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To Blanket or Not to Blanket…

This is the question of the season! And my answer is… it depends. The four conditions that help me make this decision are: the horse’s body condition, use, natural hair-coat and living conditions.

Body condition – Staying warm requires energy. Hard keepers such as horses in heavy work or older horses don’t need that extra calorie drain can benefit from a blanket and the amount saved in hay and grain may even pay for the blanket! In addition, feeding these hard keepers lots of high quality hay will also keep them warm. Digestion of forages creates a significant amount of heat, in addition to preventing boredom, ulcers, etc. Turn on your horse’s inner furnace! Click here to read more....
Preventing Laminitis

Founder, or laminitis, is inflammation of the connective tissues of the hoof, to put it simply, but it is far from a simple process! If you have ever bent a fingernail back you understand how uncomfortable inflammation and tearing of these connective tissues can be and we don’t have to walk on only four fingernails like our equine counterparts. This delicate process has become a special interest of mine and this article barely brushes the surface as the research is endless. Click here to read more....
What is chiropractic?

Chiropractic is a therapy that is used to primarily treat disorders of the musculoskeletal and nervous systems. The purpose of a chiropractic adjustment is to identify and restore joint mobility in joints that have become hypomobile or restricted in their movement. Click here to read more....
The articles listed below are from previous newsletters, emailed to current clients quarterly and address many questions horse owners have. All articles are written by Dr. Franck.