Caring for Your Horse: Routine Preventative Care

Owning a horse is a huge responsibility for owners of any age. These magnificent creatures need care and attention to ensure your pet is happy and healthy. Caring for a horse is much like caring for a dog or a cat, although on a much larger scale. Many horse owners find the most difficult aspect of caring for their horse is finding a reputable boarding facility.

The cost of boarding a horse can be taxing to any budget, thus making this aspect of horse care essential to work out before you buy your horse. Also, you should be sure to research the breed, as each type of horse will have different needs. Contact your veterinarian to create a dietary plan specifically for your horse. If you own more than one horse, the dietary plan for each of your horses may not be the same. Depending on the age, breed, and size of your horse, this plan may differ. Additionally, horses are notoriously picky and what feed suits one horse may not suit the other.

The old adage “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” definitely applies to owning a horse. By providing your horse with routine preventative care, you will save you, your beloved pet, and your wallet a great deal of pain. Perhaps the most important aspect of your horse’s preventative care should be its vaccinations and deworming. All horses need to be vaccinated for tetanus and rabies. Some owners, depending on their location, choose to vaccinate their horses against Eastern and Western Equine Encephalitis, influenza, and Potomac Horse Fever. These vaccinations need to be updated on an annual basis and you should keep comprehensive vaccination records for each horse you own. As for deworming, it should be known all horses will naturally carry a small infestation of worms. There is no way to completely rid your horse of worms; although you should carefully monitory this infestation carefully to ensure the parasites does not do any damage to your horse’s organs. Contact your veterinarian to determine the deworming schedule, which should take place between three and six times each year.

Colic is a serious problem with horses that can become deadly. Causes of colic can vary from severe worm infection to dietary changes to ingestion of sand. You should always keep a careful eye out for signs of colic, including rolling and kicking at the belly. If your horse displays any signs of colic, immediately contact your veterinarian.

The final area for your horse’s preventative maintenance is hoof and tooth care. Since horse’s teeth continue to grow throughout his life, the teeth will have to be ground properly. Most horses do not have a problem correctly wearing down their teeth, but some horses are not able to do so. For this reason, you should check your horse’s teeth on a yearly basis after the age of four by a veterinarian. If your horse has a problem correctly grinding his teeth, the veterinarian will be able to address the problem. Similarly, your horse’s hooves must be properly maintained in order to prevent debilitating hoof problems. Each time you take your horse out, carefully inspect his hooves upon return to ensure they are free of stones or mud and your horse is not experiencing any soreness or pain. A farrier should be contacted regarding maintaining the health of your horse’s hooves, and should be called in every six to eight weeks to be reshod. Additionally, your horse’s hooves should be trimmed on a regular basis to prevent painful overgrowth.

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Prevent Hair Loss – A Healthy Lifestyle Can Prevent Hair Loss

Thinning hair or baldness affects both men and women. Although men and women are affected differently, it is still problematic and many people are willing to do almost anything to “fix” it. There are things you can do to either prevent hair loss or to stop the progression of hair fall out. There are pharmaceutical and surgical treatments available.

About Hair problems

Male and female pattern baldness are real issues. There is some loss of hair that naturally occurs as we age. It becomes a problem if YOU think it is a problem. You may notice a few more hairs in your comb or brush, more strands on your pillow, and/or more loose strands falling out. Women will experience overall thinning of their hair and along the “part” line. Men on the other hand will experience a receding hair line at the temples and the hair fall out will progress toward the back of the head in an M shape.

Preventing Hair ailments

Eating healthy and getting the right amount of exercise can help keep hair follicles healthy and hair growing the way it should. Eating foods that are rich in vitamins that benefit hair is to your advantage. B vitamins including Biotin and Inositol are important in keeping hair healthy.

Caring properly for your hair is another way you can help to prevent hair to drop out. Excessive washing and blow drying your hair and pull on the hair shaft and cause them to become narrow in spots and break off. Combing or brushing your hair roughly can also pull out hair although that is not likely your intent. If you have ever combed a little girl’s hair after washing you know there are going to be knots and tangles. Pulling the comb through those knots will cause damage to the hair shaft and possibly damage the hair follicles.

Hairstyles may also cause hair breakage and loss. In order to prevent hair to fall out all that may be needed is a simple hairstyle change. Braids, pony tails, and styles that have the hair lying in an unnatural manner that can cause hair breakage.

If you are using birth control, are pregnant, or have given birth hair problems are likely to occur some time after the delivery of your child or after you’ve stopped using birth control. It is believed that hormone levels are the culprit. It is important to make sure your hormone levels are what they should be for you to be healthy. Once hormone levels stabilize you will likely see new hair growth. In these cases your thinning hair may come back.

Women in perimenopause, menopause, or who are post menopausal may experience hair loss due to the fluctuating hormone levels. Once they become more stable hair may re-grow back over time.

Hormone levels in men also can cause hair baldness. In order for certain types of baldness to occur testosterone must be present and not in huge amounts either. DHT-Dihydrotestosterone (a male hormone) attacks the hair follicles by shrinking them.

This reduces significantly the amount of hair that can be seen with the naked eye.


In order to prevent hair to fade out, a healthy life style can do wonders. Your choice of hairstyles
can help to prevent hair ailments as well. Getting your hormone levels checked to be sure they are where they are supposed to be may prevent hair loss due to the presence of DHT-Dihydrotestosterone. There are treatments that can help block the chemicals that can turn testosterone into DHT and allow hair follicles to heal. Talk to your doctor about ho

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