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hoof care


checking your horse's digital pulses

A bounding pulse in your horse’s digital artery can be a warning sign of pain or inflammation in the hoof. Learn how to find and assess his digital pulses. Your horse is lame or unwell. You call your farrier or vet, and one of the questions he asks is, “How are the digital pulses?” Do …

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Just as summer’s high heat and humidity have their challenges, the chill of winter also requires some extra horse care strategies. These five basic tips will help ensure optimal winter wellness for your horse. 1. Provide plenty of fiber and fat in the diet. Free-choice grass hay promotes essential digestive movement and also generates more …

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horse running arthritis

Integrative options for preventing and treating arthritis. We’ve all heard the saying, “It is often easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.” While this might be true in some areas of life, joint health is not one of them. Striving to prevent arthritis in our horses should be the main goal. In Part …

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rehab soundness

Lameness issues benefit from the healing capacity of nature and time. A large percentage of horses that end up in rescues have soundness issues. On the surface, this may seem like something that greatly limits any possibility of re-homing them. But this is not necessarily the case. Soundness Takes Time When people give up on a …

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winter hoof care

Being knee deep in mud and snow can be a challenge to your horse. Here are some tips on proper hoof care for the season. Fall is here. Winter is near. For many, these seasons mean falling leaves and mud, and eventually snow, ice and frozen ground. As a barefoot trimmer, I often get asked about …

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identifying hoof soreness

Does your horse seem sore? For answers, look first to these two main problem areas. When your horse starts to look “off”, pinpointing the root cause can be challenging. Luckily for us, there are not quite as many real problems as the touted solutions available for them. For the astute horse owner, proper horse care involves …

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trimmer

The professionals who look after our horses are integral to their health and happiness, so you want to keep them happy too! Here’s how to be a top client for your trimmer. If you’ve ever wondered what your trimmer looks for in a client, what would make his/her day go a little smoother, or put …

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horse feed

Can you tell when your horse’s feed is no longer suitable for him to eat? Recognizing the signs of spoilage, and taking steps to prevent it, will save you both a lot of grief. If you’ve ever unearthed a moldy container of gravy or stew at the back of your fridge, then you know how …

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feeding program

Is your feeding program really doing what you think it is? You need to know what certain time-honored feeding practices might be out of date. What to feed? What not to feed? That is indeed the question in the horse world – and in the human world as well. Many of us remember when nutritionists …

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hoof interference

Do your horse’s hooves hit one another when he’s moving forward? Interference is a manmade problem that can be corrected using a natural hoofcare approach. No one likes interference. In terms of equine health, interference refers to the hooves colliding with one another or with the legs above the hoof. There are as many types …

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