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
It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.Stephen Leacock
Today's glossary term
A tough, rubbery structure on the bottom of the foot that acts as a shock absorber and assists blood circulation in the lower leg.
Tip of the day
Stable and standing bandages are used for support and pressure of the horse's lower legs after a hard workout. A standing bandage should have plenty of padding and must be pulled tight enough to reduce swelling, but not overly tight. Ask an experienced trainer to show you how to apply a standing bandage.
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- 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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