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Doggie Spa & Play Care, LLC
(269) 781-2509
13416 Preston Drive
Marshall, MI

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Southside Veterinary Clinic
(269) 979-1588
5900 Capital Ave Sw
Battle Creek, MI
 
Happy Tails Pet Resort
(269) 781-5920
17301 14 Mile Rd
Battle Creek, MI
 
Petco
(269) 979-0230
12765 Harper Village Dr Ste 140
Battle Creek, MI
 
Barkin' Babies
(269) 629-5722
8653 N 32ND St Ste 4B
Richland, MI

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Columbia Hospital For Animals PC LLC
(269) 968-7176
2150 W. Columbia Ave
Battle Creek, MI
 
Pampered Pets Grooming
(269) 964-3760
1423 Michigan Ave E
Battle Creek, MI
 
Log Cabin Animal Hospital
(269) 965-1010
12950 Michigan Ave E
Battle Creek, MI
 
Galesburg Pet Grooming
(269) 665-9177
2819 N 35th St
Galesburg, MI

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Bow-Wow Boutique
(269) 385-3647
429 1/2 W Crosstown Pkwy
Kalamazoo, MI

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Shoe for Rough Ground

 BY JENNIFER ZEHNDER • PHOTOS BY TED SHANKS

These four tips will help ensure your horse remains steady and sound over rocky terrain.

SHOE CLIPS
Unfortunately, says Shanks, clips received a bad rap from veterinarians back in the 1980s. At that time, not all farriers understood the science of applying the devices, and the technique remains a fear factor for most. Shanks and Teves prefer a handmade clip with a thicker base to the thin clips included on most factory shoes. Handmade clips “get in” the hoof to a small degree, rather than resting outside the hoof. The farriers burn, rather than hammer, clips into the hoof, and prefer to use quarter clips, which are located in the vicinity of the first and second nail holes on a hoof. This strategic setting keeps the shoe from being driven back. Hoof CareGOOD NAILS
It’s not always technique, but rather the location of the nail holes in a shoe that determine whether a nail “seats” well, Shanks says. Not only is finding a shoe that fits important for soundness, but so is finding one that has nail holes that meet a horse’s individual contours. A shoe with a nail hole close to the outside edge of the hoof is counter-productive for a horse with a low-angle hoof or steep hoof walls, Shanks says. When in doubt, farriers should build a shoe and punch their own holes for a truly custom fit.Hoof Care

PROPER FIT
Ill-fitting shoes work against your horse in rough terrain, exposing him to shoe loss, hoof damage and lameness. Manufactured horseshoes are available in hundreds of styles, sizes and weights, and farriers can also forge their own should ready-made products fail to provide the proper fit. The key is to purchase or build shoes that remain well-fit weeks after the final nail has been clenched, Teves says. Beveling the rough edges on each shoe further reduces snags.Hoof Care

POUR-IN PADS
Pads are the most common treatment for a tender- or sore-footed horse, and are also used to prevent soreness and injury. In rough country, h...

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