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Rood & Riddle vet offers tips on ex-racehorses

Q: Can you offer any pointers for judging a jog or watching a horse walk in hand?
A: I always tell people to use all of their senses- look and listen. Watch the head for obvious things like a “head-bob”. “Down on the sound” is a phrase many people use. A horse’s head is extremely heavy. When they are sore on one limb or another, they attempt to take this weight off of the affected limb to ease the load.