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
A colt you may break, but an old horse you never can.French Proverb
Today's glossary term
Typically thin leather straps connected to either side of the bit or hackamore and held in the rider's hands. Used for guidance and control.
Tip of the day
Protect your horses from grain induced founder. Keep your grain stores in locked containers or a room inaccessible to horses that may escape their stalls at night.
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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”Your horse can learn new things about being mounted and instead of being nervous and fidgety, he will learn that standing still and cooperating is worthwhile and will bring rewards.”
By Jacob Butler
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Read to learn three ways behavior can work for you in training your horse when you tune into its reactions, attitudes, and need for the right amount of exercise.