Horse Health Matters®
- A common cause of severe lameness
- How to prevent, and how to recognize
- By Jacob Butler, certified journeyman farrier
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Horse health essentials
Quote of the day
The biggest troublemaker you'll ever have to deal with watches you shave his face in the mirror every morning.Cowboy Wisdom
Today's glossary term
Point of buttock
The rearmost point of the haunch at the point of the ischium bone.
Tip of the day
Horses are seasonally polyestrous. The breeding season normally starts soon after the spring equinox, and finishes soon after the autumnal equinox.
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- What is a hoof abscess? How do I know if my horse has an abscess?
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- I have two horses in my small herd of 5 that don't get along. What can I do?
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- My horse eats free-choice hay but she is getting fat. What should I do?
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