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
You can't teach experience.Ray Hunt
Today's glossary term
A wool or synthetic blanket that is placed between the saddle and the equine's back. Used to prevent chafing and to better secure the saddle from slipping.
Tip of the day
If you use a cross tie, use a break-away link for safety. Also, quick-release halter snaps are recommended. Never leave a cross-tied horse unattended.
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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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