SmartPak’s Ask the Vet – Mane pulling, pre-purchase exams, sick horses, and more! – June 2017

by Dr. Lydia Gray | August 2nd, 2017 10:00 AM | No Comments

[originally published in the July 2017 issue of Show Horse Today]

Questions answered in this episode:
1. Is pulling a mane harmful to the horse, and if yes, are there products that aren’t harmful?
2. How can you tell the age of a horse by the teeth? Also, I bet you know that dog’s teeth should be brushed daily or they could produce teeth/gum/jaw bone diseases, and I was wondering if a horse’s teeth should be brushed daily or weekly? And what type of teeth/gum/jaw bone diseases can a horse get and what are the most common? And what are some ways to prevent any teeth/gum/jaw bone diseases?
3. Could you review the components of a typical pre-purchase exam? Which parts do you see as vital for any buyer? Which parts might you consider optional?
4. What to do when your horse is sick, how to know your horse is sick, how to prevent my horse from being sick.
5. How do I use liniment? As far as I know it goes on the horses legs after a hard ride. Is that even true ? Ps love the videos:) 

About the Author

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.

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