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Tendons & Ligaments: Anatomy and Injuries Explained by Melissa Johnson, DVM

The equine lower limb is an arrangement of bones, tendons and ligaments that give the horse its speed, power, and ability to sleep while standing. The horse’s massive size and athleticism can lead to injuries of these structures that can limit performance.  It is important to understand the structures of your horse’s legs so you can better recognize what can lead to injury and how to recognize injury.A tendon connects muscle to bone to allow the contraction of a muscle to elicit movement in a bone or joint. A ligament connects bone to bone or cartilage to bone and functions in stabilizing...

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Flies, Flies Go Away and Don’t Come Back Another Day!

Summer welcomes many things: wonderful weather, beautiful lakes and sunsets, riding outdoors, and insects, including flies and ticks.  I reached out to find some fly repellent tips and tricks and thought I would share them.   "Skin-So-Soft works great to keep gnats out of their ears and hair lines as well as an ingredient for home-made fly spray." "Putting a small amount of garlic powder in your horse's feed helps reduce ticks.  A recipe I use is one 32 oz. bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar, one tablespoon dawn dish soap, one tablespoon garlic powder and one gallon of water.   Mix ingredients...

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