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Zilco and Sportack Top Breast Collars

Tory Leather Co.’s English Bridle Leather Contour Tapered Comfort Breast Strap (#517) is a top Western pick. A spot of fleece padding behind the center ring on the horse’s chest is one of the thoughtful gestures made toward the horse’s comfort, as is the curving shape of the shoulder straps. It’s a beautifully made product.Professional’s Choice has helped many Western riders appreciate the advantages to synthetic tack, especially with the Professional’s Choice SMx Neoprene Breast Collar. The neoprene pieces detach for easy washing and provide

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Urgent Care: Leg Swelling

Deb M. Eldredge, DVM

Swelling on your horse’s leg may be as simple as lower leg edema from standing in his stall to a bowed tendon to a serious infection. Look at the conditions surrounding this swelling to decide if it’s a veterinary emergency and to get an idea of the prognosis. An acute swelling that’s warm and tender to the touch suggests a recent injury or a developing infection. With infection, the area may feel hot. Check your horse’s temperature. A fever suggests infection. If so, look carefully for a small puncture wound site or any area with drainage.  An read more

A Lesson in Shortening Your Reins

Margaret Freeman

Thoughts about how we shorten our reins and how the horse might react to our technique. read more

Equine Vandalism - Cutting Off Manes and Tails

Cynthia Foley

Second incident makes blogger wonder why people are cutting off the manes and tails of horses. read more

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