The Trouble With Foxtails

Foxtail are mature seed head that are found in some types of mature grasses that can burrow into a horse's mouth. Acting the same way a plastic anchor does in drywall, the foxtail then can't be easily removed, as the barbs prevent it from being easily removed. 

While seemingly benign, horses can eat foxtail found in their hay, and then develop significant ulcers of the mouth, tongue, or lip. Your horse may go off feed after a while as it's painful to eat and chew with a sensitive ulcer being resolved.

How can you help your horse? If you're feeding mature, late season hay, you may see foxtail in the bale. Watch out for those - your best option is to not feed that hay. While not completely realistic, you can try to remove any you can see. Some signs of a foxtail ulceration include an odor from the mouth, difficulty chewing, excessive salivating, and frothing of the mouth. If your horse has already gone off their hay and you suspect foxtail embedded in their mouth, simply stop feeding that hay, and let your horse's body handle the rest. You may, if necessary, use very diluted chlorohexadine rinse to assist in the healing. 

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Itchy Equines

Summertime brings eager mosquitoes and gnats that "bug" (get it?) all humans and equines, but some horses are a little more affected than others. This equine had welts from his stomach all the way to his ears, and everywhere in between. Some horses just have extreme sensitivities to those mosquitoes and gnats.

It's tough to see here, but you may notice that this welt covered horse is spared on his hind end. Typically, you'll see that even those most sensitive horses don't have welts on their hindquarters. Why is that? Their tail, of course. A horse's tail is designed to keep irritating bugs from biting, and they are great at their job (if not wrapped).

How can you help protect the rest of your horse? There are a few strategies. You can, of course, keep them inside at dawn and dusk (prime insect feeding time) until October. We realize that this is unrealistic for many, but there you have it. Fly sheets can be used as a physical barrier from bugs, and are effective. Fly sprays have varying effectiveness, but are worth a try. And finally, for extreme cases, antihistamines and steroids can be prescribed by your veterinarian to reduce your equine's reaction.

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Merial + BI Rebate Updates

Merial has always had great rebates for their Gastrogard and Ulcergard, but now you can get more money back than ever, and easier than ever!

Merial/BI's Merial Awards XPRESS Program is a three step process.

  1. Head to this website, set up your account and enroll in the program
  2. Check your email for the link to download the app on your smartphone, and log in to your Merial Awards XPRESS account.
  3. Use the app and your smart phone to scan your invoice and barcode and submit it for a rebate.

Your rebate will be sent to you as a refillable Visa Prepaid Card. No more mailing in the receipt along with a lengthy form! To the right are Merial's current offers. You can submit receipts from all the way back through 2017 - get them in fast! This is an easy way to make some cash back on these products.

 

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10th Anniversary Celebration

Join Us!

We are very excited to cordially invite you to our 10th Anniversary Celebration!

Who: Everyone is invited to join us - friends, current clients, old clients, acquaintances, and friends we haven't met yet.

What: We'll have appetizers, cake, beer/wine and sodas for your enjoyment (while supplies last). We're celebrating ten years of caring for horses in and around Dane County.

Where: The Michigan Room in the Clarion Suites at the Alliant Energy Center. The Clarion is on the Alliant Energy Center Campus, attached to the Exhibition Hall via a connected, indoor walkway. Go to the end of the lobby of the Exhibition Hall, and you'll see the hallway which connects directly to the Clarion. You do NOT need to be attending the Midwest Horse Fair in order to join us! If you are not attending MHF, simply park at the Clarion and come inside.

When: We'll be gathering from 2:30pm - 6:30pm on Saturday, April 21st. We'll be there the entire time, and will close up right before the rodeo. 

If you have questions, give us a call at 608-845-6006 or email us at Info@IrongateEquine.com

Everything You Need to Know About Laminitis

Everything You Need to Know About Laminitis

Laminitis can be defined as inflammation of the laminae that anchor the coffin bone within the hoof capsule. 

Another term that may be encountered in discussions about laminitis is founder, which refers to the rotational and downward movement of the coffin bone within the hoof capsule. This sometimes occurs in severe cases of laminitis due to the breakdown of these crucial laminar attachments.