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"I can make a General in 15 minutes but a good  horse is hard to replace."  By Abraham Lincoln

Please bring any problems you note to Joanie's or an officer's attention.  It may be nothing, or it can be serious.  It is better to be safe than sorry.  Please remember that these are special needs horses, and require extra care and attention.  Before you attempt to doctor the horse, make sure you know what you are doing.  It is best to have someone demonstate the correct way of performing a procedure rather than attempting to do it on your own.
Some of our horses need to be treated with DMSO.  Horses requiring treatment are listed in the medical records book in the feedroom.  Before attempting to apply DMSO for the first time, have an experienced member show you the correct procedure. 
Sheath cleaning should be done as needed, with a minimum of twice a year.  Please do not attempt to do this on your own.  You will usually need a partner to keep the horse occupied.  Do  not sheath clean if you have long fingernails.  This procedure should be done with great care and allow  yourself enough time to do it correctly.  If you have never sheath cleaned before, have an experienced member demonstate the correct way to do this. 


Some of our horses must wear fly masks either in the summer or even year round.  Put fly masks on inside out or with the rough seams facing outward away from the horse's face and eyes.  Fly masks should fit slightly snugly not tightly.  They should not press against the horse's eyes or dig into the flesh. 

Approaching a Horse

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Keep in mind that many of our horses have average sized heads and small fly masks may not be appropriate.  Finally, always use clean fly masks in order to prevent causing eye infections! All fly masks are to be washed with warm soapy water and rinsed well after removal.  Then hung on the clothes line to dry.

Horse Protection Society of NC
2135 Miller Rd,  China Grove, NC  28023
(704) 855-2978
501(c)3 Nonprofit