AskHQ: Up front

[Q] Why are horses more commonly shed in front than behind?

[A] Horses are more commonly shod in front than behind because horses bear more weight on the front legs than their hind legs. Therefore horses are more likely to be foot sore in front than behind, due to the weight distribution. Some owners also prefer to keep horses without back shoes if possible, to reduce the amount of damage that can be caused to other horses in the paddock. 

AskHQ: Up front

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AskHQ: Thrush

Q: What exactly is thrush? A: Thrush is a bacterial infection that commonly affects the frog. It is often associated with wet and dirty bedding, poor hoof management, inadequate trimming, or shoeing with pads that have trapped dirt and moisture. Thrush is commonly noticed due to the unpleasant odour it

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AskHQ: Flu vaccine

Q: If vaccines work, why do vaccinated horses still contract flu? A: Vaccines don’t stop infection entirely, but they increase your horse’s immunity to the infection. This means that the vaccine helps to reduce the severity of the disease and the clinical signs your horse will show. They also minimise

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Horse health check: 11) The legs

Every owner should know their horse’s legs. Every day before and after you ride you should palpate the legs from top to toe, to find any changes from previous examinations. Old injuries are unlikely to cause any issues, but if you know they are there, it can save you investigating

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