QUESTION 1: A horse is known to be colicking, and is laying down quietly in his stall. Do you
A) Get him up immediately and begin walking.
B) Offer more food and water in case he can flush the blockage out.
C) Allow him to rest as long as he lays quietly.
QUESTION 2: What is the purpose of the frog of the hoof?
A) Cushion the hoof upon landing.
B) It has no purpose. It is a vestigial structure.
C) Push blood back up into the leg.
D) Both A and C.
QUESTION 3: Which of the following hay types contains the highest digestible energy (assuming it contains the maximum it can)?
B) Tall Fescue
D) A and C are equal in energy levels, and greater than B.
QUESTION 4: Choke is the obstruction of the horse's trachea.
QUESTION 5: Which of the following animals is the most common host of EPM?
QUESTION 6: Which of the following plants can cause a horse to "appear blind and press his head against the wall" and eventually cause death?
B) Deadly Nightshade
QUESTION 7: A horse's body contains what (estimated) percentage of water?
QUESTION 8: How many teeth does a mare have?
QUESTION 9: Equine Cushing's disease is caused by a benign tumor on the thyroid gland.
B) false, the tumor is somewhere else
C) false, there is no tumor
QUESTION 10 (final question): Which of the following is your horse?
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ANSWER TO QUESTION 1: C, Allow him to rest as long as he lays quietly. I put this question up as a bit of a test. Common practice with colic is to walk and walk and walk under the assumption that if a horse goes down his intestines will twist and he will subsequently require surgery or be euthanized. The problem is, this endless walking (sometimes for many, many hours at a time) exhausts the horse even further as he is already in pain, and can make dealing with colic even more difficult for his body. If he is laying quietly, it is best to allow him to rest. Remember that horses roll in the field without twisting their intestines, so they have to thrash quite violently in order to do so. Just laying down and resting will not hurt your horse, and can, in fact, help him.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 2: D, The frog cushions the hoof and pumps blood back up the leg.'
ANSWER TO QUESTION 3: C, Alfalfa
ANSWER TO QUESTION 4: B, False. The obstruction is in the esophagus, and only carries to the trachea in the most extreme of cases. This is why horses can still breathe while they are choking.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 5: B, Opossum.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 6: A, Ragwort.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 7: D, 65%
ANSWER TO QUESTION 8: D, 36 teeth.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 9: False, the tumor is located on the pituitary gland.
ANSWER TO QUESTION 10: Horses are non-ruminant herbivores, meaning they have only one stomach.