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Ask the Vet - HYPP, supplements for all horses, magnesium for horses, and more! - May 2018 - YouTube

You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about beet pulp and alfalfa pellets for a hard keeper, HYPP, magnesium for horses, fly control defense, supplements for all horses, and way more!

If your question was answered in this video, reach out to us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and let us know! We’ll get your gift card out to you as soon as we can!

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet individual topics playlist
Ask the Vet blogs
Horse Health Library Videos
Ask the Vet form
UC-Davis video and information on HYPP in horses
AQHA HYPP and genetic testing information
HYPP in SmartPak’s Horse Health Library
Ask the Vet articles mentioning HYPP
SmartPak’s No-Fly-Zone
Read Dr. Gray’s research on Vitamin E
Take the Supplement Wizard
Yes, you can text us now! Learn how!

Have some of your own questions? Ask away using #AsktheVetVideo! If your question gets selected to be in one of our Ask the Vet videos, you win a SmartPak gift card! How awesome is that!? Make sure to SUBSCRIBE so that you know when the next episode comes out – your question may be featured!

Questions answered in this episode:
1. You guys have mentioned in the past that it’s not healthy to feed more than 5 lbs of grain per feeding. Is it safe to feed around 5 lbs of say beet pulp or alfalfa pellets since they are technically not a grain? I’m looking to put weight on my OTTB and have been soaking both alfalfa pellets and beet pulp (comes out to around 5-6lbs in weight). Is there an alternative where I can feed less but maintain his weight? Thanks!
2. What is HYPP?
3. Now that summer’s coming up my horse is completely irritated by the flies. I have a fly sheet, boots, and a mask as well as loads of fly spray. It just doesn’t seem to work. My horse either gets too sweaty with all the sheets, boots and masks, or they just don’t keep the bugs away. Are there any alternative options to keep my horse healthy and happy or recommended products that keep the flies away without getting her sweaty and uncomfortable (It’s extremely difficult because she needs to be covered from head to toe because of her melanomas, the sun could cause more)?
4. What supplements should every horse have?
5. What would be the reasons to give a magnesium supplement to your horse? Will it really help a horse be less spooky, and how much magnesium should a horse be getting on a daily basis?

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Ask the Vet - Sleep deprivation, bathing frequency, grass vs alfalfa hay, and more! - April 2018 - YouTube

 

You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about sleep deprivation in horses, how often to bathe your horse, the differences between alfalfa and grass hay, how to rehab a horse coming off a prolonged stall rest, what to look for in a stall, and way more!

If your question was answered in this video, reach out to us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and let us know! We’ll get your gift card out to you as soon as we can!

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet individual topics playlist
Ask the Vet blogs
Horse Health Library Videos
Ask the Vet form
Ask the Vet – Treatment and prevention of Scratches in horses

Have some of your own questions? Ask away using #AsktheVetVideo! If your question gets selected to be in one of our Ask the Vet videos, you win a SmartPak gift card! How awesome is that!?

Make sure to SUBSCRIBE so that you know when the next episode comes out – your question may be featured!

Questions answered in this episode:
1. My kids love bathing their horse, a 15-year-old Paint Gelding, when the weather warms up. I wanted to ask if there is any pro or con to a horse getting bathed 3-4 times a week, and is there a “good” time the kids should bathe him (i.e., after a ride, after eating, before eating, etc.)?
2. Grass hay vs. alfalfa hay? Pros and cons of each? What is the biggest difference nutritionally?
3. Things to take note of when taking a horse off 8 months of stall rest? He had a leg fracture that has healed well enough to start turnout next month!
4. If circumstances require you to keep your horse stabled in an individual box stall most of the day, what are important features to look for in a barn that contribute most to a horse’s well-being? (e.g., stall with an outside window, being able to see other horses, number of feedings per day, etc.)
5. I’m hoping you can help to shed some light on a problem I’ve been coping with for about 6 years. I have a soon-to-be 27-year-old Trakehner. He has a 12×12 stall with shavings and he’s turned out for 8 hours a day. He’s an alpha personality in his herd. Here’s the problem: He frequently falls asleep while standing and then very nearly falls down. It’s very disturbing to see this and he will do it several times in an hour. He does this in his stall and during turnout. He’s never done it while under saddle or in cross ties, so I doubt it’s narcolepsy. He rolls Every. Single. Day in the pasture so I know he’s not afraid of getting himself back to a standing position. I wonder if this is sleep deprivation? If so, can I fix it? How can I keep him safe?

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What should horse owners who are concerned about bone health be considering?

If you have concerns about bone health, either in the mature performance horse or in the growing horse, we recommend working with your veterinarian. It is critical to consider the horse’s total diet, including forage and concentrated feeds. A correct balance of nutrients – especially minerals – is very important for developing and maintaining healthy bone over the course of a horse’s life. At SmartPak we love the easy-to-use online software from FeedXL (www.FeedXL.com) which helps you identify nutrient deficiencies or excesses, balances mineral ratios, assesses any feed or supplement in your horse’s diet, and more.

Besides diet, there are additional management factors that can influence bone health, such as avoiding excess stall time, providing plenty of turnout, and keeping your horse in a consistent exercise program that’s appropriate for his individual needs.

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When would you choose a bone supplement like SmartOsteo Pellets over a joint supplement, or a recovery supplement like SmartFlex Rehab Pellets?

Joint health formulas such as the SmartFlex line, new SmartStride Ultra, and the wide selection of other quality joint supplements available from SmartPak are intended to support the health of articular cartilage and joint fluid, while combating the stiffness and discomfort associated with exercise and aging. Because there is a need for joint support through the horse’s life, you’ll find products for young horses or those in light work, for elite athletes at the top of their careers, and for retired seniors.

SmartFlex Rehab Pellets were specifically developed to support horses recovering from a soft tissue concern and provides an active ingredient profile better suited for the rest and rehab phases of tendon and ligament issues. Because there is some overlap with traditional joint ingredients, there is no need to give both a joint supplement and a recovery supplement at the same time.

SmartOsteo Pellets were designed to support, strong, resilient bone. That makes it ideal for horses coming off stall rest back into work, and a good choice for any horse just starting exercise, increasing its current level of exercise, or engaged in heavy exercise consistently. Because horses in work require healthy joints AND healthy bones, some horses may thrive while receiving both types of products at the same time. If you’re not sure whether one or both of these products would be appropriate for your horse, we’d advise working with your veterinarian to determine the best supplement program for your horse’s individual needs.

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Vote for the questions in the April 2018 Ask the Vet video! - YouTube

You asked your questions, now it’s time to vote on the ones that get answered in the April 2018 Ask the Vet video! Follow SmartPaker Sarah’s instructions in the video above to vote right here in the video, then scroll down to vote in our traditional poll and our Twitter polls. PRO TIP: To vote more than once in our traditional poll, vote once, refresh the page, then vote again!

Which of these topics do you want to learn about most in our next #AskTheVetVideo episode? Tell us by voting in our polls here and on our blog: https://t.co/soZEmqSzlV

— SmartPak Equine (@SmartPak) March 9, 2018

It's #AskTheVetVideo voting time again, and we want to know which of these horse health topics you want to learn about! Vote in our three polls here on Twitter & on our blog: https://t.co/soZEmqSzlV

— SmartPak Equine (@SmartPak) March 9, 2018

Do you want to learn about any of these topics in our next #AskTheVetVideo? If you do, cast your vote here and on our blog: https://t.co/soZEmqSzlV

— SmartPak Equine (@SmartPak) March 9, 2018

Don’t forget to come back in early April to see which questions got voted into the Top 5 and were answered in the April 2018 Ask the Vet video by Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director!

Thanks for Asking the Vet, and #haveagreatride!

To check out all previous Ask the Vet videos, have a look at our playlist or check them all out in our Horse Health Library.

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Ask the Vet - Pressure hives, over-grooming, oats and more! - March 2018 - YouTube

 

You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about pressure hives, whether or not it’s possible to groom too much, the do’s and don’ts of feeding oats, what to know when buying your first horse, what a horse’s poop can tell you about the health of the horse, and way more!

If your question was answered in this video, reach out to us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and let us know! We’ll get your gift card out to you as soon as we can! Have some of your own questions? Ask away using #AsktheVetVideo! If your question gets selected to be in one of our Ask the Vet videos, you win a SmartPak gift card! How awesome is that!? Make sure to SUBSCRIBE so that you know when the next episode comes out – your question may be featured!

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet individual topics playlist
How to take equine vital signs
Ask the Vet – What should I have in my first aid kit?
Ask the Vet – What first aid should all horse owners know?
Ask the Vet – What to know before you own a horse
Equine Pre-Purchase Exams
Ask the Vet blogs
Horse Health Library Videos
Ask the Vet form

Questions answered in this episode:
1. My horse has very sensitive skin, like so sensitive that if I use too much pressure with a curry comb he looks like he has hives. He never flinches or shows any discomfort when being groomed and the bumps don’t seem to bother him, but they last for about 30-40 minutes. Is there anything that I can do to help him?
2. Should there be a concern of stripping the natural oils of the fur while grooming? I know bathing too often can dry out the coat and skin, but can you over-groom in a way that strips the coat, as well? I’m a bit of a religious groomer, but I don’t want to be negatively affecting my horse.
3. What should you know before buying your first horse? Also, your videos are wonderful!
4. This one is for you Dr. Lydia Gray! A horse’s poop can tell us humans a lot about the horse’s health. So I am wondering what should we look for in the appearance of the poop? And when should we worry if the poop looks abnormal? Also, how much should a horse poop in one day?
5. Feeding oats: the do’s and don’ts. What are the benefits/downsides of feeding them? My grandparents fed them as I was growing up, and all of their horses were top performers and never had any issues. I still currently feed them and like the benefits of being more natural. My horses are also on free choice loose minerals along with free choice hay and pasture (weather permitting).

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Ask the Vet needs your questions for our April 2018 video! - YouTube

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We know you have horse health questions, and we want to help! Each month, SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director, will answer questions submitted by you – our loyal subscribers, followers, fans, and friends – so we need your questions!

In addition to the comments section on this blog post, you can submit your questions on any of our social media channels using #AsktheVetVideo, including on our custom Ask the Vet form. We’ll be accepting questions for our April 2018 video until March 8, 2018. Then we’ll let you vote here on our blog, Twitter, and on YouTube for the questions that you want answered! If your question gets voted to be answered, you win a SmartPak Gift Card! Check out our blog post for more details.

Good luck, and have a great ride!

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Ask the Vet - Corn oil, wolf teeth, joint supplements, and more! - February 2018 - YouTube

You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about corn oil, removing wolf teeth, ways to cool down your horse after a hard ride in the winter, when to start joint supplements, the different types of colic, and way more!

Have some of your own questions? Ask away using #AsktheVetVideo on social media or just ask it in the comments section of this blog post! If your question gets selected to be in one of our Ask the Vet videos, you win a SmartPak gift card! How awesome is that!? If your question was answered in this video, reach out to us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and let us know! We’ll get your gift card out to you as soon as we can!

Make sure to SUBSCRIBE so that you know when the next episode comes out – your question may be featured!

Questions answered in this episode:
1. Is corn oil good for horses? I’ve seen people put corn oil in their horses’ feed, what are its benefits?
2. Is removing wolf teeth necessary? When should it be done?
3. What are good ways to cool down a horse in the winter after a hard ride so they don’t colic or get chilly over night?
4. For joint supplements, should you give them starting at a particular age or type/intensity of activity? How do you determine whether or not to give supplements and what type?
5. What is the difference between regular colic and impaction colic? Is one more bad than the other?

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet BONUS EPISODE – Rehabbing an OTTB, fecal tests, yoga and more! – January 2018
Ask the Vet individual topics playlist
Horse dental care
Colic Risk Quiz
Learn more about ColiCare from SmartPak
How to take equine vital signs
Ask the Vet blogs
Horse Health Library Videos
Ask the Vet form

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Submit your horse health questions for the March 2018 #AsktheVetVideo - YouTube

We know you have horse health questions, and we want to help! Each month, SmartPaker Sarah and Dr. Lydia Gray, SmartPak’s Staff Veterinarian and Medical Director, will answer questions submitted by you – our loyal subscribers, followers, fans, and friends – so we need your questions!

Submit the horse health questions that you have below in the comments for our March 2018 video until February 8, 2018 using #AsktheVetVideo. Then we’ll let you vote right back here on our blog for the questions that you want answered! If your question gets voted into the Top 5 and gets answered in our video, you win a SmartPak Gift Card! Check out our blog post for more details.

Good luck, and have a great ride!

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Ask the Vet – Liniment vs poultice, minor skin wounds, EPM, Lyme, Wobblers, and more! – October 2017 - YouTube

 

You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about fruits and vegetables that are safe for your horse, the difference between liniment and poultice, signs that your horse is ready to retire, how to treat minor skin wounds, the differences between Wobblers, EPM, and Lyme, and way more!

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet monthly video playlist
Ask the Vet individual topics playlist
Horse Health Library Videos
Equine Neurological Exams, featuring Dr. Andy Kaneps
Ask the Vet form

Have some of your own questions? Ask away using #AsktheVetvideo! If your question gets selected to be in one of our Ask the Vet videos, you win a SmartPak gift card! How awesome is that!? If your question was answered in this video, reach out to us at CustomerCare@SmartPak.com and let us know! We’ll get your gift card out to you as soon as we can!

Make sure to SUBSCRIBE so that you know when the next episode comes out – your question may be featured!

Questions answered in this episode:
1. I love giving my horse special treats, so I was wondering what kind of fruits and vegetables are safe to feed your horse?
2. What is the difference between liniments and poultices? Is one stronger than the other? Are there different types of liniments and poultices? Is it required to use paper, plastic wrap, or bandages with liniments and poultices? Also, does climate or weather affect the effectiveness of liniments and poultices? Also, thank you for “changing the world four hoofs at a time!”.
3. What are some signs that your horse needs to retire? What type of lifestyle can you create for a retired horse if you don’t have grass pastures?
4. My 10-year old thoroughbred gelding loves to goof off with his buddies and is a bit on the accident prone side, so he always seems to come in from the paddock with a new nick, bite, or scrape. Although I don’t treat every little injury, I have used everything from Hay Where’s That Blue Stuff to Vetericyn spray to Fura-Zone to triple antibiotic cream on some of the bigger ones – honestly, whatever I happen to have lying around at the time. Most of the time I am more concerned with keeping the wound moist so it can heal naturally without scarring (and keep bugs and dirt out). However, I never really know what I should be using or if it even helps. What is your favorite product or recommendation for how to treat these minor injuries? When is it appropriate to use antibiotic cream vs a spray? Are there any products I should avoid? Charlie and I thank you in advance!
5. What is the difference between Wobblers, EPM, and Lyme?

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