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Dr. Robert Miller on the Tragedy of Lameness

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Renowned equine veterinarian Dr. Robert Miller hits the nail on head regarding every equestrian’s foe: horse lameness.

“Anybody that’s had horses for any length of time has probably experienced the tragedy of lameness,” Dr. Miller says,  and so he generously explains what every horse needs to know to prevent lameness in his new 93-minute DVD, “Lameness: Its Causes & Prevention.”

It’s available on HorseBooksEtc. for $39.95, and is a must-have for any horse owner’s library, because as the last part of its title promises, many lameness issues can be prevented.

“Why do some horses seem to effortlessly stay sound while others seem to be lame constantly?” Dr. Miller asks, and sadly, a large part of the time, the answer seems to be because of human mistakes.

In ”Lameness: Its Causes & Prevention,” Dr. Miller explains that he believes there are 11 major causes of lameness: age, defective conformation, nutrition, lack of exercise, injury from an unsafe environment, ­inappropriate ground surfaces, improper foot care, laminitis, infection, genetics and too much work at too young an age.

Notice that more than half of those causes are preventable.

Of course, Dr. Miller doesn’t just present the problem–like any good veterinarian, he offers solutions. This ground-breaking video includes information on the latest procedures in treating lameness, as well as natural hoof care.
Dr. Miller teams up with several experts for the DVD, including Practical Horseman’s own Conformation Clinic columnist, Julie Winkel, who provides a detailed conformation clinic on her own stallions to explain how your horse’s anatomy contributes to soundness.

Lameness: Its Causes & Prevention“ also covers Dr. Miller’s technique for detecting lameness, the most innovative methods of veterinary treatment and how hoof care contributes to soundness. A proponent of natural hoof trimming, he concedes that not all horses can or should go without shoes.

Dr. Miller stresses that some causes of lameness are preventable—namely crippling horses by asking them to do work they’re not mature enough to handle and asking them to work in unnatural head carriages. He contends that we owe a great debt to horses—who only want to please us—and that we should reconsider our destructive practices.

“In my decades of practice as an equine veterinarian, lameness was a problem I dealt with daily,” Dr. Miller says.

“This DVD details what I have learned about what causes lameness, and how to prevent it. I discuss age, defective conformation, nutrition, lack of exercise, injury from an unsafe environment, inappropriate ground surfaces, improper foot care, laminitis, infection, genetics and the most detrimental of all, too much work at too young an age.
“Included are chapters on physiology and keeping your horse sound.

“You’ll see how I ascertain where a horse is lame, something that’s often quite confusing, as well as the latest innovative ways of treating lameness, with Shane Miller, DVM.  Julie Winkel’s Conformation Clinic and Mary Cottrill’s Natural Hoof Trimming chapters provide insight into how your horse’s anatomy and hoof care contribute to soundness.”

About Dr. Robert M. Miller: Robert M. Miller is a world-renowned speaker and author on horse behavior and natural horsemanship.  He’s also father of the revolutionary foal training technique known as “Imprint Training.” An author of best-selling books and DVD’s, Dr. Miller is also a proponent and mentor of the natural horsemanship movement.

After graduation from Colorado State University, Dr. Miller settled in Thousand Oaks, California, where he founded the Conejo Valley Veterinary Clinic.  Thirty-one years later, he retired as a renowned veterinarian and expert in ethology (the study of animal behavior).

Dr. Miller has visited every continent giving lectures to colleges, conventions for animal groups, horse organizations, breed associations and other clients.   He has received numerous professional awards for his involvement with equine associations, production of videos, and lecturing.  He has authored several books, and his acute sense of humor and love of cartoons have provided seven veterinary cartoon books.

Dr. Miller has been on the editorial staff of  Veterinary Medicine, Modern Veterinary Practice, Veterinary Forum, and Western Horseman and other horse magazines.  He is internationally known for his lectures and seminars.
Dr. Miller retired from his veterinary practice in 1987 in order to devote his full time to the teaching of equine behavior and to support the revolution in horsemanship that began in the Western United States in the late 20th Century and is now a worldwide phenomenon.

He is best known for his scientifically based system of training newborn foals.  Called imprint training, if done correctly, it is the fastest, and most profound method of permanently shaping a horse’s responses and attitude.   Imprint training is now in use all over the world.

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