Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Welcome to “Tales from the Horse Doc.”

This blog will cut through the clutter and shed light on some of the common issues affecting horse owners. With so much information and so many misconceptions, a lot of horse owners are overwhelmed and struggling to make sense of equine health issues. From preventative medicine to catastrophic illness and injury, this blog will help guide you in the right direction.

Over the years, I have cultivated a love for all kinds of horses – from backyard varieties to racehorses – and can appreciate a good one, regardless of breed or discipline. Along the way, I also have discovered that being a horse doctor requires a sense of humor and a study of human nature. After all, every horse (and its owner, for that matter) is different, which has taught me to be dynamic in my practice of veterinary medicine.

I believe common sense and good husbandry are the backbone of horse health, and that preventing a problem is easier than fixing one. In other words: Less is sometimes more, and new is not always better. And, most of all, I believe horse owners want the truth.

So, tell me your concerns. Ask me your questions. This is a forum for horse owners and enthusiasts to come together to learn, share, and grow in our understanding of equine health.

Let’s kick things off with a tip geared to the summer months. Do you throw grass clippings over the pasture or paddock fence when you mow the lawn? If so, your horse will probably think it has died and gone to heaven – all that grass to eat, with so little effort.

However, it can create a choking hazard, as recently cut grass tends to clump together. While some horses manage to get it down without incident, others may choke (symptoms include salivation, nasal discharge, and distress).

If you do feed clippings, spread the grass out over a large area rather than leaving it in a pile. This will help prevent your horse from bolting the grass, which can also cause digestive upset. And, of course, always check for any foreign objects among the clippings.

8 thoughts on “Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

    • Peggy, feeding cut grass clippings may not be a good idea for every horse, but most can eat them without any problem. Spreading it out (and shaking out the clumps) will help prevent choke, but letting it dry would make it harder to swallow.

  1. I learned to be careful about leaving it in the bag too long, as it can start to ferment, and cause a bad case of colic. Thanks so much for starting this blog, we need a good vet that cares enough to talk straight about our horses.

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