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Fix That Foot Ab­scess

Jan­uary is ab­scess sea­son. If your horse de­vel­ops a pocket of pus within his hoof (ex­tremely painful), soak the foot in warm wa­ter with Ep­som salts to en­cour­age the ab­scess to open and drain on its own. Spe­cial soak­ing boots (like the one from EasyCare, above) can be handy for this, or you can sim­ply use a rub­ber bucket or other safe con­tainer. Once the ab­scess is opened and heal­ing, your horse may ap­pre­ci­ate a cush­ioned boot, such as those de­signed by Soft-Ride for use on hard sta­ble sur­faces and com­fort dur­ing trans­port, as well as for pro­tec­tion for a re­cov­er­ing hoof. (Learn more about “Horse Health by the Sea­son” at Horse­andRider.com.)

Know the Zone

Max­i­mum amount of di­etary fat that horses (who lack gall blad­ders) can digest. In­tro­duce fat grad­u­ally, al­low­ing up to three or four weeks for your horse to ad­just. (Tra­di­tional horse ra­tions con­tain just 3 to 4 per­cent fat.) Be­lieve it or not, your horse can reach his hind leg for­ward al­most all the way to his front leg. He can ex­tend it fully to the side and back as well. So, cau­tions Cer­ti­fied Horsemanship As­so­ci­a­tion clin­i­cian Julie Good­night, when­ever your find your­self lean­ing un­der your horse to grab a cinch or ex­am­ine his belly, be sure to face for­ward so your head isn’t in the “kick zone.” (See a short video il­lus­trat­ing the kick zone at Horse­andRider.com.)

Loop zip ties around groom­ing prod­ucts, like hoof picks or scis­sors, to hang on your groom cart or wall.

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