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Horse Grooming Services Odessa TX

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Ashton's Groom Room
(432) 617-2547
610 N Grandview Ave
Odessa, TX
 
Ark Animal Hospital
(432) 367-5156
4250 Ne Loop 338
Odessa, TX
 
Universal Small Animal Clinic
(432) 362-0416
2801 John Ben Shepperd Pkwy
Odessa, TX

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Katie's Bugs Groom & Boarding
(432) 362-1700
3635 N Dixie Blvd
Odessa, TX

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University Small Animal Clinic & Hospital
(432) 362-0341
2801 John Ben Shepperd Pkwy
Odessa, TX
 
Eighth Street Animal Hospital
(432) 332-5782
2210 E 8th St
Odessa, TX
 
Melindas Grooming
(432) 368-4418
3807 E 52nd St
Odessa, TX
 
Humane Society Grooming By Karen
(432) 385-1085
7012 W Mockingbird Ln
Odessa, TX
 
Doggie Boutique
(432) 366-2275
4033 Maple Ave
Odessa, TX

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Pampered Pet Haven
(432) 550-9200
4700 Andrews Hwy
Odessa, TX
 
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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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