Posts By: Three Oaks Equine Veterinary Services

Q: ”I often trail ride with a group of friends. This spring I’ve noticed that while their horses sweat on warm days, my horse hardly feels damp even under his saddle pad. Also, it seems like any amount of exertion causes him to breathe harder or more quickly than he should. Sometimes I will even see his nostrils flaring just standing in the field or in his stall on a warm day, even when we haven’t ridden at all. I haven’t heard him cough and he doesn’t seem sick in any way. Should I be concerned?” –Jessica L.

Q: A good friend of mine from out of the state wants to bring her retiring performance horse gelding to my farm for boarding. The horse is an off the track Thoroughbred that previously competed quite successfully in the hunters. He is used to being stalled for a significant portion of the day but at my farm will live on full turnout in a large pasture with access to a run in shed. The current farm veterinarian was recently out for his fall wellness visit and on oral examination diagnosed the gelding with EOTRH. I’m not familiar with this disease. Will the gelding be able to retire to my farm as described? Meghan L.