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What’s Causing Pastern Dermatitis in Horses?

No one likes red, itchy feet, especially your horse. A quick fix, one might think, is to slather some salve on your horse’s red or crusty skin, and it’ll just go away, but pastern dermatitis in horses can’t be fixed by store-bought lotions. In fact, covering up the lesions, scabs or crust can make the problem worse. If left untreated, the problem on your horse’s legs could lead to frustration, discomfort and soundness issues, according to Kentucky Equine Research.
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Compensation Or Conformation?

When we are trimming, we can have dramatic effects on the horse that perhaps we don’t realize. Uneven foot dressing can cause horses to adopt a stance that might be mistaken for poor conformation. One of the first things that I ask is whether a horse has poor conformation or adopted a compensatory stance? One is easy to fix, while the other is not.
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Hendra Presents A Health Risk For Humans And Horses

Hendra is a virus that has affected the equine population in Australia since the early ’90s, although outbreaks of it have been sporadic. Flying foxes, a type of bat native to Australia, have been identified as the origin of the virus. Although it is rare, Hendra is a serious biosecurity threat that has wreaked havoc in the equine industry, affecting horses and humans alike.
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