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GET READY FOR VET DAY

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Your vet isn’t coming to critique your horsekeepi­ng practices, but you should take the opportunit­y to organize your grooming area and tack and feed rooms.

Make a space in the barn where your vet has plenty of room to work with your horse. Designate a clean, well-lit spot in the barn, near a faucet if possible. Pick a spot where the vet can park nearby for easy access to supplies and equipment stored in the truck.

If you have questions about your horse’s nutrition, organize your feed and supplement­s so your vet can examine them more easily.

Some veterinari­ans are also equine chiropract­ors, like Elise Jones, DVM, who owns and operates Stable and Stock Veterinary Services in Watertown, Tenn. They might need to examine your tack in order to help diagnose back pain or muscle soreness.

“Having tack available is helpful,” says Jones. “And if you use one saddle for lessons and another saddle for trail rides, we might need to see both of them so we can see what might be causing the problem.”

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