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Horse Grooming Services Gardner MA

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T.L.C. Pet Salon
(978) 632-1644
313 Pleasant St.
Gardner, MA
Description
T.L.C. Pet Salon is owned/operated by Christine Dwyer. With an Associates Degree in Canine Science from Newbury Jr. College and over 20 years experience, we provide full service grooming for dogs in a clean spacious environment. Bring your dog in for some tender loving care where noone cares more for your pet than us- except you. Open by appointment only, Tues.-Sat.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Vet Referred

Donna's Doggie Day Spa
(978) 342-1540
147 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg, MA
Description
Donna's Doggie Day Spa is located within a boarding and doggie daycare facility. A full service specialty spa featuring cage free fluff drying, specialized skin care, mixed breed hair styling and elderly and handicapped dog grooming.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Canine Cuts LLC
(978) 270-3113
391 Harvard Street
Leominster, MA
Description
We are dedicated to help your family pet be as comfortable and stress free as possible. We offer the highest standard of care, cleanliness, and modern grooming skills to ensure your four legged friend has an enjoyable visit. Grooming is by appointment only. Urgent appointments available - who wants to wait for a de-skunking! Open Monday-Saturday. Call or book online.
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, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Paradise Pet Spa Inc
(978) 422-0200
29 Legate Hill Rd
Sterling, MA
Description
Lisa and Jamie have 18 yrs combined experience. We groom all breeds and all sizes of dogs. We gently hand dry all our dogs. Our goal is for your dog to have a positve and enjoyable grooming. We specialize in older dogs with anxiety and dogs with skin problems.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Daycare Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

The Snooty Pooch Pet Spa
(603) 209-5099
229 Monadnock St.
Troy, NH
Description
Our groomers have years of experience grooming all breeds of cats and dogs. Clean and calm atmosphere. Now offering pickups and dropoffs in our local area. Open Monday-Saturday anytime you need.
Services
Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services

Sirius Services
(978) 632-4265
P.O. Box 437
Westminster, MA
Description
Sirius Services is pleased to offer professional grooming, boarding and training services in a quiet home environment. Semi-private appointments are available with most dogs being completed in under three hours. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
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

Professional Grooming by Donna
(978) 400-8664
147 John Fitch Highway
Fitchburg, MA
Description
With over 15 years experience, Donna is now the exclusive groomer at Preppy Pet Suites Boarding Daycare and Spa. All breeds welcome. Professional clipping and scissoring. No cage drying. Spa shampoos, nail clipping and buffing, teeth brushing.

Rachel's Pooch Palace
(508) 886-6660
17 Ware Road
Rutland, MA
Description
Where pets are treated like Royalty! Professional Groomer and Owner, Rachel Dolan is a graduate of The Massachusetts School Of Pet Grooming and specializes in the individual needs of your pooch. Her goal is to provide professional and personal service to ensure a positive grooming experience for your precious pet. Services are offered by appointment only.

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

Sittin Pretty Pet Parlor
(978) 827-6599
2 S Pleasant St
Ashburnham, 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.)