Ask the Vet

I have just purchased a 4 year old paint gelding with two blue eyes. I often times see him squinting his eyes while he is out in the pasture grazing. Should I be concerned?

Dr. Denise Gorondy A: Most horses with blue eyes also have areas on their eyelids that lack pigment and are white. The more white your horse has on the eyelids, the more sensitive his eyes will be. The blue eyes and the non-pigmented eyelid skin make your horse’s eyes very sensitive to bright light –… Read more »

Conditioning Your Horse Into Spring: What do I need to know before I begin to condition my horse this spring?

Jennifer L. Wright, DVM It’s been an unusually cold and wet winter, and sadly Punxsutawney Phil saw his furry little shadow so spring was delayed for a little while longer.  If you are like many of our clients, your horse has been a pasture potato for the past 3 or 4 months.  A general rule… Read more »

Sample Conditioning Schedule

Week #1:  Walk under saddle on a flat surface for 15 minutes, 4-5 days per week. Week #2:  Walk under saddle on any surface (gentle rolling hills are ideal) for 15-30 minutes, 4-5 days per week.** Week #3:  Introduce trotting intervals of up to 2 minutes apiece, interrupted with a few minutes of walk intervals,… Read more »

“Are there any new treatments available for arthritis of the coffin joint?”

Denise A. Gorondy, DVM We are fortunate to be in a time where significant progress is being made with treatments for arthritis. In addition to the treatments mentioned (joint injection and Adequan), there are some newer treatment modalities that could potentially be appropriate to treat and or manage a horse with osteoarthritis of the coffin… Read more »

“What happens if my horse needs veterinary care while I am out of town?”

Jennifer L. Wright, DVM This “Ask The Vet” topic is not medical in nature, however it addresses a very important and frequently posed question.  In addition to arranging daily routine care for your horse while you are out of town, it is crucial to prearrange a strategy for providing veterinary care should the need arise.  … Read more »

How does thrush affect the health of the hoof?

Denise A. Gorondy, DVM Thrush is by far the most common infection of the equine foot. Thrush is caused by an infection with anaerobic bacteria, typically Fusobacterium necrophorum.  This bacteria, which thrives in a moist, dark environment with little to no oxygen present, is typically found in animal feces and normal soil samples. The condition… Read more »

Is it ok to feed hay to a horse that has choked?

By: Denise Gorondy, DVM A choke episode in a horse is the result of a blockage or obstruction of the esophagus with feed material. A choke typically presents during or immediately after eating.  A choke can occur during consumption of textured feed, pelleted feed, pasture, hay, forage, or treats. Clinical signs of choke include aggressive… Read more »

With all the recent weather, my horse has hoof wall separation in all 4 feet. Besides consistent rimming by the farrier, how can I improve my horse’s hooves?

By: Denise A. Gorondy, DVM Wet weather can be very detrimental to hoof quality. However, wet weather alone does not usually result in hoof wall separation unless there are additional issues such as a previous episode of laminitis or current problem with white line disease. In wet weather, we commonly see softening of the soles… Read more »

What is the percentage of recurrence of EPM in horses that have had the active disease and have been treated? Is there a particular time frame, age or stressor?

By: Jennifer L. Wright, DVM Equine Protozoal Myelitis (EPM) is a progressive and potentially fatal infection of the brain and/or spinal cord by the protozoal organism, Sarcocystis neurona. Horses become infected with these protozoa by ingesting the feces of infected opossums. The recurrence of EPM in horses previously treated for this disease is termed an… Read more »