The Drylot Life

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The Drylot Life

Be it due to space restrictions, climate, or geography, not every owner has the luxury of turning horses out on expansive, nutrient-rich pastures. The devil is in the many details when it comes to keeping horses in good condition even without access to grass. Still, many horses live happy and healthy lives on drylots. This type of living arrangement does pose some basic challenges: dust, the potential for sand colic, balancing nutrient intake, insect control, herd health, and lack of free exercise, to name a few.

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Nancy S. Loving, DVM, owns Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, and has a special interest in managing the care of sport horses. Her book, All Horse Systems Go, is a comprehensive veterinary care and conditioning resource in full color that covers all facets of horse care. She has also authored the books Go the Distance as a resource for endurance horse owners, Conformation and Performance, and First Aid for Horse and Rider in addition to many veterinary articles for both horse owner and professional audiences.

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