Dear Dr. Lowder: My 14 year-old bay Arabian gelding has a sarcoid about the size of a quarter on the left side of his neck. The veterinarian examined it and suggested either cryosurgery, injections or just leaving it alone. I've heard that even after aggressive treatment, they often return.

I have a Barn Sweet Horse

Dear Maggie, I am 50 years old and have had a number of horses in my life. I now have a 3 year old Paint/gelding that is a pleasure to work around, he has a nice disposition and has really bonded with me. I ride him in the arena with no real problem but he has become so barn sour (in love with his stall) that when I ride him away from the barn his whole attitude changes and he goes into a bucking frenzy (not sissy bucking/he really throws a tantrum).

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.

Club Foot and More “Foot”notes

My horse has a slight club foot and when the shoes were taken off, the hoof broke off pretty short in the toe. He has been sore for 2 days and on the 3rd day there was heat in the front part of the hoof. My vet said to put heat on the hoof as there could be an abscess and this would draw it out. My farrier is DEER HUNTING and can't be reached. How does an abscess symptom begin? Does this sound like an abscess? My horse can put weight on the foot pretty good but turning from side to side is...

Posting Problems

Dear HorseCity Trainer: I've been riding hunt seat for about a year now. I've switched over to dressage, but I have a lot of trouble posting now. My toes point straight out away from the horse, I fall forward, I squeeze with my knees , my knees come up, and my feet fly out of the stirrups. I friend of mine is helping me, but I unfortunately don't have a school horse who'll put up with my "unbalancedness".

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...

Dealing with Injuries to Children

If you're in the horse business, you're probably also in the kid business. A child (minor) is a person under the age of 18. Children occupy a special place in the eyes of the law. Dealing with the Child. A child cannot enter into a legally binding contract for the purchase of goods or services unless the goods or services are regarded as "necessaries."


Guerdat Takes Individual Olympic Gold for Switzerland

by Louise Parkes for FEI Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat claimed individual jumping gold at the London 2012 Olympic venue at Greenwich Park today when he was the only rider in the final competition to maintain a completely clean sheet in the two rounds. And in a thrilling two-way third-round jump off, The Netherlands’ Gerco Schroder pipped Ireland’s Cian O’Connor for silver.