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 barn isn't a barn if there are no horses in it.Author Unknown
Today's glossary term
Dynamic mobilization exercises
A form of passive exercise using a "bait" to encourage the horse to flex and stretch particular areas of their anatomy.
Tip of the day
Hair growing in and around the horse's ears protects against frostbite in the winter and prevents gnats and biting flies from getting in the ears in the summer. Unless required for show purposes, don't trim the ear hair.
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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