Author's Articles

Are ear plaques better left alone?

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Efforts to remove these wart-like growths are likely to do more harm than good. READ MORE


When to worry about a hoof crack

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Here's a rundown of common hoof defects, ranked from least troubling to most serious. READ MORE


What to do about a hematoma

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Your horse has a large lump on his hindquarters, about the size of a softball, that wasn’t there yesterday. The lump is slightly squishy and the same temperature as the surrounding skin.... READ MORE


When is a stumble something serious?

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
A misstep every now and again isn't much to worry about, but some types of stumbles warrant immediate attention. READ MORE


Store your medications safely this summer

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
As temperatures rise this season, be mindful of the recommended storage conditions for your horse’s medications. Heat or temperature fluctuations can cause drugs to break down, becoming... READ MORE


Be smart about the sun

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
With the return of sunny weather, you’ll want to protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays. Don’t forget to do the same for your horse, especially if he has pink skin... READ MORE


The savvy way to stock your trailer

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Pack along a few vital items just in case you trip doesn't go as planned. READ MORE


Fescue toxicosis risk

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Ingestion of tall fescue infected with endophytic fungus can cause serious problems in pregnant mares. READ MORE


When to adjust vaccination plans

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Changing circumstances may mean that your horse needs different or additional vaccinations. READ MORE


Three reasons to adjust your horse's vaccination plan

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
If your horse is going to come in contact with more horses this year than in the past, he may need additional vaccinations. READ MORE


End-of-winter clipper care

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
The horse hair covering your jacket and truck seats is a clear sign that shedding season has finally arrived, so you can put away your body clippers and let nature do the messy job. But... READ MORE


One way to customize grazing opportunities

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Managing your grazing spaces can be a tricky balancing act in spring. Certain horses may need to be kept off lush grass for fear of laminitis0, while others can take full advantage of the... READ MORE


Spring soundness checkup

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
With the return of warmer weather, now is the time to make sure your horse is ready for the rigors of regular work. READ MORE


What reluctance to go downhill may mean

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
Several physical problems may make it uncomfortable for a horse to go down a slope. READ MORE


Your first spring trail outings

by Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM
When you first take to the trails this season, be careful to avoid inadvertently overworking or overheating your horse. READ MORE


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