Horse Health Matters®
- Use proper techniques to minimize the chances of a vaccination reaction
- Learn about common and rare vaccination reactions
- Practical advice from a veterinarian, related by well known author Heather Smith Thomas
- Read the article
Horse health essentials
Quote of the day
He usually knows when you're happy, he usually knows when you're sad, but he always knows when you have carrots!Unknown
Today's glossary term
The distance between consecutive steps of a given foot. One stride is completed with the movement of all four feet.
Tip of the day
While humans sense of smell is inferior to many animals (including horses), pay attention to unusual smells around your horse and in your barn. Disease and disease causing conditions are often denoted by a bad smell.
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- 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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Recent health center articles
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Club feet result from genetic and environmental conditions. When noticed and treated early, the farrier or veterinarian can greatly improve the prospect of normal hoof development.
Bell boots, splint boots, polo wraps - learn what these protective boots can do to protect your horse during exercise, training and in the arena.
Vaccinations should be a part of routine horse healthcare, under the supervision of a veterinarian. You can reduce the chances of reactions by following with advice in this excellent article by Heather Smith Thomas.
An effective equine vaccination program always begins with a discussion with your veterinarian and why the risk factors in your particular area of the country are important in scheduling vaccinations. These horse vaccination guidelines provide a "best practices" summary for the horse owner.
Equine nutritionist Juliet Getty is a strong advocate for natural, free-choice feeding of horses. A common concern is that the horse will become overweight. Juliet addresses this concern in this ask-the-expert article.
Checking your horse's mouth during daily once-overs can catch problems before they affect your horse's ability to eat. Learn how to go about checking your horse's teeth without risks to your hands and fingers..