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Horse Hoof Pick How-To: Cleaning Horse Hooves

Horse Hoof Pick How-To:  Cleaning Horse Hooves

Horse hoof picking should be part of a daily grooming schedule. This practice can prevent horse hoof problems caused by impacted stones and other debris. It is also an important preventative measure for conditions such as equine thrush, a bacterial infection of the hoof that produces a black discharge and foul-smelling odor. With proper horse handling, cleaning horse hooves is an easy task. Horses who are not used to having their feet handled should … Read entire article »

Filed under: Grooming

Grease Heel, Mud Fever, and Scratches: Infection of the Pastern That Can Lead to Horse Lameness

Grease Heel, Mud Fever, and Scratches:  Infection of the Pastern That Can Lead to Horse Lameness

A horse may develop a painful infection on the back of its pastern. The pastern is the part of the leg just below the ankle joint and above the hoof. Poor pasture conditions or trauma to the pastern can contribute to grease heel. Grease heel is also known as “mud fever” and “scratches” for good reasons. Mud Fever Grease heel is also called mud fever because it is the result of muddy conditions. Mud gets caught in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equine Health

Equine Thrush: Preventing and Treating Thrush

Equine Thrush:  Preventing and Treating Thrush

Equine thrush is a bacterial infection in horses’ feet. A foul smell, especially while cleaning the horse’s feet, is an indicator of thrush. Horse hooves infected with thrush may have a black discharge on the bottom of the foot in middle – the part called the frog. Several species of bacteria cause thrush, although Fusobacterium necrophorum is the most common. F. necrophorum is found in the soil, including muddy pastures and stalls with manure and urine. … Read entire article »

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Thorough Horse Grooming for Spring Shedding

Thorough Horse Grooming for Spring Shedding

Lately, I’ve been currying out hair more than I’ve been riding. With the onset of the warmer weather and the longer days, my lawn has been sprinkled with the copper and white hairs shedding from my horse’s coat. After every grooming session, I find that my shirt is covered in several layers of hair. It gets a bit frustrating when it seems as though there is no end to all of the madness. It seems that … Read entire article »

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The Palomino Horse

The Palomino Horse

The most eye-catching item I’ve seen in the the show arena was a palomino horse dressed in a red saddle blanket and a light-colored western show saddle. The rider wore a matching red shirt with tan as his base color for his pants, hat, boots, and accessories. It was really a very simple looking horse of a light-golden color with a white mane and tail bouncing and flowing with every stride as its light-colored hooves shuffled … Read entire article »

Filed under: Colors

Danish Warmblood: Danish Sports Horse

Danish Warmblood:  Danish Sports Horse

In the 1960s, a stud book for the Danish Sports Horse, now known as the Danish Warmblood, was opened. The breed is a product of crossing mares of [usually] Frederiksborg/Thoroughbred origin with stallions of various breeds: Anglo-Norman, Thoroughbred, and Trakehner, as well as Polish horses, like those once generally known as Malapolski and Wielkopolski.1 The Danish Warmblood is naturally balanced and excels at dressage and cross country events. It has a quality head, a long, well … Read entire article »

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Equine Infectious Anemia

Equine Infectious Anemia

Equine infectious anemia is a disease among equines that is much like AIDS. It is a virus that attacks the immune system and destroys red blood cells causing anemia. The challenge with Equine Infectious Anemia is that it is easily transmitted from horse to horse, and can become an epidemic in stables. For this reason, annual testing is usually required for horses that are transported to different events. According to the Michigan Department of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Equine Health

Cutting and Pulling to Get The Perfect Mane

Cutting and Pulling to Get The Perfect Mane

It was two days before the show. My horse’s mane was long and shaggy and thicker towards the poll. I read earlier about how a “top pro” thinned and shortened the manes of her horses, but it was a two-week process. I had two days. I had to think quickly. I knew that I was going to have to cut it. I was disappointed to learn that I didn’t have thinning shears – a tool … Read entire article »

Filed under: Grooming

Feeding Grain: Horse Grain Should Be Fed in Moderation

Feeding Grain:  Horse Grain Should Be Fed in Moderation

Feeding horses is very expensive and requires a lot of care. It is very important to make sure the horse is getting enough hay, but not too much. Grain is good, not because it is always necessary, but because the horse loves grain and makes it happy. Grain is not a necessity to a horse’s diet unless it has special dietary needs. The primary purpose of grain is to provide the horse with the energy it … Read entire article »

Filed under: Nutrition

Arabian Horse Breeding and Its Influence

Arabian Horse Breeding and Its Influence

The magic of this ancient breed is reflected in its large, intelligent eyes. The Arabian breed has been around for so long that no one knows its origin. It is the purest breed of horse, today. Its uniqueness and beauty is the result of its adaptations to the desert. Many people favor this breed because it is easy to handle, strong, fast, and has a smooth gait and great endurance. Arabian Horse Breeding Arabians are intelligent and … Read entire article »

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