Ask the Vet – Clicking hocks, sharing tack, healthy snacks, and more! – July 2018

Ask the Vet – Clicking hocks, sharing tack, healthy snacks, and more! – July 2018

SARAH: Hi, SmartPak fans. I’m SmartPaker, Sarah. She’s Dr. Lydia Gray, Staff
Veterinarian and Medical Director here at SmartPak. And we are back with another
episode of Ask The Vet. DR LYDIA GRAY: Ask The Vet. SARAH: That’s right. And we’re here to answer horse
health questions submitted by riders like you. And this is our 29th
monthly episode. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, really? SARAH: Yeah, well, including
our special episodes that we’ve done. DR LYDIA GRAY: That’s
right, the bonus. SARAH: And I’m proud to
say we are officially an international sensation. DR LYDIA GRAY: [GASPING] Wow. SARAH: I don’t know
about sensation. I don’t know how you
officially get that credit, but we are international. We got a comment that
was posted on YouTube and says, “I absolutely
love these videos. I always try to come
up with good questions. It’s a lot of knowledge
with a funny undertone.” You are very kind, and you
know how to butter us up. DR LYDIA GRAY: But we
don’t mean it to be funny. [LAUGHING] SARAH: I sometimes do. And then other times, I just
wear a fly mask upside down. She says, “Very valuable. Kind regards, from
the Netherlands.” DR LYDIA GRAY: The Netherlands. SARAH: A very exciting
international destination. So that was awesome. Thank you guys, always,
for the feedback. We don’t read all of the
comments that we get, but we do treasure all of them. And we send them around and they
can brighten some tough days. So it’s always a
nice thing to read. So thank you for the feedback. And thank you for watching. Without further
ado, I want to jump into our first question, which
was asked by Thea on YouTube. And she’s wondering, “I love
how you go into a lot of depth with your answers. It’s really helpful.” And then, XX, which
I think are kisses. Because I think the Os are hugs. DR LYDIA GRAY: I’ve
never figured that out. SARAH: Tell us in the comments. And then, “Please, can you
ask how to treat small cuts and grazes, please, XX.” And then, a kiss
emoji, which I think confirms that the Xs
are, in fact, kisses. DR LYDIA GRAY: I see. I see where you’re going. SARAH: So we’re talking
treating small cuts and grazes, and also, lots of buttering up. I won’t confirm that that’s the
reason the question was chosen. DR LYDIA GRAY: You know,
I did see this one. And I picked it
because we get lots of first-aid type of questions,
like, what to have in your kit, and when to call the vet. And this just seemed like
a natural progression. I don’t think we’ve
ever really talked about it because it’s hard. People seem to have
a problem with seeing a problem in their horse
and then calling the vet, like, they think they’re
going to bother their vet. Or they’re going to get charged. Or the vet’s going to
think poorly of them. I’m not sure where that is. But as you gain
experience and wisdom and practice treating
wounds, you’ll probably call your
vet less and less. But I absolutely
would not hesitate to see something on my horse,
clean it up a little bit, take a picture, and text
it to your vet and say, is this something
you need to see? Or am I good just kind
of following your advice and handling it on my own? That seems super
easy, super fast. They’ll thank you. Because, trust me, they’d
rather hear about it at the beginning when
it’s just happened and not a big deal, than
two weeks later, when it either was a puncture
that you didn’t recognize. It was over a bad place, like a
joint, it involves structures, it developed maybe proud
flesh, and then they have a massive problem. And you won’t be happy,
either, because now it’s more expensive. And instead of being
healed in two weeks, you have to start
completely over. It might be two months now. And your whole
show season’s gone. So I really think,
until you and your vet have a good understanding of
what your level of expertise is, and their trust for you,
just send them pictures, and maybe they’ll
say, you know what? I’m really close. I’ll just whip by
and take a peek. So the first thing,
though, you do, even before you
take that picture and with anyone– even if you’re
sure that you’re going to treat it yourself– is clean it. And I think people
might be shocked to learn that, probably,
the best thing to clean a wound with is water. SARAH: How revolutionary. DR LYDIA GRAY: I know,
I know, and cheap. You just get one of those
fancy heads that turns and you can do like those
all these different choices of streams? SARAH: Oh, the stream and
the mist and the shower. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah, and use the
shower, use the shower setting and clean it up. Get the debris out of it,
the big stuff you can see. And then that also will
flush it with the bacteria that you can’t see. So clean it up a little bit. And then you can take
your picture or whatever. The other good thing to
clean it with is saline. And that’s something you
can get from your vet. Or, I think you
can probably get it from drugstores and whatever. And it’s cheap, and it’s easy. That’s the best stuff
because it’s isotonic, meaning that the
water will irritate the cells a little bit. But the saline is exactly what
they’re bathed in already. And so they’re like oh,
more lovely warm bath. So that’s good. But they say nowadays,
try and stay away from the betadines
and the chlorhexidines because they don’t do any
better job cleaning out the wound of the bacteria. SARAH: Wow, surprising. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. And they do a little harm. Because my oath that
I took was do no harm. So we don’t want to get in there
and kill any cells of the body because we need those cells
for the healing portion of it. The other thing that
you can clean with is surfactant-based
wound cleansers. They sound terrible,
but polysorbate 80, and there’s another chemical. But the surfactant-based tends
to collect debris and bacteria and cleanse the wound without
doing damage to the cells. So water, saline, and
surfactant-based wound cleansers, the ones that
are designed for that are the ones you clean it with. And then, everyone wants
to put something in it. SARAH: Goop it up. DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s just human
nature to put something in it. Goop it up is a good term. It’s the same
principles up here. We don’t want to do more harm. So really, there’s only two
things that veterinarians now say. And you can tell they’re doing
research on this all the time. There’s only two things that
vets say now to put in there– triple antibiotic,
good old standby– and silver sulfadiazine cream. I think we have the– SARAH: We do indeed. DR LYDIA GRAY: –just
triple antibiotic. And we carry that
only because it really should be in every
horse owner’s vet kit. And can get it
practically anywhere. So just always
have that on hand. And it’s so cheap
and it’s so small. Don’t use it and then
have a little rolled up, icky, dirty tube. Let’s just throw it
away, get a new one. But the key with that,
even, as safe as it is, you only use it for the
first three, four, five days. And then you stop using
anything in there. Because the phases of
healing are that first, you have to stop the bleeding. And obviously, I didn’t
mention that earlier. But if there’s bleeding,
that needs to be stopped. And really, a wound
that’s bleeding a lot needs to be seen by a vet. So the body does that. And then the body
sends white blood cells there as part of the
inflammatory phase to clean it up further. They help get the bacteria out
that maybe your cleaning didn’t do. And then the proliferative
phase begins. And it’s where the
wound bed granulates in the bottom or the inside out,
and then, this is really cool. When it gets to the skin
layer, the skin cells– that epithelial
phase– they close the gap in a leapfrog fashion. So that’s why you
don’t want a goopy– goop it up– you don’t
want that in there because it prevents
them from leapfrogging. They’re in this ointment,
and they can’t leapfrog. SARAH: Can’t leapfrog
if it’s slippery. Can you imagine
on a Slip-N-Slide, trying to leapfrog? Disaster. DR LYDIA GRAY: So in the
inflammatory phase, fine. But in the proliferative
and the phase where they’re leapfrogging over,
you don’t want stuff in there. You might want to cover it,
good question for your vet. That’s why the picture,
and talk to them. But once the wound
is covered itself and you can’t see that really
bright pink tissue anymore, probably doesn’t need bandage
and doesn’t need anything from you. And I mean, you look
at it and observe it. And make sure it’s
continuing to heal correctly. And there you go. SARAH: Never be afraid to
send pictures to your vets. Technology has helped
us hugely with this. I have texted my
vets, or emailed my vets pictures of cuts. But also, things
like pictures of poop if you’re concerned about the
consistency or the normalcy of what you’ve got going
on with your horse. And they’re not shy. And they’ve got
those data rates. They got that unlimited data and
they can take those pictures. And if you guys don’t
have one of those, if you’re just using
a straight hose and you want to experience the
luxury of the shower setting, it’s the Ultimate
Hose Nozzle that you can buy that has all the
crazy different settings. It’s pretty great. And so, our second question
was submitted by Carrie. And Carrie used the
Ask The Vet form, which you guys can find at and Carrie is wondering, “Is it
okay to share tack and grooming tools between horses?” I love this question. DR LYDIA GRAY: Why? SARAH: Because I think it’s
something that barns do a lot and don’t think about until
there there’s a problem. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. SARAH: And then it’s
like, now what do we do? DR LYDIA GRAY: I’ll tell
you a little secret, is I go to a lot of barns,
sometimes as a vet, but sometimes just as a rider. SARAH: Sometimes
just as a busy body. DR LYDIA GRAY: Just
as a nosy person. SARAH: You’re just
wandering around. DR LYDIA GRAY: And
I’m wandering around. And I see shared equipment. And I have, like, germ goggles
on because of my vet training. And I’m like “Oh, man.” SARAH: Is there like a
spinning red light on top and it’s like “Wah, wah?” DR LYDIA GRAY: They
look like red to me when I see potential areas
of germs crawling around. I just think of obviously, skin
diseases like your rain rots and your ringworms and warts can
be passed from horse to horse. But not just that, equipment–
whether it’s brushes, tack, bits– SARAH: –saddle pads. DR LYDIA GRAY: –saddle
pads, blankets, sheets. Anything that comes into contact
from one horse to another can be a fomite. What is a fomite, you ask? SARAH: (WHISPERING)
I don’t know. DR LYDIA GRAY: So fomites
are inanimate objects like all those
things we just listed that diseases, bacteria, viruses
can be on and wait and be passed to the next horse. So diseases like strangles,
influenza, herpes virus, well, they like nose-to-nose
contact, but they don’t need it because if your horse puts his
head in a water or feed bucket, and then you use the
same water or feed bucket for the next
guy, their work is done. They just have to sit
there and be taken in. So I don’t think people
think about that. I went to a show once
with my own horse. And I was unloading. And the person who
went with me said, I’ll fill the water buckets. I didn’t think
about it till I saw her filling the water buckets. And I had to go
over and tackle her because she was taking the
hose of the showgrounds– SARAH: –dunking it. DR LYDIA GRAY: –and
putting it in the bucket. And so the bucket that
was filling up with water around the hose. SARAH: And that’s
not even each horse in the barn’s different
buckets that you’re sticking the hose in. But it’s the hose from the
showgrounds that’s definitely been in other people’s buckets. DR LYDIA GRAY: Strange horses. Yeah, so you’ve got to have
your germ goggles on anytime you’re working with horses. And the experts in biosecurity– that’s the field it’s
called– will tell you, better even in your own
barn, for every horse to have his own stuff. And their suggestion was
to use colored duct tape. And so this horse gets
blue, this horse gets green, this horse gets red. There’s more
suggestions of that when it comes to biosecurity
when you have, say, a strangles outbreak. The red horses are the sick
ones that are showing signs. And the orange ones
are the exposed ones. And then the green
colored duct tape are the ones that
haven’t been exposed and aren’t showing signs. So the colored duct tape
is a handy, handy tool– whether you have an
infection, or you’re trying to prevent one. SARAH: And that’s how you
can train your germ goggles, so that you can get them to
the expert level like yours. Although it sounds scary. It sounds like you
see germs everywhere. And it sounds like it would be
a very concerning and stressful experience. DR LYDIA GRAY: It’s stressful
because I go into places and I see situations that
I wouldn’t do it that way. But I know that it
can be more work and more expensive
to have everyone have the dedicated equipment. And you might
start out that way, and then there’s no diseases
or outbreaks for a while. And so you get lax. Yeah, it’s just human nature. SARAH: Yeah, so not a best
practice, sharing brushes and equipment, for sure. DR LYDIA GRAY: –but
easier, for sure. SARAH: But that
whole conversation did make me think
of a great joke. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, gosh. SARAH: You ready? DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, maybe. SARAH: Would a puppy
or a kitten kick you? DR LYDIA GRAY: No. SARAH: No, but a fomite. Ah! DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, my goodness. Did you just think of that? SARAH: I did. DR LYDIA GRAY: Wow. SARAH: I thought of it the
whole time you were talking. DR LYDIA GRAY: And
you were like, I’ve got to say this somewhere. SARAH: I’m so excited. Great reaction. DR LYDIA GRAY: Wow, all right. SARAH: Our third question was
submitted by– and I’m going to do my best on
this pronunciation– Lenthe Schutten, who is our
fan from the Netherlands. So thank you for
the great feedback and also for the
wonderful question. What is the healthiest
snack for a horse? And in what quantity
can I feed it? This is a great question. Cody’s very excited
to find out what he can have unlimited supplies of. DR LYDIA GRAY: You know,
I will start with a story. I do stories, she does jokes. Just so we’re clear. My story is, I was
speaking at an Equine Affaire, one of those expos. And someone came up and
they couldn’t figure out why their pony was overweight. And so we went through the
whole, what do you feed, and turn out, and exercise? And it turns out, they
loved him so much. They were giving him a
bag of peppermints a day. SARAH: Oh. Sweet boy. I bet he deserved them, though. DR LYDIA GRAY: I’m
sure he deserved them, but while peppermints
might be great treats, that quantity is a
little excessive. Yeah, we did an exercise here. SARAH: Because they’re basically
just hard packed sugar. DR LYDIA GRAY: Well, yeah. So here, we did an exercise
at our last training. SARAH: Oh, nice. DR LYDIA GRAY: It was very fun. These are nine peppermints. And this is the sugar in
nine peppermints, ends up being 45 grams. So you’re right, it’s
just sugar with a little– SARAH: Food coloring? DR LYDIA GRAY: Probably,
and then flavor. SARAH: Yeah. DR LYDIA GRAY: Versus– here’s something that
people give horses a lot. You can take that one. I’m holding 19 grams of apple. SARAH: And then I’m holding
2.9 grams of carrot. DR LYDIA GRAY: I think
people think that carrots have more sugar than apple. And this shows that
they have less. SARAH: You would typically
expect a vegetable to have less than a
fruit, though, right? DR LYDIA GRAY: You would. But out there on the
internet, or the interwebby, is don’t feed your horse carrots
if they have a sugar issue. SARAH: Apples are
the healthiest treat. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right, yeah. So there it is in white– as opposed to black and white. SARAH: Well, there’s a
little black on the label. DR LYDIA GRAY: Here’s the
really interesting thing. SARAH: Oh, boy. DR LYDIA GRAY: This is 2 pounds,
or about 900 grams of sugar. And it’s from how much hay
a horse would eat per day. So we get a little
caught up in– SARAH: I thought you were going
to say like a 20 ounce soda. DR LYDIA GRAY: I think there’s
more sugar in a 20 ounce soda. People get a little caught
up in treats and supplements and that. But don’t forget, this is
how much sugar your horse is getting from its hay. So I started on the sugar kick– the sugar high. But ‘healthy treat’ is
sort of a vague name because healthy in what respect? If your horse can’t have sugars
and starches, then clearly, you’re looking for the
lowest sugar option. But what if that’s
not a problem? What if your horse
can’t have potassium, say, because he’s HYPP. Then you have to sort out the
treats that are low potassium. What if he has a food
sensitivity to something? Then you have to avoid the
treats that have that in it. So healthy is a
term that depends on what issues your
individual horse has. And also, I put Newman’s
favorite treats up here– these Hilton Herballs he
gets when I pull his mane. Those things, they’re small. I think they’re very healthy
as far as ingredients. But their form is
not for everyone. Because if you have an older
horse with questionable teeth, they’re not going to
do so well with those. They’re not going to
be able to chew them. And they’re going to
swallow them whole then. And potentially, you
could have a choke. So even the form is important,
not just what’s in them. So I know people hate when
I answer, but it depends. So you have to look
at what your horse has that he’s dealing with, and
then look through the options– whether it’s commercial treats
or whether it’s human foods– and choose the best there. And as far as quantity,
they’re treats. So you don’t give them
a bag of peppermints. Use them as a treat. They don’t count. So I think just
even the expression of, “You were a good boy
today,” is probably sufficient. Don’t go overboard. SARAH: Yeah. Question 4 was
submitted by Sarah– great name– on the
Ask The Vet form. And Sarah has previously
asked a question about the reasons you would
feed your horse a magnesium supplement. DR LYDIA GRAY: Oh, yeah. I remember that. SARAH: So it was a good one. And you can find
that in our archives. We break out all of the
individual questions in our Horse Health
Library one by one. And we also have a
whole YouTube playlist where we have all the old
Ask The Vet questions. So if you want to see the answer
to that one, go check it out. Sarah is wondering,
“How do you tell if a horse has an allergy to
fly spray or some other product? I’ve heard of horses having
reactions to citronella, but what are some other
common ingredients that horses may have a reaction to?” All right, so we
got two questions. How do you tell if your
horse is having a reaction? And what are some
common ingredients that might cause it? DR LYDIA GRAY: I better start
with the common ingredients because if I get
talking about the other, then I may forget it. So here’s a list that I found. Neoprene is in some
splint boots or girths. Some horses just don’t
do well with neoprene. Wool and the
lanolin in the wool, but there’s also lanolin in
products, like some shampoos and stuff have lanolin. Rubber or latex
like you might find wrapped on a bit or something. So those are some common
products that horses can have a local reaction to. And then, her first question
is, how do you tell? When you’re having a reaction to
something that you contacted– so contact dermatitis–
it’s in the area right where you touched it. So if you’re going to have
a sensitivity to bedding, then it’s where you
laid in bedding. So a horse might get up and have
a little shavings suck on them and then have bumps
too right there. If it’s a neoprene or
something, then right where you put the
neoprene or the wool might be in the saddle area. If there’s something
on the bridle. So if she’s talking
about fly spray, if you sprayed it in an
area– a certain area– it would be exactly
where that spray landed. And then the signs would be
the hives, the bumps, itching, maybe some dryness or hair loss. But what you do is you
don’t put something on a horse on its entire
body the first time. You do a patch test
or a spot test. And you just pick a little
area, you apply the product, and then you wait
24 to 48 hours. If your horse is going
to have a local reaction, it will happen in
that time frame. If not, chances
are, he’s OK with it and you can use it
everywhere you need to. So did I answer that? SARAH: I think that answers
both of the questions. Do you now– and this
is a separate but kind of related question–
if horses are, like– and this might not even
be true for people. But I’ve heard that if
the first time you’re exposed to something, you might
not have an allergic reaction. But then subsequent
exposure could cause it. Do we see that same
sort of thing in horses? DR LYDIA GRAY: Yes. But allergies are different. So you can have a
contact dermatitis that is not allergic. And you can have hives that
are not because of allergies that are just because of– SARAH: –irritation. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. So a local skin response,
the local ones probably aren’t systemic immune-related. And so that
phenomena that you’re describing of the first
time, you get a freebie. And the second time, well,
that’s not going to happen. SARAH: Because that’s
more related to allergies. It’s not related specifically. DR LYDIA GRAY: Now,
if the horse has a true allergy to
a substance, then yes, it takes exposure the first
time and then the next time, they get worse. So that can happen too. And that’s why allergies
and hives due to allergies are so challenging to figure
out because you don’t know what the things were that
could have caused this because it’s systemic. Like contact ones,
the reaction is right there where you put it. SARAH: It’s localized. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right. And systemic ones, the true
allergies are like whole body. But it could have been something
that they touched or inhaled or ate. And so then, you’re back to
that process of elimination. SARAH: Yeah. DR LYDIA GRAY: Ugh. SARAH: But what you can
do to help yourself out in a situation like that is
something my good friend Dr. Gray always does,
which is journal what you’re doing with your horse. Because if you write
in your journal that you started your
horse on a new feed, or you introduced
a new product– whether it’s a topical product
or a piece of equipment that has wool in it that
you’ve never used before– and then a couple
days later, you notice that
something’s happening, those might be trends you could
share with your veterinarian to help you in that overwhelming
process of elimination of all of the things that could
be causing what’s going on. Exciting stuff, great question. Our last question for this month
is submitted by Linda, also using the Ask The Vet form. Love you guys using that
form that we created. And Linda’s wondering, “My
11-year-old mare is clicking very loudly in her hocks. She is moderately exercised. Last year, she drank quite a
bit of water and peed a lot, I thought.” Interesting. “Does she need the HA
shots to the joints? What would you recommend?” I was very interested
by the interjection of the water in relation to
the clicking in the hocks. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah, and I’m not
going to be distracted by that. SARAH: You can’t throw her off. DR LYDIA GRAY:
I’m going to focus on the clicking, the
snapping, the popping. There’s lots of
different names for it. Interestingly, elk
and caribou have– SARAH: I thought you said elk. DR LYDIA GRAY: I did
say elk and caribou because of where they live and
the conditions under which they live, they have
developed, they have evolved to have a communication
system where their ankles click when they walk. That’s how they know
where the herd is. SARAH: I think I
might be part elk. DR LYDIA GRAY: I have one. My right ankle
clicks when I walk. And it’s just tendons
snapping over a bone. It doesn’t hurt. There’s no swelling. And it’s not getting worse. So in my case, I’m going
to ignore it as best I can. And that’s the case
for everything. If there’s no sign
of pain– which, in horses, it would be
lameness or unsoundness. If there’s no swelling, no heat,
if there are no negative signs and all you hear is a sound– snap, crackle, pop–
then more than likely, it’s a soft tissue
moving over a structure. It’s not something
to worry about. Absolutely, you can talk
to your vet about it. And I would. I always recommend that. But don’t be worried and
don’t jump to conclusions. Oh my god, something
terrible is happening. There can be a
different sort of noise when the cartilage
wears out in a joint. And so you have bone-to-bone
surfaces meeting. And when you move, it makes
a sound that’s different. It hurts. SARAH: So you would see that
in your horse’s reaction. DR LYDIA GRAY: Yeah. And there would be
pain and swelling. So those would need looked at. But if it’s just the
sound, you may just have to sing, hum, and
learn to ignore it. SARAH: Or embrace it and
try to understand what she’s trying to communicate to you. DR LYDIA GRAY: Right,
like an elk or caribou. We did have this question
years and years ago when the Ask The Vet blog
just started and Dr. Jay Miriam answered it for us. And I just want to read
a little bit of it. He talked about people you
know that crack their knuckles. So, that’s a closed hydraulic
system suddenly expands by stretching the membranes. And there isn’t enough
fluid to fill the space. So oxygen will
actually form bubbles and come out of solution
and form an air interface with the joint. And this is the sound you hear. And it’s harmless. SARAH: See, Mom? Harmless. DR LYDIA GRAY: So
there’s lots of reasons why you might be hearing
sound in a particular joint. And if you don’t see any other
signs, it’s probably harmless. If you do see something
else, I would certainly talk to your vet. So, I don’t know. And again, I’m not distracted
by the drinking and peeing. SARAH: OK. DR LYDIA GRAY: OK. SARAH: So that is what
we have for this month. Thank you guys so much
for the questions. They were wonderful. We had a good time. I had a great time. I came up with a joke. DR LYDIA GRAY: Fomite
– that was good. SARAH: My goodness. I’m so excited. So you can submit questions
for our August episode on YouTube, Facebook,
Instagram, the blog, which is, Twitter,
or of course, the Ask The Vet form, which is
growing in popularity. And that’s at And we will be taking
all the questions up through the final
date of eligibility. And then we will
be closing it out. So you’ve got to get your
questions in in time. And don’t forget to use hashtag
#AskTheVetVideo so that we can keep track of all
of those great questions that you’re asking out in
the social media sphere. And then, if your
question was answered in this or a previous
video, you can email [email protected]
to get what? DR LYDIA GRAY: A
gift certificate. SARAH: A SmartPak gift
card, that’s right. And so you can
claim your gift card and have some happy
shopping ahead of you. DR LYDIA GRAY: You thought
I was going to say fomite. SARAH: I did. DR LYDIA GRAY: Get fomite. [LAUGHING] SARAH: I mean, that’s
not what you want. That’s not a reward. So, as always, don’t
forget to subscribe so you know when the voting
comes out for the next video and when more great
questions get answered. And thank you for watching. Thanks for asking the vet,
and have a great ride.

11 thoughts on “Ask the Vet – Clicking hocks, sharing tack, healthy snacks, and more! – July 2018

  1. OMG!!…I have been wondering why my Sony's hicks clicked.. She has never shown any signs of swelling, pain or lameness. She is 18 and such and easy keeper and has never had any health issue!..
    Thank you to the person who asked the question and thank you both sooo much for educating all of us!.. 😊❤

  2. #askthevetvideo What are your thoughts on mowing pastures? Isn’t it bad to leave the grass clippings behind when mowing especially if the horses go back in the pasture right away and eat them?

  3. This video was very helpful but I have a question is it normal to have a horse with weird sweat patterns she had sweat on her hindquarters like inbetween her bag legs and her flank and her under belly Idk

  4. So cool that both my comment and question were shown in the video!
    Thanks for the answer and Sarah you did pretty good on the name! 😉

  5. #askthevetvideo what is a healthy weight for unworked horses in the winter? My horses are a bit thinner through this winter (out on pastern, australia)? Weight is a big deal in my region but I'm also bad at seeing my own horses as 'they are' and whether they are thin or healthily fit? – zoe

  6. #askthevetvideo my 14 y/o mare got really HUGE last year with our seeded pastures. This year we muzzled her which seems to be working well, but she is having issues with rubs. What can I do about the rubs to help the hair grow back and is there anything I can do to calm the skin down? How can the rubs be avoided? She can’t have it off for long because she will start to get chubby within a matter of days. Thanks! Always look forward to the videos❤️❤️

  7. We had a bit of a rat infestation and the vast majority of my tack and misc products is covered in rat feces and urine. I am in he process of cleaning and disinfecting everything to avoid any transfer of harmful bacteria. We also have chickens who like defecate of various tack items…what types of disinfectants can be used on equipment that comes in contact with the horse's skin such as bridle and halter without causing the horses any harm while also getting rid of the bacteria? #askthevet

  8. I was interested in buy a 7 year old gray gelding with melanoma. What is the best treatment for it? What can it do if left untreated?

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