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Date:6/23/2008

ghout their lives, which can cause painful points, hooks, ramps, waves, cheek lacerations and other problems.

Hitting the Trail: Exercise strengthens a horse's heart muscles, tendons and ligaments and improves motility of the digestive tract. Before beginning a regular, strenuous exercise routine, start with walking and slow trotting to accustom your horse to activity.

Observe Your Animal: Get to know your horse's routine behavior such as sleeping, eating and breathing patterns. Subtle changes can indicate a medical problem. Listen to your horse's heartbeat and take his or her temperature. At least once a week, run your hands over your horse's coat to check for skin problems. If your horse is "quidding" -- has food falling from his or her mouth when eating -- it usually indicates a dental problem that should be promptly addressed by your veterinarian. Apply fly repellents, treat minor wounds and use fly masks, sheets and blankets as needed to protect from the elements and parasites.

Take Notes: Keep accurate records of vaccinations, hoof care and other health information as well as feeding schedules and food sources. In the event of an illness, your records will provide valuable information for your veterinarian.

For more information or to interview an equine veterinarian, please contact Phil Boerner at 916-649-0599. To access past CVMA press releases, visit the CVMA Media Center in the News Room at http://www.cvma.net.

The California Veterinary Medical Association is the largest state veterinary medical association in the United States, with more than 6,000 members. Founded in 1888, its mission is to serve its membership and community through innovative leadership and to improve animal and human health in an ethically and socially responsible manner.


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