Chickens Around Horses

Dr. Lowder, My friends' 8 year old was recently given about a dozen "pet" chickens that they have let run loose to feed and roost in their horse barn. (For some reason they think this is cute, but that is another story...) I have read and been told that keeping horses and chickens in close proximity like that causes a health risk for horses.

Ask the Vet: Equine Seizures

Dear Dr. Lowder: My name is Susan. I live in northwest Pennsylvania approx. 15 miles from the New York State line. I own a 22-year-old saddlebred mare who began having "fainting spells" during the summer of 2001. The first incident was in July when I was getting ready to trail ride. As I adjusted her saddle, she suddenly started to tremble in her front legs, lost her balance in her hindquarters and fell violently over on her side. She recovered fairly quickly; we were able to remove the...

The Effects of Age on Breeding

Dear Dr. Lowder, I am writing to you with a questions about a mares age and breeding. I have an 18 year old QH mare about 15.1 hands and I would like to breed her and I don't believe she has ever been bred before. I am wondering if it would be really hard on her to breed her at this age. She is in excellent health and is physically is in excellent shape.

Bone cyst

What is a bone cyst in the stifle area, and how serious is it? I am looking at purchasing a yearling stallion who in a pre-purchase exam by another prospective buyer, showed to have a bone cyst in the stifle area. The x-rays were done by portable ...What is a bone cyst in the stifle area, and how serious is it? I am looking at purchasing a yearling stallion who in a pre-purchase exam by another prospective buyer, showed to have a bone cyst in the stifle area. The x-rays were done by portable

Giving injections

My four-year-old gelding recently got into the grain bin and ate about 30 lbs of sweet feed. I immediately called the vet and took him in. During the course of treatment my vet gave him several shots and sent us home with nine ...My four-year-old gelding recently got into the grain bin and ate about 30 lbs of sweet feed. I immediately called the vet and took him in. During the course of treatment my vet gave him several shots and sent us home with nine ...

Arabian Problems

I have what I consider an odd problem with two of my horses. I am a 20 year old college student who owns three horses, a 9 year old Quarter Horse gelding, a 6 year old Saddlebred gelding and a 16 year old Arabian gelding.I have what I consider an odd problem with two of my horses. I am a 20 year old college student who owns three horses, a 9 year old Quarter Horse gelding, a 6 year old Saddlebred gelding and a 16 year old Arabian gelding.

Foal Diarrhea

We have a five-week old QH colt. He has had diarrhea for almost two weeks. He is not dehydrated. He has a lot of energy. His dam gives a lot of milk and he is nibbling at both feed and hay ...We have a five-week old QH colt. He has had diarrhea for almost two weeks. He is not dehydrated. He has a lot of energy. His dam gives a lot of milk and he is nibbling at both feed and hay ...

Photo sensitivity

I bought a four-year-old paint gelding this winter and took him immediately to a professional trainer. When I went by the barn yesterday the trainer pointed out how his muzzle and the white on his neck was blistered and scabby but healing ...I bought a four-year-old paint gelding this winter and took him immediately to a professional trainer. When I went by the barn yesterday the trainer pointed out how his muzzle and the white on his neck was blistered and scabby but healing ...

Azoturia – tying up

I have a mare that ties up quite consistantly. We have just cut her back to only bermuda grass, no alfalfa, no timothy. She gets one can of Power glo with her supplements, glucosamine, chondrotin, DMG, MSM, trypothan, and ACCEL. In addition, she recieves ...I have a mare that ties up quite consistantly. We have just cut her back to only bermuda grass, no alfalfa, no timothy. She gets one can of Power glo with her supplements, glucosamine, chondrotin, DMG, MSM, trypothan, and ACCEL. In addition,...

Hives!

I have a two year old mare that I just purchased. She is a conformation mare. I bought her to show. She has come down with a bad case of the Hives.I have a two year old mare that I just purchased. She is a conformation mare. I bought her to show. She has come down with a bad case of the Hives.