Author Archives: Dr. David Ramey

7 Deworming Myths That Have Been Debunked

For decades, horse owners have been regularly deworming horses—with an almost messianic zeal—under the general rationale that all parasites are terrible and horse owners must do everything that they can...

Let’s Talk X-Rays

If you’ve been around horses for any length of time (usually measured in minutes), you’ve probably heard that a horse needs X-rays (hopefully, it wasn’t yours).   And while you...

Cold Weather Care

Although southern California is a pretty balmy place in which to keep a horse, not everyone is so lucky.  Fortunately, while wintertime means that people are breaking out the down...

The Problem with Overdiagnosis

I ran across a thought-provoking article in the November 2014 edition of the human medical journal, Pediatrics. ASIDE: Yes, I have other things to do. The article is called, “Overdiagnosis:...

7 Rules for Buying a Horse

I have had the opportunity to conduct a lot of presale/prepurchase exams. You know, the exam that you’re almost obliged to schedule prior to making one of the most important...

Ulcers (Are Giving Me Ulcers)

I think that it was somewhere in the late 1980s that I first heard that horses got stomach ulcers. It was interesting—curious, actually—to find out that horses had ulcer problems...

A Honey of a Wound Treatment

There’s something really sweet that you might want to consider putting on your horse’s wound. Literally:  sweet. You may have some in your kitchen—honey. Honey is being investigated for its...

Bute, Dex, and Risk

Dogma has always been a curious phenomenon to me. In the horse world, people often get dogmatic, from the “best” way to feed a horse, to the “proper” way to...

When It’s Time

One of the hardest decisions that a horse owner will ever have to make is deciding when a horse’s time is over. I want to talk to you about it....

The Equine Microbiome

What with all of the products out there to help “support” your horse’s gastrointestinal system, I thought it might be fun to share some thoughts and research with my friend...

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