AMA February 16, 2023 – Rounds With Doc T

The following questions were submitted (copied and pasted from the Q&A section in Zoom or from emails), along with any posted under this discussion topic (see below in Replies). In addition, there may be subjects I cover that I have heard on my farm calls or topics I have found interesting from podcasts or books I have listened to (brief descriptions listed here).

5 minutes 0 seconds: Theft and slaughter – How can horse owners protect their horses from being stolen or slaughtered on their property? This is an increasing problem in a lawless and hungry society for which I’m not sure there is a good answer.

16 min 50 sec: How much soybean meal can be fed – I discuss if and how much more SBM can be added to a horse’s daily ration above the standard 1 pound per 1200-pound horse per day – and why.

27 min 0 sec: Anhidrosis (non-sweating) – I show a horse in a video in severe distress from being overheated due to not sweating in hot weather. This horse has been on the no-grain diet long enough to start sweating again but is not responding. I start the discussion of the possibility that anhidrosis is a mental disorder in that the brain cannot communicate the high temperature to the sweat glands and that this is caused by metabolic disease of the brain.

42 min 30 sec: Weaving and pacing in a horse – “Doc T, my question for tonight is for our boarder’s horse. What is the best way to stop weaving/pacing in the stall? We have the mare outside as much as possible. She is a PMU horse. Hope you have some suggestions. Thanks!” This question also leads to brain disease, with the possible root cause being metabolic syndrome and mitochondrial dysfunction.

56 min 0 sec: A biting horse – I discuss with a horse owner the reason why her horse keeps biting her while he doesn’t bite anyone else.

59 min 10 sec: Misinformation in horse magazines – I rant about an article stating that all horses need sedation for dentistry.

1 hour 2 min 5 sec: Anxiety and stereotypical behavior –This is a discussion of behaviors in other animals and whether they should be something to worry about.

1 hour 8 min 0 sec: Mental help for a Cushing’s horse – A horse recently diagnosed with Cushing’s disease is being asked to no longer graze on pasture. The owner wants to know how to help their mental state in this scenario.

1 hour 10 min 30 sec: Seasonal testing for Cushing’s – The previous question spanned a discussion of the appropriate testing for Cushing’s disease in the middle of winter.


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