Feeding the Underweight Horse

Finn shortly after I got him.

When Finn arrived in Massachusetts he was underweight and undermuscled. Although technically eight, he seemed more like a four-year-old — all legs, pretty angular, and wide-eyed. I didn’t feel like he could comfortably carry a rider, as his spine was too prominent and I didn’t want to make the experience uncomfortable for him, so my […]

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My Beautiful Zelda is Gone


For the last three weeks, Zelda has been fighting to recover from an episode of laminitis. Over the weekend, a cellulitis infection caused her to spike a fever of 104, which triggered a second episode. Monday night she was in a lot of pain; my vet was with us until 11 p.m. Tuesday, x-rays confirmed […]

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When your Horse steps on a Nail

A nail in the hoof

When a horse steps on a nail it is a true emergency. Not only can a puncture wound damage important parts of the hoof, but it provides a pathway for dangerous bacteria that can lead to terrible infections. The lead photo for this blog was sent to me by a friend. Her horse came up […]

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What Plants are Toxic to Horses?

Toxic plant Chart

After Zelda and Curly’s experience with the acorns, I’ve been thinking about the other plants that are toxic to horses. Let’s face it. Some horses — like Zelda — will eat just about anything they can get their mouths on. This propensity for sampling new foods can lead to horses eating plants that are toxic. […]

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Acorn Toxicity in Horses

Acorn toxicity

It’s been a banner fall season for acorns. The deluge started a few weeks ago and all of a sudden we noticed Curly and Zelda were spending a lot of time under the oak tree in the back pasture. It’s a glorious tree and I never gave it a second thought, other than to admire […]

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Zelda’s Funny Faces

Zelda's Funny Faces

Most of the time, Zelda is a perfect model of the noble steed. Her coat is gleaming, her expression is bright, her ears are pricked forward. But Zelda also has a goofy side. Usually after a ride, or when I’m giving her a massage or a laser treatment, she makes the silliest faces. You have […]

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How to Treat Equine Papillomas

Horse Vet treating equine papillomas.

Horses can sometimes develop lesions on their skin, usually around their lips and nose. These types of warts are known as papillomas. Horses can also contract ear papillomas, which are plaque-like patches of skin that occur in your horses’ inner ears. When left untreated, these conditions in your horse can become increasingly inflamed, which may […]

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