Typically, a horse has primary lameness and secondary lameness with multiple layers of pain and by using acupuncture, it can be determined just how lame the horse is and where that lameness originates.
Horses that participate in careers in which they have to use their hind ends alot are more at risk of this condition. A potentially frustrating problem. This excellent article gives a detailed insight into causes, diagnoses and treatments. Well worth a read.
Using water therapy is an incredibly effective way to condition horses before training, to help to heal injuries, to use as a tool to "let down" fit horses at the end of a season, and so many more uses. Always use qualified practitioners to rehab your horse as there can be health issues to watch out for.
Horse owners provide their horses all the right things – clean, fresh water, excellent quality forage like alfalfa or timothy hay, and supplements. (Read our latest blog on horse health and take our blog survey!
Using techniques like lymphatic massage and gently manipulating how the horse weights itself can help manually flush the system and help clear out the waste material, allowing healing nutrients to move into the area.
Learn how to identify good health in horses and ponies. Guidelines include instructions on how to take your horse's or pony's pulse, respiration, and temperature, normal ranges, and when to call the veterinarian.
A good basic guide to understanding what a healthy horse looks like and how to tell when your horse is unwell. Learn what your horses respiration rate should be and how to take it and lots of other good stuff we all should know.
Now that our weather is changing and our need for outdoor arenas increase you may be finding yourself in a position to build one. These are costly investments and no one wants to waste money, and riding time, because of silly mistakes in construction. Take a minute to look over these common mistakes so as to avoid the pitfalls. Happy riding!!
If you breed horses you need to educate yourself with all the things that is associated with your pursuits. Dystocia is a subject every breeder dreads but must know about. Read up before your foal is born so that you are armed with knowledge should something go wrong. It could save your foal and your mares life. At the end of this article is a cool little video explaining your foals first few hours.
Prevention and dietary adjustment show promise in fending off joint pain in young horses. (HorseTalkNZ: Start early to prevent equine arthritis, researchers say: Prevention shows promise in fending off...
Looking after your young horses joints makes much more sense than having to deal with damaged joints in an older horse. Prevention is always better than cure. If arthritis can be fended off with glucosamine fed to youngsters in their feeds, then that has to be good news.
"A new study has identified a significant link between hind limb lameness and saddle slip. The research showed consistent saddle slip in some horses with hind limb lameness, even when the lameness is fairly subtle and difficult to detect.
Saddle slip in sport horses is a well-recognized problem that can occur for a variety of reasons, including asymmetry in the...."
Wood chewing horses: contrary to popular belief, and cute cartoons, it's not a conspiracy devised by cheeky horses. It's part of their normal behavioral repertoire. Here's how to keep your fences and your horses happy.
Do you have a wood chewer? Annoying and expensive isn't it. What do you think is the cause of this frustrating behaviour? Have you tried to stop your horse doing it? Has it worked? Let us know what has/has not worked for you.
Read to learn about the five major physiological systems of your horse that will strengthen as a result of physical conditioning and how that will contribute to its well being and help prevent injuries.
People have wanted a way to prevent shoe pulling without interfering with the horse’s comfort or movement. ShoeSecure does that and is safe when used as directed and that preventing shoe loss can spare horses months of layup time from broken hoof walls or coronet and heel bulb injuries.
Whoa!! could this be the answer to pulled shoes that we've all been waiting for? Sounds a simple idea - and they are usually the best. Easy solution for muddy turnout time, reiners forever pulling shoes, and any other horse that loses shoes. Let me know what you all think about this great idea.
Sugar Beet often gets misunderstood and a really good feed for all sorts of horses gets overlooked. This short article gives a clear overview of this particularly useful feed and dispels some of the common myths.
Horse Diseases – Tetanus. Tetanus is bacteria that get into the body through a wound or even through the umbilical cord stump in a new foal. Symptoms of Tetanus include early signs of colic as well as stiffness.
Tetanus is an incredibly serious condition. All horses with wounds are at risk especially if they are not vaccinated routinely. Be aware that the foals ,now arriving, can also succumb to tetanus through their umbilical cords. Take care with your horses health, take action if necessary.
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