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What should I look for in a hoof supplement?

My eight-year-old Quarter Horse mare competes in western pleasure. I’ve noticed that she’s losing shoes frequently and her hooves are brittle. What should I look for in a hoof supplement?

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Preventing Proud Flesh in Horses

Is there a topical medication that assists in the healing cuts to reduce scarring and proud flesh? My Arab has a 21″ cut – stitches were just removed. I always use vitamin E but was hoping there was something else

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Equine Hair Loss

Have you ever heard of a horse losing its hair? And if so, what are the causes and treatments? Have you ever run across it happening as a reaction to supplemental feed? Our horse is losing his hair and his

Posted in Skin, Coat & Hooves

Springtime Hair Loss

I’ve noticed when the weather turns warm every spring my horse tends to lose hair in a circular pattern on his face and neck. This slight balding is accompanied by severe itchiness on his stomach and chest area. I spoke

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The Best Way to Treat Thrush

I have a 13 yr. old thoroughbred with a chronic thrush problem in one front foot. I have tried the bleach/water mixture. A friend with horses says she puts Icthammol ointment on the hoof and covers it to draw out

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Treating Scratches

I discovered that my draft horse has scratches tonight. I’ve been reading about different treatments, but thought I should ask around (you, my vet) about the best treatment before starting something. I have also read that you should clip the

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White Line Disease

I am looking at a horse to buy that has white line disease. He was diagnosed 4 yrs ago. They have kept pads on him and kept him in a dry place. If I purchased him I would keep him

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Are coat enhancers safe to show on?

I have a black horse whose coat has bleached out a bit and he will be showing within the next two months. I know most coat-darkening supplements carry paprika which is a banned item for showing purposes…my question is two-fold:

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Laminitis Can Strike All Breeds of Horses!

Please help me understand what laminitis (founder) is! It was devastating to watch a beautiful horse like Barbaro succumb to this disease last year, and frustrating to know that the best care in the world couldn’t prevent it. Didn’t Secretariat,

Posted in Diseases and Conditions, Lameness, Skin, Coat & Hooves

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