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Horse Grooming Services Southbridge MA

Local resource for horse grooming in Southbridge. Includes detailed information on local businesses that provide access to horse groomers, as well as advice and content on animal grooming, pet care, horse brushes, and horse auctions.

Bark, Bath 'n Beyond
(508) 341-8387
35 West Street
Douglas, MA

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The Dog Wash Boutique
(508) 248-5490
31A Southbridge Rd
Charlton, MA
Description
All breed grooming also cats. $5.00 OFF first visit. Call The Dog Wash to schedule your next pet grooming today.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Hand Stripping Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Vet Referred

The Pet Parlour
(508) 885-2052
67 Maple St.
Spencer, MA
Description
The Pet Parlour is owned and operated by Lori Bastardo. We are by appointment only and schedule Tuesday through Friday. The price of the groom varies by breed. The price includes nail trimming/grinding, ear cleaning/plucking, Spa quality shampoo and conditioner, blow dry and hair cut or neatening.
Services
Offers Mobile/House Call Grooming, Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Exotic Animal Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery, Pet Sitting Services

Waggin' Tails Dog Salon
(774) 276-9307
37 Linda Avenue
Millbury, MA
Description
Our dog groomer and owner, Morgan Lee, is a committed pet lover who endeavors to provide a friendly and enjoyable environment catering to all of your dog grooming needs.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Pet Pickup and Delivery

Winterhill Kennel
(508) 867-6929
76 Birch Hill Rd
West Brookfield, MA

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No Place Like Home Mobile Grooming and Pet Sitting Services
(413) 277-9887
72 Coffey Hill Rd
Ware, MA

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Precious Furs Pet Resort, LLC.
(508) 987-2927
13 Lovett Road
Oxford, MA
Description
Full service grooming of all breeds of dogs and cats by a National Certified Master Groomer.
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Offers Large Dog (70+ Pounds) Grooming Services, Show Grooming Services

Cedarwood Kennels
(508) 864-6519
114 S. Spencer Rd.
Spencer, MA
Description
I am a professional pet groomer. Formally of the Village Dog Shoope Worcester. I became a groomer because of my love for animals and enjoy sharing that love through grooming. My goal is to create, elegant,will balence dog. I offer complete custom grooming for poodles, terriers, toy breeds and mixes weighing up to 40 lbs.I will also groom Cats. Grooming hours are by appointment: 508- 864-6519
Services
Grooms most/all breeds of dogs, Special Care Appointments , Cat Grooming Services, Livestock Grooming services, Vet Referred

Bark & Bubbles
(508) 347-3773
562 Main St
Fiskdale, MA

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Laurie's Dog Grooming
(508) 476-1130
15 Franklin St
Douglas, 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.)