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Horse Grooming Services Columbia MD

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Morning Breeze Farm Critter Sitter
(301) 758-8422
Sykesville, MD
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Behavior Modification, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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PET EXPERTS Professional Pet Services, LLC
(410) 504-2422
Owings Mills, MD
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Behavior Modification, Pet Transportation, Dog Training, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Fetch! Pet Care of Rockville - Gaithersburg
(301) 637-5416
Montgomery Village, MD
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Dog Training, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Bark In Style DC Mobile Pet Grooming Service
(202) 489-1989
5105 crossfield ct
Rockville, MD

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The Studio
(301) 661-2247
815 Notley Road
Silver Spring, MD
Description
All breed grooming in a quiet, cage free environment. The advantage of a small grooming operation is the custom services that we can offer. You will always know who is handling your dog at The Studio. This has particular advantage for puppies or geriatric dogs who may have special needs. All services are performed by appointment only. This allows us to concentrate on your dog's specific needs.

Fur Paws Pet Care
(443) 631-5579
Baltimore, MD
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, Doggie Day Care, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Happy-Pet LLC
(410) 280-2940
Annapolis, MD
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Errand Service, Behavior Modification, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Wag The Dog Pet Care
(240) 483-5550
Bethesda, MD
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Doggie Day Care, Behavior Modification, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Dog Training, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Puttin on the Dog, Inc
(410) 744-3776
28 Bloomsbury Ave.
Catonsville, MD
Description
Professional grooming services for dogs and cats performed by NDGA and PIJAC Certified groomers. We take pride in providing a fun atmosphere where you pet is truly pampered. We groom by appointment only. All new customers must have an initial consultation before an appointment is booked.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments

Odenton Veterinary Hospital Grooming
(410) 674-3266
8393 Piney Orchard Parkway
Odenton, MD
Description
Our four legged clients love to visit us! A full service grooming salon for dogs and cats is located in the Odenton Veterinary Hospital. We offer all breed grooming in a safe, clean, quiet, relaxing enviornment. Our groomer, Nancy, is dedicated to client and owner happiness and satisifaction. Appointments available Monday-Friday.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

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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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