Horse Health Matters®
- A common cause of severe lameness
- How to prevent, and how to recognize
- By Jacob Butler, certified journeyman farrier
- Read the article
Horse health essentials
Quote of the day
A stubborn horse walks behind you, an impatient horse walks in front of you, but a noble companion walks beside you. Author Unknown
Today's glossary term
The muscular upper portion of a horses tail where the hair is rooted.
Tip of the day
A common veterinary bill results from horses pastured in a wire fenced field. High tensil and barbed wire fences lack visibility. An excited or frightened horse may run into or through the fence leading to injury. Replace one or more wires with high visibility "poly-tape" to improve visibility.
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- What is a hoof abscess? How do I know if my horse has an abscess?
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- How do I help my horse's dry cracked feet?
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- My horse eats free-choice hay but she is getting fat. What should I do?
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You go to feed your horse and he is standing in the far corner of the paddock. You notice a very pronounced limp as he walks to his feeder. Did he break a bone, pull a ligament or suffer a sprain? Nope - he has a hoof abscess.