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Evaluating a New Horse

When looking at a horse you're considering buying, keep the following in mind in terms of the purpose/discipline for which you are purchasing it

  • Soundness
  • Any blemishes
  • Movement
  • Conformation
  • Manners
  • Health (history and current)
  • Training and show history
  • Size (and is it full grown?)
  • Quality/flash - is the horse eye catching? will it stand out in the show ring?
  • Pedigree (if considering…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 29, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments


An abscess is basically an infection of the lamina.  Bacteria gets in, causes an infection and then white blood cells attack the infection.  Normally this would cause swelling but because this is in the hoof and the hoof cannot expand, pressure builds and results in pretty severe pain.  The purulent fluid (pus) that is the source of the pressure (product of the body fighting the infection) needs to find a way out.  Generally it takes the easiest path which could either be a hole in the hoof…


Added by Horse Resource Network on June 27, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments

West Nile Disease

Given that it's mosquito season, what better than to post on Medical Monday about West Nile Disease.  (I imagine that if this was being narrated aloud, "West Nile Disease" would be all echo-y and have ominous tones playing in the background - da da daaaa.)

Symptoms (can include):

  • listlessness, change in behaviour
  • muscle twitches 
  • lack of coordination
  • limb weakness
  • partial paralysis, inability to get…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 24, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Tetanus (aka Lockjaw)

I wanted to do an article on tetanus because, if you’re like me, you always get your horse vaccinated against it but it’s become so automatic that you’ve kind of forgotten what tetanus is exactly – the finer points of the disease, if you will.
Tetanus can occur when a wound becomes infected with the Clostridium tetani bacterium – which is naturally found in soil and animal feces.  This bacterium produces a powerful neurotoxin which results in muscle contraction and…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 22, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Treatment and Symptoms of Laminitis & Founder

Some people use these terms interchangeably but they are actually two different conditions – founder being a possible result of laminitis.

Laminitis is an infection of the laminae (tissue) that connects the coffin bone and the hoof wall.  Founder occurs when the laminae die, causing the attachment of the coffin bone to the hoof wall to…

Added by Horse Resource Network on June 20, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments

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