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Ask the Vet – Mane pulling, pre-purchase exams, sick horses, and more! – June 2017

You asked, we answered! In this episode of our monthly series, Ask the Vet, Dr. Lydia Gray and SmartPaker Sarah answer your questions about whether mane pulling is harmful or not, how to tell a horse’s age by its teeth, pre-purchase exams, how to tell when your horse is sick, and how to use liniment. Also, why Sarah thinks horses are like furniture!

Additional reading/watching material mentioned in the video:
Ask the Vet Playlist
Horse Health Library videos
How to pull a mane blog
Dr. Andy Kaneps Exam videos: COMING SOON!

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Questions answered in this episode:
1. Is pulling a mane harmful to the horse, and if yes, are there products that aren’t harmful?
2. How can you tell the age of a horse by the teeth? Also, I bet you know that dog’s teeth should be brushed daily or they could produce teeth/gum/jaw bone diseases, and I was wondering if a horse’s teeth should be brushed daily or weekly? And what type of teeth/gum/jaw bone diseases can a horse get and what are the most common? And what are some ways to prevent any teeth/gum/jaw bone diseases?
3. Could you review the components of a typical pre-purchase exam? Which parts do you see as vital for any buyer? Which parts might you consider optional?
4. What to do when your horse is sick, how to know your horse is sick, how to prevent my horse from being sick.
5. How do I use liniment? As far as I know it goes on the horses legs after a hard ride. Is that even true ? Ps love the videos:)

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