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
When buying a horse take care not to fall in love with him, you are no longer in a condition to judge his imperfections.Pam Brown
Today's glossary term
A gathering of livestock.
Tip of the day
A release of pressure rewards a horse and is the foundation of training. Timing is very important. The release should occur within 1/2 second of the desired response for best effectiveness.
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- What is a hoof abscess? How do I know if my horse has an abscess?
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- 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?
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- My horse eats free-choice hay but she is getting fat. What should I do?
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