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Proper trimming and awareness of the horse’s sole thickness is vital to maintaining optimal hoof health. Whether the horse is growing back over-trimmed soles or is genetically predisposed to thin soles, it’s important that hoof care professionals examine the conditions the horse is kept in because environment directly impacts sole health. Think of soles as calluses on feet – if you’re active, calluses protect your feet from getting blisters. If calluses are removed from your feet when you’re active or in abrasive conditions, the feet develop blisters and become painful. In order to keep soles in healthy condition, hoof care professionals need to be familiar with the conditions the horse is kept in. If the horse has naturally thin soles, different methods can be applied to help the horse regain sole thickness, depending on its environment.

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Travel to exotic places is a dream for so many people. France, Italy, Mexico, Kenya, New Zealand, Ireland and so many more are destinations filled with tantalizing historic, cultural, geographical and scenic wonders that would enthrall any traveller. But, as an equestrian, what if your trip was a horse riding vacation where you could ride wonderful locally-bred and trained horses, stay in beautiful accommodations in fabulous locations and enjoy mouthwatering food prepared in culturally rich cuisines?

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When determining the amount of protein supplied in a horse’s diet, all the feeds must be taken into consideration. How much protein is in the forage and how much is in the grain? Are there supplements to be considered? How much of each is being fed? What ingredients are used to make the grain and the supplements?

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Equine Connection - The Academy of Equine Assisted Learning - is an Alberta-based company owned by myself, Kari Fulmek, horse lover, leader in the field of women’s skill development and a lifelong entrepreneur. The company offers unique learning experiences with horses that help our clients face challenges and build valuable life skills, develop confidence and self-esteem, and encourage them to set achievable goals.

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Do you wish you could have a calmer horse, reduce or eliminate longing time, and help your horse maintain better focus in training and in the show pen? All while maintaining his general body condition, topline, hair coat and hoof quality? Let’s evaluate the situation and find an answer...

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Proper hoof trimming is vital to preventing lameness and injury in horses. Keeping the hoof bars aligned and healthy is also dependent upon trimming. Bars appear as white lines along the frog and are made up of laminae. Think of the bars like plastic straws – if you push on the straw from the end, it stays strong and holds its form. If a straw gets too long, it will likely bend when pressure is applied and become weaker. In order to keep bars aligned and healthy, hooves need to be trimmed and collected on a regular basis. Without healthy bars, a horse can develop a “stacked sole,” or worse, a bruised sole or abscess.

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A Western saddle has been developed that can be adjusted to properly fit any horse’s back, for any discipline. Danny Kroetch of DK Saddlery in Calgary, Alberta has designed a Western saddle that can be fitted to each horse’s unique shape, and adjusted to the horse’s shape as it changes with feed, work, and age.

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