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 control a young horse unless you control yourself.Megan
Today's glossary term
The heavily muscled part on each side of the animal, that joins the front legs to the body.
Tip of the day
A horse that is only caught or touched when it is time to work frequently becomes hard to catch. Visit your horse frequently for just a pat, scratch or treat and she will be much easier to catch when it is time to work.
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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Recent health center articles
By News Editor
This article discusses your horse's natural dietary needs, giving you the information you need to develop a healthy and complete feeding program for your horse.
Horses do not usually develop cavities in their teeth. Instead, dental infections usually begin at the root of the tooth and are often preceded by gum infection which leads to an abscess.
"When feeding a horse with no teeth or with very severe tooth damage, feed a slurry of complete pelleted feed and/or mashed alfalfa pellets, and add in some long stemmed soft leafy alfalfa hay because horses without teeth will still want to chew on fiber.”
By Miriam Rieck
Over the years, researchers have thoroughly investigated the evolution of horses and determined that the way horses live in the wild can serve as a guide for caring for domesticated horses.
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By Karen Briggs
A "hard-keeper" is a horse that needs special attention in order to maintain adequate weight, especially during the cold winter months. Learn the 8 things you can do to maintain your horse's weight. If you have a "hard-keeper" this article is for you.