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
There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor and the other is patience.John Lyons
Today's glossary term
A soft moist mass applied hot to an area of soreness to reduce pain and inflammation.
Tip of the day
Horses lose large quantities of minerals in the sweat during prolonged or intense exercises. Prevent an imbalance by providing a mineral source designed for horses.
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- What is a hoof abscess? How do I know if my horse has an abscess?
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- How do I identify hoof cracks and what is the best way to care for them?
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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?
- 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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