Foundation Equine

183 B Bordentown Crosswicks Rd
Crosswicks, NJ 08515

(609)291-0535

www.foundationequinenj.com

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Q: When I follow the "recommended feeding guidelines" for my horse (based on breed, weight, and activity level), he continues to be overweight. Why does this happen? Can this weight gain affect his health and fitness?

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Q: My horse has diarrhea, should I be worried?

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Q: My horse gets nicks, scrapes and cuts all the time. He is an accident waiting to happen. I am never sure if the wounds are serious enough to warrant a vet visit, as some minor wounds look more horrendous then they really are. Could you give me some basic tips on wound management?

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Q: During the winter, especially, my horse does not seem to drink much water. I know that a lower water intake can predispose him to impaction. I've heard that adding salt to my horse's ration will encourage him to drink more. Is this true?

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Q: I own two geldings. I know that they need their sheaths cleaned periodically, but how often should it be done? What exactly is the "bean"? Would it be better if I had my vet do it?

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Q: My horse has an abscess. What is the best treatment for it?

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Q: My horse has patches of hair missing, especially on his croup. It's going around the barn. Some people keep telling me my horse has fungus, others say rain rot. Is there a difference? How can I treat it?

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Q: I keep finding these strange clumps of hay around my horse's hayrack. It looks like he just chews it up and spits it out. Some one told me that he was quidding. What is quidding? And what can I do about it?

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Q: My horse is drooling heavily. He seems normal in every other way, but when he stands on crossties, a puddle forms around his feet. It is disgusting! What is wrong?

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Q: My horse gets hives occasionally, usually just a handful of bumps on his neck and barrel, and they disappear in a few days. When do hives become a medical emergency? Do I need to call the vet out every time he breaks out?

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Q: When I had my horse euthanized, you told me he had cancer through-out his body. I am curious as to how common this type of cancer is in horses and how long they can live with it. Can cancer be detected in the blood work?

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Q: I was recently in my local feed store and I noticed that there were quite a few different options when it came to stall bedding. I was wondering if there is any added benefit to one particular kind over another. For example, straw versus shavings versus sawdust versus pelleted. Can you please offer some advice?

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