EQUUS - - In Brief -

Very few young horses have prob­lems with enteroliths, per­haps be­cause of the time it takes them to form in the equine gut. “In the cases we see, it’s pretty rare to find stones in horses un­der the age of 7 or 8 years old,” says Troy Herthel, DVM, DACVS-LA, staff sur­geon at Alamo Pin­tado Equine Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Los Olivos, Cal­i­for­nia. “It’s more a prob­lem of mid­dle-aged to older horses. The stones prob­a­bly start form­ing early on but do not get large enough to cause prob­lems un­til the horse is about 7 or 8. The youngest horse we sur­gi­cally re­moved stones from was a 3 or 4 year old.”

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