Anatomy 101

Just a quick lesson in anatomy today.. this is a handy chart to study and memorize! Note that some bones have alternate names. Veterinarians tend to say P1,2,3 (for Phalanx 1,2,3)  instead of pastern and pedal. The pedal bone is also known as the coffin...
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Is Your Horse Not Wanting to go Downhill?

When a normally enthusiastic trail horse is reluctant to go downhill it’s a clue something is wrong physically – so states an aritcle in Equus Febrauary 2016 magazine. Negotiating a hill requires a horse to coordinate many areas of the body. A problem in any of them can cause a horse to balk at going down hill. It could signal Navicular Syndrome or Ringbone due to the weight shifting...
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Vaccination – Risk vs Reward

It’s the time of year when thoughts turn to ‘spring vaccinations’ for our horses. We want to protect them from possible life-threatening diseases and keep them healthy. But we also hear about vaccine reactions ranging from painful swellings to more severe reactions, including death. It all can be confusing and overwhelming with so much information and differences of opinion. Personally, I think...
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Carrot Stretch Exercise

        Do you stretch your horse daily? Just before riding? It’s important to have an exercise regimen to keep your horse in good condition. The graphic below shows how to do carrot stretches which help with suppleness and strength. Add this stretch to your horse’s exercise regimen today and let us know your results!    ...
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What is Missing in this Photo?

  Above is Dr. Debra and her friend/riding partner, Cathy, on a recent endurance ride. Did you catch something wrong here? If you realized that Dr. Debra forgot her helmet, you are correct! Horseback riding carries a higher injury rate per hour of exposure than downhill ski racing, football, hang-gliding, and motorcycle racing.   Fortunately, Dr. Debra also realized what she had forgotten and...
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Defi, The Cart Horse

This handsome guy is in his 20’s and still riding strong, thanks to his wonderful owner for making sure he receives optimal care! Is your horse getting quality care in all areas? Contact us for more information –...
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