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Horse Grooming Services Darien CT

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Stroll With Me Doggie
(203) 645-8702
Norwalk, CT
Services
House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Pet Boarding, Doggie Day Care, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Barbara's Care Pet Sitting Services
(516) 671-1869
Glenwood Landing, NY
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Doggie Day Care, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
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Pet Sitters International

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Best Friends Pet Care, Inc.
(203) 849-1010
528 Main Ave.
Norwalk, CT
Description
At Best Friends we believe bathing & grooming are essential to a healthy pet. We offer state-of-the-art dog grooming with professional grooming stylists. From shampoos, haircuts and flea treatments - to exotic styles, pedicures, moisturizing treatments, your pet will go home looking great and feeling great! All of our dog grooming services are available by daily appointment, or can be scheduled with boarding.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Pampered Pooch Pet Care LLC
(203) 329-7387
Woodbine Road
Stamford, CT
Description
Grooming one dog at a time by appointment only in a quiet relaxed atmosphere, a pampering experience for your pet.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Weston Dog House
(203) 561-1638
2 Hidden Meadow Road
Weston, CT
Description
Services offered: Clipping and hand scissoring, pet sitting and walking. I do house calls as we.. I am Pet CPR Certified and I will groom all size dogs. All grooming is done in a loving and caring manner.

Waggin' Trails
(203) 374-8488
Bridgeport, CT
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Errand Service, Alternating Lights/Curtains, House Sitting, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Pets a Go Go LLC
(914) 458-4181
Briarcliff Manor, NY
Services
Specialty Pet Products, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Behavior Modification, Doggie Day Care, 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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Grooming by Debbie
(203) 847-1933
250 Westport Ave
Norwalk, CT
Description
Serving the Norwalk/Westport area for 23 yrs. Special need dogs are given special attention. All natural shampoos and medicated baths and conditioners are used. Open Tuesday -Friday 8 am - 3 pm, Saturdays 8 am - 1 pm. Early drop off could be arranged. Vet recommended.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Vet Referred

Town House for Dogs and Cats
(203) 227-3276
Town House for Dogs and Cats
Westport, CT
Description
A full service salon and kennel offering dog grooming and boarding services by skilled professionals. We do hand scissoring, soft claws, furminator and much more. Open year round from Mon-Fri 7:30am-6pm, Sat 8-5 and Sun 3-5.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Show Grooming Services

Head to Tail Grooming
(203) 254-3274
39 Sanford St.
Fairfield, CT
Description
Head to Tail provides professional dog grooming services in the heart of Fairfield, CT. Do-it-yourself and transportation available. Customized appointments for puppies and dogs with special needs. Very skilled and experienced groomers. Open Mon-Sat.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

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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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