AskHQ: Fitting a rug

Q: How do you check if a rug fits your horse? A: Having a rug that fits your horse is important to keep your horse comfortable and avoiding rubbing. To…

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What are contracted heels?

Contracted heels are one of the most common problems encountered by farriers today. In fact, many of us are so used to seeing contracted heels that we don't even consider…

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AskHQ: Dentist drama

Q: My mare will allow the dentist to work on her teeth, even with power tools, but she looks absolutely terrified. Would it be kinder to sedate her for the…

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Understanding windgalls, Part 4

Avoiding the development of windgalls There are three major ways to prevent your horse from developing windgalls. These are as follows: Ensure that your horse (particularly young or heavy horses)…

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Understanding windgalls, Part 2

Causes of windgalls Windgalls are the result of irritation of the joint surfaces or joint capsules, causing excessive production and reduced absorption of synovial fluid. The following are examples of…

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Understanding windgalls, Part 1

Windgall, or windpuff, is the term used to describe the soft swelling seen just above the fetlocks or the forelegs and hind legs of typically older or harder-working horses. The…

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Pedigrees – an overview

To understand breeding decisions, you need to learn how to examine the ancestry of a horse. Knowing bloodlines can help you to predict a horse's potential. Pedigree research often becomes…

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AskHQ: Feeding meds

Q: How is medication absorbed once a horse has consumed it orally?  A: Shortly after a horse has been given some medication by mouth, the drug travels through the oesophagus,…

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AskHQ: The inside rein

Q: Why should you not turn with the inside rein? A: When starting out with this funny thing called horse riding, every instructor worth their salt will tell you ‘not…

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