In the past few years, evidence of a genetic problem has been seen in the Connemara breed. A number of ponies have shown a condition in which the outer hoof wall splits away from the inner hoof structure.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a progressive degradation of articular cartilage that is a common cause of lameness for athletic horses. Oral supplementation of compounds that prevent cartilage degradation or joint injury is an attractive solution for lameness.
As you’re grooming your mare, you notice she has a large, soft swelling on the front of her left knee. She’s not lame, but you call the veterinarian anyway. The vet examines the leg and tells you that your mare has a hygroma.
Horses used in the game of polo are asked to sprint at top speed, turn sharply, and make sudden stops,.The nature of the game puts both ponies and players in a position to sustain injuries.
A water treadmill is a good piece of equipment to use in some post-injury conditioning programs because it keeps the horse in a natural position, cushions hoof and leg concussive forces, and encourages use of the same muscular action as when a horse is being ridden.
An injury to a major tendon used to signal the end of a horse’s useful career. Developments in tendon treatment, especially stem cell therapy, have greatly increased the chances of a good recovery.
At the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held in 2013, information was presented on the use of therapeutic hypothermia, or cooling, to prevent the progression of laminitic changes in equine hooves.
It’s hard to miss signs of serious lameness: the horse is reluctant to move, obviously favors one limb when walking, and shows a classic head-bob at the trot. It's not that easy to tell whether a horse is a bit “off” in his gaits.
When a newborn foal stands for the first time, many comment on the baby’s incredibly long legs. Their gangly limbs have been folded inside the uterus, and the restricted space can led to forelegs that are not completely straight at birth.
Researchers have discovered several effective ways to treat tendon injuries, and ongoing work is refining these methods for improved results.
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