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Managing the young horse for a sound future [H&H VIP]

From foalhood to 4 years is when young horses develop the foundations for future health and soundness. Jane Nixon MRCVS explores the physical issues during these crucial early stages

Youngsters tend to be green and gangly, with their bodies developing in fits and starts. But early identification of any developmental abnormalities among these more usual growth spurts is important, as many such problems predispose sub-optimal performance in adulthood.

Stallions at Stud