Horse Grooming Services Dekalb IL

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A Groomery
(815) 754-0200
124 E. Hillcrest Drive
Dekalb, IL
A full service salon offering quality styles and trims. A small salon, where your pet recieves the best care and attention. Specializing in cats and terriers. Hours by appt. only, weekend hours available. Closed Thursdays.

A Groomery
(815) 754-0200
124 E Hillcrest Dr
Dekalb, IL

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Prairie View Animal Hospital
(815) 756-9976
24 Rich Rd
Dekalb, IL
4 Paws Dog Grooming & Training
(815) 758-3317
1520 Kent Pl
Dekalb, IL
A Place Like Home
(815) 498-4411
645 E Lasalle St
Somonauk, IL

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Huckleberry's Pet Parlor
(815) 899-3435
423 N Main Street
Sycamore, IL
We offer full service pet grooming, self service pet wash, doggie daycare and dog training. Our hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm & Saturday 9am - 1pm.

(815) 787-6565
2072 Sycamore Rd
Dekalb, IL
(815) 758-6193

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(815) 758-6193
2512 Sycamore Rd
Dekalb, IL
A Refuge for Saving the Wildlife, Inc
(847) 509-1026
Northbrook, IL
Specialty Pet Products, Behavior Modification, Pet Transportation, Grooming, Overnight Pet Boarding, Overnight Sitting
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Pet Sitters International

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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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IL Equine Law


Under the Equine Activity Liability Act, each participant who engages in an equine activity expressly assumes the risks of engaging in and legal responsibility for injury, loss, or damage to person or property resulting from the risk of equine activities.  (Sign posting required.)