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the horse with acute laminitis be walked to increase blood flow though
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Questions are grouped
by subject for easy reference:
- Are white hooves
weaker than dark colored hooves?
- Is it better to
leave a horse barefoot or shod?
- What causes the
white flaky appearance sometimes seen on the upper part of the hoof
- What causes a
frog to fall off?
- What can be done
about feet that will not grow at a normal rate?
- What is "white
- What causes white
- Are nitroglycerin
gels effective in prevention or treatment of laminitis?
- Should a horse
with chronic laminitis be treated with pain controlling drugs?
- Is isoxsuprine
a useful drug for the treatment of laminitis?
- How soon should
a horse that has recovered from an episode of laminitis be returned
- Should the horse
with acute laminitis be walked to increase blood flow through the feet?
- How can it be
determined if a horse is foundered?
- Is it safe to
buy a horse that has had laminitis?
- Is the long toe,
under-run heel foot conformation caused by farriers?
- Should a foot
be trimmed so that both heels land simultaneously when the horse is
at the walk?
- Does increasing
the length of toe cause a horse to take a longer stride?
- What is the most
critical nutrient to normal hoof growth?
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