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
The hardest part of barrel racing is the ground.Brooke
Today's glossary term
Summer sores affect the moist areas of the horse's head and body and are caused by the larvae of stomach worms
Tip of the day
Make sure that the rice bran or flaxseed meal that you feed your horse also contains added calcium to maintain a proper calcium/phosphorous ratio in the diet.
Ask the experts
- What is a hoof abscess? How do I know if my horse has an abscess?
- My horse is acting out. Is he stressed?
- How do I identify hoof cracks and what is the best way to care for them?
- Can I use clicker training with my horse?
- Is there a low cost way of getting my horse to gain some weight?
- How do you shoe a horse with a crooked leg?
- My mare pins her ears when I approach!
- Is an all-stock 12% protein feed mix safe for my horse?
- How do I help my horse's dry cracked feet?
- I have two horses in my small herd of 5 that don't get along. What can I do?
- My horse has a club foot. Can it be treated?
- I'm building a barn. How big should the stalls be?
- My horse eats free-choice hay but she is getting fat. What should I do?
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