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EQUUS - - Handson -

I was for­ever mis­plac­ing hoof picks un­til I at­tached one to the han­dle of my groom­ing kit with a coiled lan­yard. The coil stretches far enough for me to use the pick safely, but keeps it at­tached to the box so I can find it the next time I groom.— Stephanie Low­ell, South­lake, Texas changes are rea­son to call your vet­eri­nar­ian for an oc­u­lar check.

• Lack of clar­ity in the pupil. The cen­ter of the horse’s eye is nor­mally pitch-black and clear. A milky ap­pear­ance can in­di­cate that a cataract is form­ing as a re­sult of on­go­ing in­flam­ma­tion.

• A cloudy look to the en­tire globe. Fun­gal in­fec­tions and in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease can cause a horse’s eye to take on a hazy, bluish ap­pear­ance. If one eye looks less clear than the other, or if both look more clouded than you re­call, it’s cause for in­ves­ti­ga­tion. check of his hindquar­ters can usu­ally re­veal the prob­lem.

First, look for ev­i­dence of pin­worms. Th­ese par­a­sites, which emerge from a horse’s anus to lay eggs on the sen­si­tive skin nearby, have made a resur­gence in North Amer­ica re­cently. The eggs trig­ger itch­i­ness that helps spread them through the en­vi­ron­ment as the horse rubs against fence posts and trees. The eggs may be vis­i­ble as small, white plaques around the anus. Your vet­eri­nar­ian can also check for un­seen eggs by stick­ing a piece of clear tape to the area, re­mov­ing it and then ex­am­in­ing it un­der a mi­cro­scope.

If you sus­pect your horse has pin­worms, call your vet­eri­nar­ian be­fore start­ing any treat­ment. You’ll want to be sure to se­lect a de­worm­ing agent that is ef­fec­tive against that par­a­site in your ge­o­graphic area.

Next, in­spect the tail it­self. Sep­a­rate the hairs to check the skin along the tail­bone and lift it to ex­am­ine the

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