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Quote of the day
A horse can lend its rider the speed and strength he or she lacks, but the rider who is wise remembers it is no more than a loan.Pam Brown
Today's glossary term
Bending of a joint or limb.
Tip of the day
Many endurance trail riders have their farrier use a leather or plastic pad to prevent cutting or penetration of the sole or frog by rocks, glass and nails.
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Recent health center articles
Learn about the 5 different types of shock that occur in horses. Your preparation could help save a horse's life in the case of shock.
For the safety of all concerned, including the horse, proper restraining methods must be used when a sick horse needs treatment. Read to learn more about the types of restraints to determine what will work best with your horse.
The horse is one of the most impressive natural athletes in the world. It's innate ability is largely due to a specialized circulatory system that, along with the respiratory system, can accommodate the large oxygen demands of the muscles in an exercising horse.
Learn about different kinds of eye injuries in horses and the importance of prompt treatment by a veterinarian to prevent serious damage to the horse's vision.
Although no general article can address the costs of a farrier in a particular area, learn about the value of a farrier's services and the support a competent farrier gives to maintaining soundness in your horse by keeping hooves and lower limbs balanced and free from problems that could lead to lameness.
Keeping a horse's weight up during the cold winter months can be a challenge. Equine nutritionist Juliet Getty, Ph.D. offers sound advice to help you keep your horse in proper trim during the winter months.
By Mark Sellers
Deciding to breed your mare is an exciting proposition. Before starting, here are some facts that you should know. Knowing the costs upfront help you make the best decision.