Young Horse Part 3: 18-24 Months



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The second year of a horse’s life brings significant changes not only in his development, but also in his use. Lanky yearlings, though perhaps still hip-or- wither- high, broaden and become more proportional. Fillies and stud colts show increasing sexual maturity. And, depending upon the intended discipline, an owner’s thoughts turn toward training. The changes during the 18-24-month period bring rewards, but they also carry health risks.

Ideally, a horse owner will monitor a foal’s development from birth — closely observing growth, conformation, nutrition, housing, socialization, and preventive care, but this free report provides tips on the basics of caring for a young horse – 18 to 24 months.


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Christy Corp-Minamiji, DVM, practices large animal medicine in Northern California, with particular interests in equine wound management and geriatric equine care. She and her husband have three children, and she writes fiction and creative nonfiction in her spare time.

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