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    To Wrap or Not to Wrap - hoof health

    To Wrap or Not to Wrap - hoof health
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    To wrap or not to wrap a hoof; that is the question that plagues many when their horse blows an abscess, has a puncture wound, has Thrush or Yeast (or both). My general rule of thumb is... when in doubt, wrap the hoof.


    To wrap or not to wrap a hoof; that is the question that plagues many when their horse blows an abscess, has a puncture wound, has Thrush or Yeast (or...

    Pain in the .... Ahem - Heels! Navicular Syndrome in Horses

    Pain in the .... Ahem - Heels! Navicular Syndrome in Horses
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    Does your horse have heel pain? Do you fear navicular issues? Your hoof care provider and hoof trim can help!
    Sometimes we tell people, or our critters, that they are a pain in the you-know-what. But today I want to talk about the 'pain-in-the-heels' horses. Or, horses that have heel...

    Heel first

    Heel first
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    What some brush off as minor mood swings, laziness, or “just too tired to move” could be clear indications that your horse is unbalanced in the hoof, causing a domino effect of stiffness, sharp pains or long-term soundness complications.
    What's the first thing you check when something is off with your horse? They’re not acting like themselves, are acting a little more crabby than usual and aren’t too keen...

    Thrush and More

    Thrush and More
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    Yeast infections are the "more" of this article, and I see more of it than I'd certainly like to see and mostly it goes undiagnosed and untreated. What can happen is that the "mystery" lameness perpetuates and has even ended in premature euthanasia of the horse. 
    My last article I wrote was on "Thrush, White Line Disease and more ..." In the article, I discussed, briefly, how yeast can invade horses' hooves making them lame. Yeast...

    Thrush, White Line and More

    Thrush, White Line and More
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    Thrush, White Line Disease and Yeast are an ongoing issue in areas that are warm and wet much of the time. These hoof conditions CAN be prevented with an equine appropriate diet of complex carbs (plants and forages), a lifestyle that allows for plenty of exercise over varied ground/terrain and allowances for 24/7 self-grazing/feeding. They can also be prevented with proper hoofcare where the hooves are balanced and in correct form for the hooves-in-hand on the horse-in-hand.
    What's the difference between white line disease, thrush and yeast in between the heel bulbs? Briefly we'll discuss the difference between these conditions and how to tell what is what....

    Booting to Assist Soft Tissue Rehabilitation

    Booting to Assist Soft Tissue Rehabilitation
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    Because Rudy needed something on his feet to absorb concussion and allow his suspensory ligament to heal, he began to wear his Scoots twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. 
    All horses have a unique talent when it comes to hurting themselves, even if the people in charge of caring for them take every measure to keep them safe. It's remarkable. And...

    How Hoof Health Affects Arthritis of the Joints

    How Hoof Health Affects Arthritis of the Joints
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    Did you know that the horse's hoof health can directly impact the health of the horse's joints throughout his body? 
    Do you have a horse with arthritis? (also known as Degenerative Joint Disease/DJD) Do your horse's joints appear to hurt? Or does your horse have inflamed joints? Did you know...

    The Complete Guide to Uncomplicated Abscess Care

    The Complete Guide to Uncomplicated Abscess Care
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    Summer is here in the northern hemisphere and winter in the southern hemisphere! And even though most northerners are enjoying sunny days and a warm breeze, others are still feeling...

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