Archives: July 2017

  1. Hay Analysis question, and stressed about vaccinations

    Hay Analysis question, and stressed about vaccinations
    Question: We just loaded hay in for the summer and I need to re balance.  I  received the new analysis from Equi- analytical.   Can I just balance  proportionally to the last time? Also, can someone on your staff balance for a gelding that isn't IR? I do buy all my minerals from Uckele.  Except for ground flaxseed.  Do you know...
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  2. How can I help my injured Cushings pony who is on stall rest?

    How can I help my injured Cushings pony who is on stall rest?
    Question: My connemara, who has comminuted fractures on thoracal thorn tops of at least 6 withers, has been in the stable during night and outside on a small paddock during the day for 6 weeks now. The latest x-rays showed that some of the loose materials around the fractures had been absorbed by the body and that callus was starting...
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  3. How much Optimize should I feed my Arabians?

    How much Optimize should I feed my Arabians?
    Question  I am really interested in feeding Optimize to my horses- one is a 16 yr old easy keeper endurance arabian, the other is a yearling arab. 2 questions- is it suitable to feed this to the growing yearling, and second, I only feed once a day, they are on 24/7 turnout and that's all I am able to get...
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  4. What is your recommendation for a horse who get Thumps when traveling?

    What is your recommendation for a horse who get Thumps when traveling?
    Question: What is your recommendation for a horse that gets THUMPS when he travels? My OTTB gelding has gotten the Thumps two times over the last year when traveling during hotter days.  He's had his blood levels checked by the vet and his levels were fine. Dr. Kellon:  Thumps is caused by dehydration/electrolyte abnormalities that often involve ionized calcium and/or...
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  5. Can Spirulina Help my Horse's Allergic Reaction?

    Can Spirulina Help my Horse's Allergic Reaction?
    Question:  My older horse - 28 yrs - has recently developed what my vet thinks is an allergic reaction to something (seems too early for fly allergies) that is causing him to develop small crusty, itchy spots along his chest and left hind leg. Still too cold to wash him. Would spirulina help him? At what dose? Are there any...
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  6. Help, my Standardbred was diagnosed with white line

    Help, my Standardbred was diagnosed with white line
    Question: I have a Standardbred who my blacksmith has diagnosed with white line disease. The infection seems to be about midway down the hoof, probably from an abscess he had from a stone bruise. At this time my blacksmith felt the best course of action is to just shoe him and not cut out the hoof wall, and hope that...
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  7. How much Vitamin E is too much for my Senior?

    How much Vitamin E is too much for my Senior?
    Question: If I order the Liquid E-50 and the Equi Base Sr., does that not give her too much Vit E, as  I thought she was to have 2000 IU a day?  Also, doesn't the rice bran have fat in it?  Would she still need the Coco Omega at 6 oz, as I failed to mention I have been giving...
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  8. What can I do about my 2 Seniors: a picky eater and Cushing?

    What can I do about my 2 Seniors: a picky eater and Cushing?
    Question: I have a senior Thoroughbred mare who is an extremely picky eater. Her dental health is poor with mis aligned teeth and some missing. She was a rescue from the track. I suspect she has ulcers as she eats and quits and eats and quits.  When I groom her she reacts when you groom her side. I currently feed...
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  9. I can't figure out why my once-foundered horse is limping

    I can't figure out why my once-foundered horse is limping
    Question:  Attached is an analysis on hay taken from our property, Morningstar July 2017. What do you think of it, considering Charm foundered in December 2015?  Sugar and starch look great to me, but it was my understanding that iron should be (ideally) below 45.  The iron on our property seems extremely high. Perhaps that's why she originally foundered when...
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  10. You Can't Always Follow Your Gut With an IR Horse

    You Can't Always Follow Your Gut With an IR Horse
    You Can't Always Follow Your Gut With an IR Horse Following your gut instinct is good advice in some situations but gut, and even good old common sense, can also be wrong.  This is where fact and science come in. Correctly caring for a horse with insulin resistance takes some major lifestyle changes. It is up to the caretaker to...
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