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hello. can i hand rub my horse's lower legs to improve blood circulation? do tell me whether to rub gently or harder?

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Rubbing any extremity can help improve circulation, but with a horse you do have to be careful that you don't rub too hard, as the legs can be very delicate and injured by harsh rubbing.  Simply grooming with a semi-soft brush should be enough to help stimulate circulation - with a healthy horse there shouldn't be a need for any extra help with that.  

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Lisa Lee

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Questions on basic training, fire safety with all types of animals, transportation questions, Fire Code requirements for buildings (NYS), basic building construction, fire safety in barns and animal facilities.

Experience

Over 20 years experience in the horse industry, from working on farms to owning and breeding my own horses. Have been involved with Code Enforcement and NFPA Standard development for the past 7 years. I am also involved in the Fire Service, both volunter and professionally, for a total of 20+ years.

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Past - NFPA, current, Easy Street Horse Rescue (Board of Directors)

Education/Credentials
Multiple National Certifications in the Fire Service, including Fire Service Instructor, Fire Investigator Level 1, Hazardous Materials Technician; and I am curently close to the completion of my AS in Fire Science Technology. Over 20 years experience working with horses both personally and professionally, currently owner of 2 Paso Fino horses.

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