1. Check the fit: Most blanket injuries are a consequence of poor fit. A too-large blanket can shift out of position and slip down around legs, entangling them in the hind-leg straps. If the material does not rip quickly, tendons can become dangerously constricted. Blankets that are too small may cause pressure sores or rubbing injuries.
2. Adjust the straps properly: Even a blanket that fits well can pose an injury risk if it’s not adjusted correctly. Belly straps are meant to fit flush with the skin, allowing just enough room for a single hand to slip in with your palm against the horse. Leg straps need to fit with enough space around the hind legs to avoid rubbing, but not so much that a leg can get trapped when the horse lies down. A good rule of thumb: Make sure you can put one hand, widthwise, between the strap and the leg.
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PROGRESS AND STRUGGLE IN SENIOR HORSE CARE
A study from the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University confirms what many dedicated horse owners have long known: Caring for a geriatric horse with a chronic health condition can be a significant physical and emotional burden.
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Of all the things your horse could injure himself with, his blanket seems an unlikely candidate. But don’t rule it out. Blanket mishaps do happen and they can be serious. Here are three things you can do to avoid them:
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MAKE WINTER EASIER FOR YOUR OLD HORSE
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With modern vaccines and wound management practices, tetanus is almost a thing of the past. But the threat persists, so it’s wise to remember which horses are most at risk and why.
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