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Horse Grooming Services Amherst MA

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Fairy Pet Mother Pet Care
(978) 387-8667
South Hadley, MA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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No Place Like Home Mobile Grooming and Pet Sitting Services
(413) 277-9887
72 Coffey Hill Rd
Ware, MA

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The Barking Basement
(413) 320-8737
The Barking Basement
Easthampton, MA
Description
Conveniently located on Rte. 66 in beautiful Westhampton. "The Barking Basement"offers a low-stress, calm grooming experience for your dogs or cats. My experience includes 20 years of grooming, and a commitment to quality. Canine CPR/First Aid certified, registered with NDGAA (#H721). Retail items available. Special order items available upon request. Grooming by appointment only. Call and ask for Barbara.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Retail Pet Products Available

The House of Paws
(978) 544-8769
29 Second St.
Orange, MA
Description
The owner, Cathy, is caring, patient, and knowledgable when working with your pet. She has been actively involved in pet care since 1994 including over seven years at an award winning animal hospital. She has over 10 years experience as a pet stylist and has achieved many certifications in various aspects of canine health and sports. She offers both cat and dog grooming by appointment only in a low stress environment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Mt Tom Grooming Shop
(413) 532-3918
320 Easthampton Rd
Holyoke, MA
 
The Good Dog Spot, Inc.
(413) 534-1333
35 C North Chicopee Street
Chicopee, MA

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Bow Wow Bathhouse LLC
(413) 397-9792
203 Long Plain Road
South Deerfield, MA
Description
A full service "state of the art" salon offering dog grooming services by caring professionals. We treat yours as ours. Your dog will be given first class service ,which includes a Hydro-Massage bath with one of our all Natural Shampoos appropriate for your particular dogs coat, ears cleaned, nails trimmed,fully dried, brushed and fluffed. We welcome all sizes and shapes. Member of the National Dog Grooming Association of America. Open Tuesday-Saturday. Please call for appointment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Canine Design
(413) 593-9300
1195 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA
Description
Professional dog grooming service.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Retail Pet Products Available

Petco
(413) 539-9197
45 Holyoke St
Holyoke, MA
 
Holyoke Animal Hospital
(413) 538-8700
320 Easthampton Rd
Holyoke, MA
 
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Pre-Purchase Evaluation Process

1. Start at the tip of the horse's nose, putting hands on every single part of the horse's body. Note to a scribe or assistant any variants from normal.

2. Evaluate eyes, ears, nose, throat, lungs, heart, and skin using appropriate tools. Pay particular attention to the joints, feet, and legs of performance horses.

3. Repeat step 2.

4. Draw blood for initial blood counts of the horse at rest. Evaluate profile for liver and kidney function, red and white cell count, muscle enzymes, and any other checks the buyer requests.

5. Weigh the horse. Measure the horse. Document markings.

6. Move to the 100-foot, firm-surfaced, covered longing pen. Longe horse in a specific gait sequence for 12 to 15 minutes, or longer if the horse is an endurance prospect. Listen to heart and lungs again. Draw second blood sample to measure red blood cell counts and hemoglobin, comparing the at exercise profile to the at rest profile.

7. Conduct flexion tests on all joints, grading each joint on each limb separately. The horse is trotted from and to the veterinarian after holding the isolated joint for one minute. The veterinarian will note a score of 0 to 5 at five points of the trot cycle, resulting in an ideal (but rare) score of 00000 (a sound horse).

8. Reattach the longe line and send the horse around again for another 10 to 12 minutes in a specific gait sequence to gauge soundness during extended work.

9. If appropriate, saddle or harness the horse and watch a performance sessio...

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Take Off the Edge


In the September 2004 Western Horseman print feature "Defensive Care," Indiana equine practitioner Timothy Bartlett, D.V.M., offers advice on preventing lower-leg injuries in performance horses. Two of his tips are to properly condition and warm up your horse.

Longeing is a common technique used to work the fresh off horses and to get horses in shape. What you might not realize, however, is that out-of-control longeing - whether the horse is on or off a line - can cause body misalignments, such as canted shoulders and hips, which strains leg tissues and puts a horse at risk for losing his balance and injuring himself.

In this online bonus, Bartlett explains how to bit up your horse and work him in a controlled manner from the ground. His technique also enhances your handle on a horse when you're ready to ride.

Saddle your horse and bridle him with snaffle bit. Place a rein on each bit ring and tie the reins to the saddle horn at a point they make light contact with your horse's mouth. This encourages him to flex at the poll, round his back and drive off his hindquarters for collected movement.


Next, run a 30-foot lariat through the left bit ring, over your horse's poll and down through the right bit ring, and snap it to itself, as shown in Photos 1 and 2. This configuration enhances your control, plus helps keep your horse balanced as he moves, thereby reducing strains and injury.

Longe your horse in a safe enclosure, such as a corral or round pen, b...

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MA Equine Law

Massachusetts

Under Massachusetts law, an equine professional is not liable for an injury to, or death of, a participant in equine activities resulting from the inherent risks of equine activities, pursuant to section 2D of chapter 128 of the General Laws.  (Sign posting required.)