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Horses and Diseases – Five Critical Points on Hoof Abscesses

Do you want to learn about Hoof Abscesses? If yes, then this article is just the piece you need. Get concise information on this troubling Horse disease here.
Singular Term: Abscess
Plural Term: Abscesses
Definition
An abscess is a collection of pus trapped in a capsule in the tissues under the skin of horses.
A hoof abscess is an infection within the hoof in an area called the lamina [ more like the soles of horses' shoes]. The lamina consists of hard and soft sections, also known as the insensitive and sensitive lamina, respectively. The hard lamina is essentially the hoof capsule, and the soft lamina is the tissue that connects the hoof capsule to the bone, also known as …

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The Cost of Owning a Horse – How Much Training Do You Need?

The cost of owning a horse is high, so let’s see how much training you need – and who might be able to do that training. Let’s say that there are five different levels you can find yourself facing:
1) My horse is going to kill me today.
2) I believe my horse is going to hurt me the next time I ask for (a lope, a halt, fill in the blank).
3) My horse makes me nervous (when I’m on the trail and he sees something spooky, for instance).
4) When I try to (bathe the horse, bridle the horse, etc.) he gets really cranky.
5) I would like to improve my horse’s (lead departure, spin, etc.).
Number 1, My …

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Undernourished Horses

It is important to monitor your horses weight regularly, especially if he is prone to weight loss. A good way to monitor weight is with a weigh tape that can be purchased at most local tack shops or feed stores. If you use this tape at the same time each week it will be about 90% accurate and will let you know if there is any potential problems with your horse with weight loss being a symptom. There is also a thing called a weighbridge that your horse can walk up on to get an accurate weight, however these are not owned by most people as they are very expensive and only the large horse …

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Cleanliness And Your Horse’s Health

You might not believe it but one of the most important factors in how healthy your horse ends up being is his cleanliness. In order to have your horse live a very healthy life style, it needs to be able to maintain a life in which it is clean and in which it can have access to all of the things that can help it to be happy and healthy.
Make sure that you are providing your horse with plenty of room to run, and plenty of rest when he has been working. All of these things are important, but they are also impacted by one single factor – the cleanliness of the stable and your …

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