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Christine Barakat with Melinda Freckleton, DVM

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Keep your barn well ventilated this winter

Resist the urge to close barn doors and windows when the weather turns cold.


TLC for pasture trees

Take steps to protect the health of the trees in your horse's pastures.


What noisy joints mean

Pops and clicks from knees, ankles and hocks are usually nothing to worry about.


Get your horse to drink up

Three simple ways to make sure your horse stays hydrated.


Stop summer stomping

Repeated concussion can lead to footsoreness and hoof cracks.

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When is a stumble something serious?

A misstep every now and again isn't much to worry about, but some types of stumbles warrant immediate attention.

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When to worry about a hoof crack

Here's a rundown of common hoof defects, ranked from least troubling to most serious.

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A surprising clue to saddle fit

Sweat patterns can indicate poor saddle fit long before rubs or soreness occurs.

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Your first spring trail outings

When you first take to the trails this season, be careful to avoid inadvertently overworking or overheating your horse.

Winter Hoof Hazards

Make sure to take care of your horse's hooves this winter


Is it a hoof abscess?

Before you assume your lame horse has an abscess, run through a few simple tests.

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Prevention: Laminitis

With this painful and potentially devastating hoof condition, prevention is by far the best approach. From EQUUS magazine.

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Prevention of Dehydration in All Seasons

Adequate water consumption isn?t only a concern during the summer; dehydration can occur at any time of the year. Here?s what you can do to encourage your horse to drink enough to stay healthy this winter.