Harmany Equine Clinic
Phone: (540) 229-1855
1214 North Poes Rd
Flint Hill, VA 22627

Ask Dr. Harman: How to Handle a Cribber

Q. I have a horse that has severe cribbing problems. The only way we have been able to get her to eat is to place her in the round pen. Do you have any recommendations? A. Cribbing can originate for many reasons. It can be inherited (or learned from the Mom), but often occurs from […]

Vitamin E

Vitamin E levels in horses tend to be low when they do not have good access to green grass. When there is a drought, pastures that are normally green are poor quality and the hay is poorer quality than usual. Vitamin E deficiency has been liked to several serious equine diseases and may be linked […]

Spring grass is coming—is your horse ready?

Lush, spring grass is just around the corner. While the horses will be chomping at the bit to start grazing, any horse person will tell you that it’s imperative to manage a horse’s time on the green stuff. For horses with metabolic issues, management is even more important. The reason is simple. Insulin allows glucose, […]

Chronic Lyme Disease In The Horse

This is long and technical article, but contains much useful information to help you recognize and treat this debilitating condition. Many veterinarians are unfamiliar with this disease, especially in parts of the country where it is uncommon. Others do not believe it is a problem. The truth is that this is a serious, widespread disease […]

Natural Treatment For Laminitis

Summary Chronic laminitis can be a very difficult disease to treat, however, by using natural treatments, the success rate increases significantly. Treating these horses involves a combination of many alternative and complementary modalities including acupuncture, herbs, homeopathy and, the most important o f all, nutrition. This article will cover some of the basic treatments used […]

Summer Grass Isn’t Dangerous, Right?

Dr. Joyce Harman offers tips to keep your horse healthy during summer grazing There’s no denying that summer is here, bringing with it the changing responsibilities of a horse owner. You might change out troughs more often to keep your horse’s water cool and fresh, or you might cold hose him on those brutal July […]

Ask Dr. Harman: How to Deal with a Bully Horse

Question: My horses are pastured with a large Thoroughbred that has back shoes on. He is very aggressive and tries to herd his buddy away from my two guys by biting and kicking at them. It’s a small area for four horses. I spoke to the owner, but she doesn’t seem to care since it […]

Hay information

During a drought, hay quality often becomes poor, the availability of it is reduced and the cost goes up. Hay may be brought from other countries or other areas of the United States. During extremely wet conditions, the same facts are true, but with the added issue of mold in improperly cured hay. A recent […]

Quick Tip for Halter, Muzzle Rubs

If you are using a muzzle or crib collar and your horsefs skin is irritated in the hot weather, or anytime, cover the offending parts with real sheepskin. You can get halter covers and adapt them to the shape you need. The real sheepskin will breath and not mat when it gets wet and oily. […]

Getting Swished in the Face

Have you ever had the annoyance of getting swished in the face with a well-aimed equine tail? This simple solution will earn you brownie points with your farrier, veterinarian, tail braider and many other helpful people who would like to keep their skin and eyes intact. All you need is a hair clip or clamp […]

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