normal. Could that be the cause of failing the tail pull test? What might cause that, and is it fixable? Read the rest of this entry »

Foal Weaning Methods

April 20, 2015

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 »

Cleaning a Gelding’s Sheath

April 13, 2015

Accumulation of dirt and debris in your horse’s sheath can form small stones called “beans.”

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Is it recommended to regularly clean a gelding’s sheath? I had a veterinarian clean my horses’ sheaths about four years ago and there were not any “beans” or other detritus. They were both about 20 years old at the time and this was probably the first time their sheaths were inspected. They are always kept in a pasture and not in stalls. They seem to easily have a regular stream when urinating.

We consulted the experts at the American Association of Equine Practitioners for answers. Read the rest of this entry »

Cushings Disease and Seizures

April 6, 2015

Seizures have been documented in horses with Cushings disease.

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My horse began having gran mal seizures when he raised his head very high. I was financially unable to have an MRI performed. I did get an opthmologist to examine his eyes because he had supra orbital swelling. That vet thought she saw a tumor behind his left eye. Blood work came back IR only. I placed him on a low-sugar diet and decided to let him live out his life. Not only did his eye swelling go down but he stopped having the head position seizures! Read the rest of this entry »