Horse Health Matters®
- First in a series of articles about basic conformation
- Form and function - See a variety of horse types
- Getting the right horse for your equestrian goals
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Horse health essentials
Quote of the day
A western horse has guts and commitment, an English horse has grace and elegance, but my horse has it all.Author Unknown
Today's glossary term
A soft vibrating noise made by a horse with its mouth closed. Used in greeting other horses or humans, as well as by a mare to signal the foal or a stallion when excited.
Tip of the day
Small grooming clippers ($100-$200) are preferred by professional grooms for clipping a horse's face and legs. For body clipping, large heavy-duty clippers ($200+) are required.
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- 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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