Archive for March 2011

Health Problems at Horse Shows

“Warning: This show may be hazardous to your horse’s health”. If you had to pass under that sign on your way into a show, would it make you stop and think about going in? As a veterinarian I see the same problems every year that are directly related to horse…

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ADR

ADR. It’s a term used by veterinarians to describe a horse that isn’t really sick, but isn’t really well, either. The initials stand for “Ain’t Doin’ Right”. We use ADR to describe the horse that might be off his feed a bit, or seems a little depressed. It’s that horse…

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Raw Exposure

A few years back I arrived at a farm to geld a colt. One of the owner’s children and another from the neighborhood were hanging around, obviously curious. I guess they were somewhere around 6 years old. I was surprised when their parents told them to go somewhere else to…

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Winter Skinny

It’s a deep, cold winter. I’m in your barn to check out one of your horses for one reason or another. I like to run my hands over every part of a horse that’s reachable as part of my exam. In the process I slide my hands slide over his…

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Learn from the Pupil

It’s always scary. You walk into the barn and right away sense that something is wrong. The horse that is usually at his door is way back in the stall. As soon as you enter the stall he comes over, seeking comfort and relief. Even in the dim light you…

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How Old?

A few years back my wife and I were on a flight and noticed a young girl sitting across the aisle. She was very chatty and had an incredible smile. Later I asked Bonnie how old she thought the girl was. Without hesitation she said, “Eight”. I asked her how…

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Ugly Pogo

For many years (decades) there was a daily newspaper cartoon about Pogo, an opossum, (sometimes just called possum) that lived in the Okefenokee Swamp. He hung out a lot with an alligator named Albert and an owl whose name I forget. Pogo the opossum was cute and clever. One of…

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Vitamin E & Selenium

This article is about a vitamin (E) and a mineral (Selenium). In equine medicine the two things are usually talked about together because in combination they can really help performance horses. ESe (pronounced e see) is often far more effective for horses than joint supplements that cost 10x more. First…

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Wonder Drug?

Banamine (generic name Flunixin Meglumide) became a veterinary drug about 30 years ago. Since then, just in our practice alone, many thousands of doses have been administered or dispensed. What’s that all about? Banamine has become an important part of almost every equine vet’s inventory, and while the term “wonder…

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Three Barriers

  Every year I can count on a half dozen calls from clients whose horses have got into the grain when no one was in the barn. You may come home from a dinner out and find your horse in the grain room, having his own dinner out. You surprise…

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