SmartPak’s Ask the Vet – Oversupplementing, windpuffs, 24/7 turnout, and more!
[originally published in the October 2016 issue of Show Horse Today]
Questions answered in this episode:
1. What do you think everyone should know before owning a horse – medically, that is?
2. When does supplementing become too much? I’ve talked to vets and they’ve said different things. What is your opinion, and when does it become too much?
3. What are the pros and cons of 24/7 turnout?
4. My horse has developed gigantic windpuffs in both legs. My vet assures me they are only cosmetic, but I’m concerned this may indicate joint discomfort and/or weakness and want to know if there is anything I should be doing to help combat it?
5. What vaccines should I be giving my horse?
Lydia F. Gray, DVM, MA SmartPak Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director Dr. Lydia Gray has earned a Bachelor of Science in agriculture, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), and a Master of Arts focusing on interpersonal and organizational communication. After “retiring” from private practice, she put her experience and education to work as the American Association of Equine Practitioner’s first-ever Director of Owner Education. Dr. Gray continues to provide health and nutrition information to horse owners through her position at SmartPak, through publication in more than a dozen general and trade publications, and through presentations around the country. She is the very proud owner of a Trakehner named Newman that she actively competes with in dressage and combined driving. In addition to memberships in the USDF and USEF, Dr. Gray is also a member of the Illinois Dressage and Combined Training Association (IDCTA). She is a USDF “L” Program Graduate and is currently working on her Bronze Medal.