The Horse

OCT 2017

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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21 October 2017 THE HORSE TheHorse.com Last month we talked about whether a free (or nearly free) horse really ends up being a bargain and what a prospec- tive owner should consider before taking one of these horses home. Now we'll look at the steps you should take after you've acquired your free horse and how to keep him (and the rest of your herd) healthy. The Fundamental First Exam Keeping your new horse in good health starts with veterinary and farrier exams. Jennifer Williams, PhD, co-founder and president of Bluebonnet Equine Humane Society, in College Station, Texas, sug- gests scheduling the first veterinary and farrier visits for as soon as your horse arrives at his new home. These are even more crucial if the horse has an unknown health history and/or underlying lame- ness or illness. The veterinarian and farrier are your main partners for managing a new horse, Williams says. They'll help you cater a care plan, depending on the horse's age,

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