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FAQs – Equine Care at Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital

The team at Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital wants to make sure that all of your equine care questions are answered. We understand that you care about your horse and want to know all you can about their health needs. Click on your question below to reveal our answer. If you still have questions, or if you don’t see your question listed, please contact our team and we’ll be happy to help.

How can I determine whether my horse needs dental care?

When your horse needs dental care, there may be a number of signs and symptoms identified. These dental symptoms may include:

  • Reluctance to eat
  • Inability to hold food or dropping food while chewing, also known as “quidding”
  • Excessive chewing
  • Bad breath
  • Drooling while eating
  • Weight loss, even with proper nutrition
  • Fighting the bit and slinging head while bridled
  • …and more

How can I tell whether my horse is healthy?

The team at Green’s Creek Veterinary Hospital provides a complete list of areas to check to determine the health and well-being of your horse. We will help you examine your horse by checking:

  • Body shape
  • Legs
  • Stance
  • Walk
  • Ears
  • Coat
  • Skin
  • Gums
  • Mood
  • …and more
Two vets with a horse: Equine FAQs in Dublin

What is lameness in a horse?

When a horse has been diagnosed with lameness, this means that they are demonstrating some kind of abnormal stance of motion. Equine lameness may occur in the feet, legs, shoulders, or back. Lameness is usually more pronounced and noticeably worse during motion such as a walk, trot, or canter.

If I am considering purchasing a horse, how can I determine the health of the horse?

The team at Green’s Creek Veterinary Clinic provides pre-purchase examinations to help determine if a horse is healthy enough for purchase. Our veterinarians act as a neutral party between seller and purchaser, examining the horse’s eyes, ears, teeth, heart, abdomen, lungs, musculoskeletal system, and all joints by flexion.

If any abnormalities are noticed during these extensive exams, we may recommend blood work or x-rays to assist us in determining if the horse is sound for purchase.