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Healing White Line Disease with Solar Support

Using Solar Support to Aid Healing of White Line Disease by Tab Pigg Dampness can Lead to Fungus in the Hoof No matter the season, anytime wet conditions are present, bacteria and fungus can get trapped in a horse’s hoof wall. Similar to human toenails, once fungus and bacteria have set in, it’s very difficult to conquer. This combination of pathogens in the hoof wall is a recipe for White Line Disease. The Anatomy of White Line Disease When looking at the bottom of a horse’s hoof, there is a white line that divides the outside of the hoof wall and the sole. This part of the hoof is also known as stratum internum, which is the innermost part of the hoof wall, and attaches the wall to the underlying soft tissue. When bacteria and fungus get trapped within this area, the white line becomes wider as it separates, thus the name of this condition – White Line Disease. Depending on the severity, the horse can become lame because the infection causes the hoof wall to deteriorate. When a hoof is already unhealthy or compromised in any way, it’s more prone to infection. Once White Line Disease has set in, […]
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Help Horses Hooves – Attend Hands On Workshops with Vettec Reps

Are you interested in gaining some insight on techniques and a hands-on opportunity to apply hoof products? Vettec’s Reps Tab Pigg and Lynne Myers are leading hands-on clinics in Norman, Okla. and Social Circle, Ga. to teach shoeing techniques and options to equine professionals. I invite you to stop by to visit the workshops and share the experience with your viewers. Handbooks and product demos will be available for anyone who attends. Nature Farm Farrier Supply Tab will provide instruction on techniques in correcting angles, creating extensions and restoring distorted hoof capsules. He will also demonstrate how glue on shoes and point out techniques for success. Join Tab at Nature Farm Farrier Supply in Norman, Okla. on August 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration is free! Walk-ins are welcome. To register, visit www.vettec.com/vettec-hands-workshop-form Nature Farm Farrier Supply is located at: 3541 National Dr. Norman, OK 73069 For more information, visit www.naturefarmsfarriersupply.com The Hoof House At this hands-on workshop, Lynne will provide instruction on techniques in correcting angles, creating extensions and restoring distorted hoof capsules. She will also demonstrate how to customize boots to fit any foot as a backup for trim only clients. Lynne will provide many options […]
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How to save money caring for a horse

Horses are among the most costly and labor-consuming animals that you can have. Still, there are ways to save money and time. Some of this advice will help you save both and some, unfortunately, may be reached only by a compromise between time and money. Here are some ways to save expenses owning a horse… Buy food for your horse within your budget Try to buy the best horse feed that your budget allows. Buying the cheapest horse feed and hay could costs you more in the long run with an unhealthy or thin horse and vet bills. In order to get the best food of a high quality you should try to buy in bulk. The best way to do this is to buy along with a group of friends, who are also horse owners and live in your area. Make sure you have a good place to store this food where it will not get wet/damp, too hot, or allow rodents to get to it. Also not all horses need grain or expensive supplements. Learn more about equine nutritional needs and feed your horse what is best for him with his work load. Do not forget to care […]
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How Best to Manage Minimal Horse-Space

Taking care of horses is tough when you don’t have a lot of space. Not long ago I came across a prime example of this dilemma. As a riding instructor and horse-care consultant I make house-calls. One such call led me through the rolling green hills of the Palouse in Northern Idaho, out past the tiny town of Potlatch, to a house with three horses pastured on a total of about two acres of land. Certainly not enough to go on! The optimum space for a single horse is two acres. These horses were underfed with their ribs showing and they kept on escaping from the pasture.  The pasture grass had been grazed down to nothing and a lot of the area was just mud and manure. The electric fence was merely thin wires that, after shocking the horses one time, had stopped working.  Out north of the property there were lightly-forested hills and miles of grassland. What horse wouldn’t want to get out of the miserable, cramped quarters to get at the grass? I told the owners if they wanted to give their horses a better life they would need to take immediate action: they would need to maximize […]
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Help Your Horse Transition To Barefooted Comfortably

Vettec’s Sole-Guard Helps Horses Comfortably Transition to Unshod Fast-Setting Hoof Protectant Provides Durable, Shock Absorbent Support for Pregnant Mares OXNARD, CALIF. – MAR. 18, 2015 – As horses enter breeding season this spring, pregnant mares become less active while bearing extra weight from pregnancy. Tab Pigg, Vettec’s Farrier-at-Large, recommends that farriers and horse owners remove horseshoes during pregnancy and use pour-in pad materials during the time period without shoes. Vettec’s Sole-Guard product helps serve as a transitional material when going from shod to unshod hooves by providing extra support as the hooves acclimate to barefoot. Sole-Guard is a fast-setting, liquid urethane pour-in pad material providing durable support that retains its shape and flexibility indefinitely. It is designed for use without shoes and adheres to the sole sealing out moisture and debris, protecting both the frog and the sole. Sole-Guard stays bonded to the feet for 2-3 weeks when applied properly. “In comparison to humans, pregnancy for horses is like balancing all of a body’s weight on only fingernails.” Pigg adds. “Using a pour-in pad material like Vettec’s Sole-Guard, is a great way to acclimate horses from shod to unshod at any time of the year, but especially during pregnancy.” Sole-Guard […]
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How to Keep Your Horse Healthy Infographic

Horses require a lot of love, care, time and attention. To a new horse owner, establishing a regular grooming routine and maintaining a clean stable may seem like tough tasks in the beginning. However, they are very essential for keeping your horse happy and healthy. Very soon, you’ll also find yourself looking forward to the grooming time, which gives you and your horse the perfect opportunity to bond with each other. From giving your horse the right food and supplements to taking care of your horse’s dental needs, the below infographic has detailed tips on every aspect of caring for a horse. Click on the image to visit original article with full size graphic image! Infographic created by Animal Health Company By the way, I pinned this graphic on my Pinterest Board: Horse Health on Pinterest | 48 Pins were you can see some other wonderful graphic about horses and their health! My tweet about the original article: How Healthy is your Horse infographic #artwork http://ow.ly/KaARz #horses #health RETWEET     Related articles Abused or Neglected? 5 Must-Have Trailer Features for Special Needs Horses
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Natural Horsemanship Part One – Bonding Without Riding

I don’t know anybody who loves riding that doesn’t long to have a strong connection with their horse. It is an innate desire in any of us who love to ride. In the past the problem which has affected many of us is the fact that ‘bonding’ often meant using fear and pain as a way to win the respect of your horse. And whilst it may be effective, it is also distasteful to many of us who love our horses. So enter Natural Horsemanship, a school of thought which encourages riders to develop a ‘rapport’ with their hose through sympathetic means rather than force. It continues to grow in popularity – a brief way to explain it would be to tell you to watch ‘The Horse Whisperer’ (like you haven’t already!). A longer way would be to explain more about how you can use natural horsemanship techniques to bond with your horse. So that’s what we’ll do below. Bonding techniques A fundamental part of natural horsemanship is learning to understand your horse rather than using force to make them bend to your will. With that in mind it is vital that you take the time to get to know […]
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Western v English: Know your Riding Styles

Western v English: Know your Riding Styles An overview of the differences between English and Western riding styles in terms of origin, tack, gaits, rider attire and activities. Ancient man, when he first domesticated the horse, must surely have devised riding methods that gave him advantages on the battlefield or hunting ground—techniques that increased speed and agility and ensured he remained on top. In the intervening years, however, two principal styles of riding have come to the foreground and been adopted around the world. The two styles are known as Western and English, and they differ in their tack, gait, rider’s attire and the kind of activity to which they are suited. The easiest differences to identify are in the tack. The Western saddle was designed for cowboys who spent long hours driving cattle. These saddles are larger, heavier and more hard-wearing than their English counterparts. They’re generally considered to be more comfortable (especially for men), and you can spot one at a glance by the large pommel, or horn, at the front, which is used for the reigning and roping of livestock. The English saddle is smaller, lighter and brings the rider into closer contact with the back of […]
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5 Tips for Better Horse Trailer Loading

Horses are amazing creatures that fill our lives with joy, but there are times that even our love of horses isn’t enough to keep us from reaching our wit’s end with them!  A horse that’s difficult to load into a horse trailer can be frustrating, but there’s hope for them yet.  These five tips will help your next loading experience be a much better one: 1. Above all else, think like a horse.  A horse sees horse trailers as tight, dark places where they may or may not be vulnerable to unspoken dangers.  Remember that your horse has to overcome thousands of years of evolution just to step one foot inside — so be patient with him as he comes to terms with his instincts. 2. Make loading rewarding.  Some horse owners find that treating loading as an opportunity for easy rewards speeds their loads along.  Start by feeding your horse from a bucket placed at the back of the trailer, so he can eat without stepping inside.  Slowly move the bucket further forward until he’s all the way in and munching happily in his stall. 3. Open your trailer up more.  As mentioned previously, horses don’t like dark, tight […]
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