We will be posting a new series of common myths in horse keeping. Today's topic is the proud cut gelding. Geldings that retain stallion-like behavior after castration are often referred to as 'proud cut.' This means that the veterinarian left part of the epididymis (a reproductive structure adjacent to the testicle) and the concern is that this tissue continues to produce testosterone and the associated hormonally driven behaviors.
In fact, the epididymus is not responsible for testosterone production so even if some tissue remains, it would not be responsible for the behavior. The more likely scenario is that the gelding has learned behaviors. It is also possible to have 'cryptorchid' stallions where a testicle retained in the abdomen is still producing testosterone. It is not considered the veterinary standard of care to remove just one testicle so it would be rare to find such a stallion.
Anhidrosis is a complete or
incomplete ability of a horse to sweat.
In severe cases, the horse may become so overheated that it is at risk
to develop heatstroke. For most of our
clients, anhidrosis is performance limiting and limits the times of day and
amount of time a horse can be exercised.
s sweating ability. Anhidrosis can develop suddenly, and may or
may not recur from year to year. Dr.
Vivrette suspects that an occurrence of overwork in hot weather (when the horse
is not used to this type of work) may serve as a trigger for anhidrosis.
I wanted to use our blog to tell all of our Triangle Equine clients about
my volunteer trip to Nicaragua. Next to
Haiti, Nicaragua is the poorest country in the western hemisphere. Most people there do not have the proper
resources to care for their dogs, cats, and horses. My trip was a combination
of equine work as well as spay and neuter programs for
dogs and cats. I wanted to write about
some of the cases that we saw and the type of work being done to improve the
situation for these equines.
Did you hear?
The first cases of West Nile in horses have been reported this year.
Horses in Texas and Ohio have tested positive for the disease, which is
a threat to horses nationwide.¹ And 14 cases of Eastern equine
encephalomyelitis already have been reported this year, with new cases
popping up regularly.²
Vaccination is the most effective way to help protect horses against
West Nile and other encephalitic or mosquito-borne diseases, such as
Eastern equine encephalomyelitis (EEE) and Western equine
Disease Control Strategies
Control of disease in your horse
requires a combination ofgood
management, proper vaccination schemes,and agood working relationship with your veterinarian.There are three
factors that impact the development of a preventative health care program:
horse factors, location factors, and owner factors.
- Horse factors: number/population
density, age, type and use of horses, and value of horses.
- Location factors: facilities,
climate, endemic disease, and population fluxes.
- Owner factors: cost of prevention
While spending as much time as possible at pasture can be good mentally
for your horse, if you live in an area with wet or very humid
conditions, your horse might be at risk of contracting a bacterial skin
disease commonly known as "rain rot."
Ann Swinker, PhD, an extension horse specialist at Penn State
University, explains what the infection looks like, how to treat
infected horses, and ways to prevent horses from getting or spreading
Cause:"Rain rot or rain scald (also known as dermatophilosis) is caused by
bacterial infection, and it often is mistaken for a fungal disease,"
A South Carolina foal tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) last week, marking that state's first case of 2013.
In a June 28 statement, Boyd Parr, DVM, South Carolina state
veterinarian and director of the Clemson University Livestock Poultry
Health, announced that a foal from Sumter County (located in central
South Carolina) that died recently tested positive for the disease. Two
adult horses that died at the same farm around the same time are
suspected of also having EEE, the statement indicated.
Office Manager Samantha here! Just wanted to take this time to let you know that we are now offering microchipping for horses! Safe and inexpensive, microchips are also now required for horses competing at FEI levels. Even if you're not an FEI-level rider, a microchip can be definitive proof of ownership should the question ever arise. Give us a call to schedule your appointment today!
While most of us humans
tend to pack on the pounds
in the winter, the spring and
summer are prime time for our
horses to fatten up. While it is important to have a decent weight going into
winter, many of our horses here in North Carolina are overweight.
Many of us (myself included) are guilty of
thinking of our horses as “fat and happy” but the more appropriate saying is
“fat and at risk.” Overweight horses
have a shortened lifespan and are at risk for a multitude of health problems.
Don’t forget that the number one risk
factor for gastric ulcers in horses is a change in stabling. If you are traveling to a show, using an
gastric protectant is recommended.
GastroGard® and Ulcergard® contain Omeprazole, which is extremely effective
for treating and preventing ulcers.
Compounded versions of Omeprazole have been tested and many contained
only 20% of the Omeprazole necessary so using brand-name Omeprazole is strongly
recommended. he only downside of Omeprazole is that it takes 3 days to take full efficacy. Ranitidine is a faster-acting ulcer
prevention but may be slightly less effective than Omeprazole. For most horses, using Ranitidine during
travel should be enough to prevent ulcers caused by change in stabling.