How To Prevent Your Horse Going Lame From The Most Common Cause Of Lameness

Written by Andy Curry

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This condition will more easily show up in hard-working horses. It also is more apparent when a horse works in tight circles. When he is moving in a straight line it is not as apparent. The lameness seems to almost disappear whenrepparttar horse is at rest. It will reappear when it is working hard again.

How do you treat navicular syndrome? First, begin early. The horse owner is responsible for recognizing there may be a problem. If there is a problem, thenrepparttar 125783 veterinarian andrepparttar 125784 farrier should be called so treatment can begin. The treatment consists of corrective trimming and shoeing, pain relieving and inflammation decreasing drugs, and carefully controlled exercise.

Interestingly, treatment for navicular syndrome may be quite different from veterinarian torepparttar 125785 next. They will not necessarily prescriberepparttar 125786 same treatment.

Exercise is one ofrepparttar 125787 most important parts ofrepparttar 125788 treatment because it increases blood flow torepparttar 125789 horse’s foot. But remember thatrepparttar 125790 exercise has to be carefully done.

What horses arerepparttar 125791 most likely to have navicular syndrome? Hard working horses like race horses, cutting, reining, calf roping, and barrel racers. They are especially more likely to get navicular syndrome if they work on hard surfaces and have poor conformation.

Navicular syndrome is most common in horses with upright pasterns. Navicluar syndrome is also common in horses whenrepparttar 125792 hoof and pastern slope at different angles.

As a horse owner, you should know that improper trimming and shoeing can also cause navicular syndrome. Ifrepparttar 125793 farrier trims a heel too low on a horse with an upright pastern it can increaserepparttar 125794 pressure whererepparttar 125795 flexor tendon andrepparttar 125796 navicular bone meet.

Thus, be watchful of your horse. If you see something out ofrepparttar 125797 ordinary when you ask your horse to work hard you may begin by looking for navicular syndrome since it isrepparttar 125798 most common cause of lameness in horses. As always, consult your veterinarian for diagnoses and treatments.

Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author of several best selling horse training and horse care books. For information visit his website at He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at

Dog Coat Health

Written by Matthew Seigneur

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Why brush your dog?

Mats inrepparttar coat arerepparttar 125782 main reason! Mats can be uncomfortable, and can cause destruction ofrepparttar 125783 skin, and parasites can hide inrepparttar 125784 mats.

If your dog scratchesrepparttar 125785 matted areas, he will pull his skin, which will cause him to hurt and possibly bruise his skin - ouch! Help your dog stay comfortable by brushing him often. Rememberrepparttar 125786 longerrepparttar 125787 coatrepparttar 125788 more brushing that will be necessary. If you can not removerepparttar 125789 mats by brushing, you can cliprepparttar 125790 mats very carefully by using a blunt pair of scissors and being careful not to pullrepparttar 125791 skin. The most important thing to remember is to brush often so your dog will not get mats in his coat and this problem will disappear.

Your dog will soon begin to enjoy his bath time and quality time with you. You will be able to keep a happy and healthy dog for a long time. You will enjoy bath time with your dog as you see him enjoyingrepparttar 125792 attention andrepparttar 125793 attitude after he is clean and shiny... Just make sure you dry him well, and don't let him outside as he may roll in anything he can to get his preferred 'smell' back! A dog lovers website with plenty of dog breed information and pictures. provides dog supplements and dog health care information.

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