Horse Health Matters®
- A common cause of severe lameness
- How to prevent, and how to recognize
- By Jacob Butler, certified journeyman farrier
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Horse health essentials
Quote of the day
Always be humble enough to learn something new. Otherwise, it's only a matter of time before your knowledge becomes outdated.Clinton Anderson
Today's glossary term
A bacterial pathogen that causes disease.
Tip of the day
Never reach down and grab a horse's leg. Start at the shoulder or hip, and slide your hand down the limb. In most cases, a gentle squeeze just above the fetlock will be enough to get the horse to lift its leg.
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- 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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