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Why are so many horses put down when they break their leg?

As this source writes, there are some main issues, that horse's legs make special in cases of broken legs: The leg bones are small in relation to the horse's body weight Under the knee (which is not ...
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How can I tell if my horses need additional protection from the cold?

This is not cruel. Unfortunately, you aren't going to find a consensus on when it's right to blanket a horse, because it depends so much on your horse's situation. Personally, I have 5 horses in ...
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What is the difference between first and second cut hay?

Hay starts growing in the field in the spring. It becomes time to mow (cut) the hay down as the hot weather of summer arrives. The green cut hay dries in the swaths in the field and is then baled for ...
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How to reduce the smell of ammonia in horse's stall

There are a couple of ways to dampen or limit the ammonia smell. Baking soda: You can add this to the bedding and you do not need to use a lot of it. You can get this in bags from 1 kg to 1000 kg. It ...
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Is Appaloosa a breed or a color?

Appaloosa is a breed of horse originating from America. It's commonly known for its spotty coat colours. However, there are other requirements for a registered Appaloosa: White sclera Mottled skin (...
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What to look for in a horse for beginners?

So, we probably need a little more information as to your situation to provide a better answer. However, I can probably point you in the right direction. First, what kind of beginner are we talking ...
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What is the minimum space for keeping a horse?

More than physical space, owning a horse requires significant investment of time and money. How much space a horse needs shouldn't be the main question of whether or not to get a horse. That being ...
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What treats are safe for horses?

Treats There are countless treats which are safe for horses. The majority of fruits and vegetables are safe, along with some foods you might not expect, like candy. In general, as long as you aren't ...
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What treats are safe for horses?

I feed my horse only with grass, hay, oats if I trained him and supplementary minerals adapted to his blood tests. As a treat I use pressed flax pellets (what remains when pressing flax oil) or for ...
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What alternative feeds to hay, grain and legumes can horses eat?

I don't know much about a horses diet, but I once saw a documentary about war horses in WWI. Keeping the animals healthy and fed was a big problem, so people noticed that horses who recently had ...
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What types of feed are naturally high in magnesium for horses?

Whole oat would be the only source I can think of at the moment. In case of mineral deficits I'd always consider changing the hay if you feed one. If you can, analyse it and compare with other hays. ...
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What things are handy to have in a horse owner's kit?

A horse owner should have some different kits that cover up. I will mention not only those things which a horse owner renting at a barn with many other people will own, but also those, which the ...
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Can a red belly black snake kill a horse? How would I know if my horse has been bitten?

Can a red belly black snake kill a horse? Probably not. Wikipedia lists its venom as having a LD50 in mice as 2.52 mg/kg, with an average of 37mg administered in a bite. I'd expect horses to be a lot ...
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What should horse owners do if their property is threatened by bushfire and they are unable to evacuate their horses?

I'm not familiar with Australian vegetation and fire screening technology, but a relatively simple measure you can employ is creating a network of firebreaks around and in between your paddocks. This ...
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How to avoid accidental bites when feeding a horse from my hand

To start the process, get the horse familiar with its muzzle being handled. Start by handling its head and running your hand over its muzzle; start sliding your hand over it quickly and getting out ...
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What does a horse need in terms of land?

Here in Germany the professionals learn a thumb rule stating that a horse of half a ton weight (which is a rather small standardbred) needs roughly 1-1.5 hectare per year for food supplement. So ...
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Abscess in horses hoof

What did your farrier say? You said your horse is not shoed, that's basically good. However, be sure that the hooves are trimmed regularly and in the right way. Sometimes irregularities in the hoof ...
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Is hand feeding my horses hay enough to supplement their feed if my grass is not enough to sustain them?

The best method to know if your horses need supplementing food is to let a vet analyse their blood. Then you know what substances they need and you can look for a mineral feed that contains those. ...
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How to get the tail of my horse white again?

I use 'White-n-Bright', but you can find several products like it. It's a purple liquid the consistency of shampoo. I'm sure it's similar to laundry bluing, but I've never had it turn my horse blue, ...
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