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Injuries, Wound Care, and Lameness

Now back to health, Cheyenne poses with her devoted owner, Jacki Moxley. Photo: Cindy HaleJacki Moxley has a lot to be thankful for. Her 11-year-old sorrel mare, Cheyenne, not only survived a traumatic injury that led to the loss...
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One of the most common causes of sudden-onset lameness in horses is an abscess.  These occur when bacteria invade a horse’s hoof, and the horse becomes lame when the infection reaches the sensitive structures of the foot.  Besides showing varying...
A lot of horses aren’t treated to a posh bed each night. Many spend much of their lives in dry paddocks or corrals, where the ground can be quite unforgiving. Over time, open sores can develop on the front...
When it comes to first aid preparedness, humans aren’t the only ones to consider. From scrapes to sprains, horses need emergency care, too. Experienced trail riders recommend assembling equine-friendly first aid kits and carry them in a saddlebag or...
Laminitis season is well underway, and some anxious owners are scrambling to find out what to do after they discover their horses have hot, tender feet from consuming too much grass. Proper treatment at the onset can prevent a mild...
A horse that over-reaches grabs the heels of his front feet with the toes of his hind feet. Often, a horse is predisposed to over-reaching due to a compact build and disproportionately long legs. Performance horses are also in...
When a horse won’t tolerate having his foot picked up, it’s not some quirky behavioral issue that you should learn to live with. For the horse’s own safety and his general well being, and the sanity of your farrier,...
If you suspect that laminitis (or founder, as it is known in layman’s terms) is to blame for your horse’s sudden lameness, call your veterinarian immediately. Then, follow this first-aid protocol while waiting for the vet’s arrival. As you...
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