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Horse Grooming Services Mechanicsville VA

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Premiere Petsitting
(757) 253-2880
Richmond, VA
Services
Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, Pet Transportation, Pooper Scooper Service, House Sitting, Errand Service, Grooming, Overnight Sitting, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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Pups'n Sudz?
804-730-SUDZ (7839)
7999 Creighton Pkwy
Mechanicsville, VA
Description
Pups n Sudzis a do it yourself dog wash in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Grooming is available by appointment.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Petite Pet Inn and Spa
(804) 622-1556
3010 Hilliard Rd.
Richmond, VA
Description
Petite Pet Inn and Spa specializes in grooming dogs 25 lbs or 13" and under. We are a full service salon that also offers boarding and daycare in a luxurious setting. Caryl Gardner is an excellent groomer with a reputation of gentle and tender care for those difficult to groom tiny ones.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Sitting Services, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Heavenly Clips
(804) 798-7805
12100 Washington Hwy.
Ashland, VA
Description
Heavenly Clips is a full service grooming salon dedicated to providing professional pet grooming for cats and dogs. We want to make your pet's grooming experience as enjoyable as possible. Every pet feels better after a soothing bath and stylish clip or trim. Pet photography is also available at the time of your pet's grooming. Call today to schedule an appointment!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred

Ridge Dog Shop Inc.
(804) 289-0605
1505 Parham Road
Richmond, VA
Description
Pamper your four-legged friends with a trip to Ridge Dog Shop today. We offer professional grooming and bathing services for dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments. We carry supplies and apparel too! Come in today!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Bow Wow Kitty
(804) 308-0873
Richmond, VA
Services
Pet Massage, Mail/Newspaper Retrieval, House Sitting, Pet Transportation, Behavior Modification, Pooper Scooper Service, Dog Training, Grooming, Errand Service, Overnight Pet Boarding, Alternating Lights/Curtains, Daily Dog Walks
Membership Organizations
Pet Sitters International

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PETS at PLAY
(804) 343-7387
320 North 25th Street
Richmond, VA
Description
We are a full service grooming salon. We also offer day care and boarding. Let your dog play all day and get groomed before going home.
Services
Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Sophisticuts Pet Salon
(804) 576-7853
10207 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA
Description
Sandra is an Award Winning Certified Master Groomer, winning Best All Around Groomer-2004-2005, a Silver Medal at Intergroom-2006, and many other placements in shows across the east coast. She grooms a limited amount of pets per day so each dog receives all the attention and affection they deserve. Experience the difference between assembly line grooming, and one on one pet styling.
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, Pet Daycare Services, Retail Pet Products Available, Vet Referred, Show Grooming Services

Cats Only Grooming
(804) 368-7017
12335 Ashcake road
Ashland, VA
Description
Cats Only grooming, all breeds with over 20 years experience grooming and exhibiting cats. Licenced veterinary technician
Services
Cat Grooming Services, Vet Referred

Ridge Dog Shop, Inc.
(804) 288-0605
1505 Parham Road
Richmond, VA
Description
Pamper your four-legged friends with a trip to Ridge Dog Shop. We offer professional grooming and bathing services for dogs of all sizes, breeds and temperaments. We carry supplies and apparel too! Come see us Today!
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , 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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