Veterinary Answers

Metro, the famous painting horse, takes his owner Ron Krajewski up on the triple-dog-dare to stick his tongue to the fence. Wearing one blanket, he is riding out the rough winter with no problem.

How to ride out the harsh winter in good health

In a cartoon widely shared on Facebook, a horse wearing five blankets, but sweating in his cold-weather gear, explains his multiple layers to another horse in the paddock: “My Mom was cold.” Funny as the cartoon was during this nationwide cold snap, Dr. Ginger Reed, VMD, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, says most healthy horses are well equipped to endure cold temperatures without undo fuss. And in this week’s Veterinary Answers, Dr. Reed discusses ways to ensure that the horses are happy during this seemingly endless winter, and offers tips for feeding, clothing and keeping a horse during the winter […]

Dr. Bonnie Barr of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Rood & Riddle Q&A on Equine Lyme disease

Ubiquitous news reports of Lyme disease and its affects on humans warn of dire consequences for those who ignore the bite of an insect the size of a pencil tip. Dr. Bonnie Barr, VMD, DACVIM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, says the tiny insect can also have a weighty effect on our 1,000-pound equine friends. In a Veterinary Answers Q&A with, Dr. Barr offers her perspective on the disease, providing tips for prevention, and suggestions on where to look for a tick that may be nestled into a horse’s hair. The 1997 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, […]

Dr. Laurie Metcalfe of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

Q&A: What to look for when OTTB shopping

In a Q&A interview with, Dr. Laurie Metcalfe, DVM associate with Rood & Riddle, discusses a range of issues and medical conditions commonly found in ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds, as well as tips on what to look for when watching a Thoroughbred jog. In this story, which was a favorite among readers, and first published in September 2010, Metcalfe answers questions about ailments, pre-purchase exams, and also offers her own personal testament to the OTTB. Q: What is an osselet and how significant is it to the future career of an ex-racehorse? An “osselet” refers to the thickening/bony reaction that occurs at […]