Equine Health – Part II

Top Horse Health Care Concerns – Continued

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Laminitis: Inflammation of internal structures of the hoof is known as laminitis. Symptoms include lying down, extremely sensitive and hot feeling hooves. If not treated, your horse can become lame for life. Caused by a variety of factors – including stress from surgery or other diseases, eating too much grain, and working on too hard of ground. Your Vet can help relieve symptoms with use of anti-inflammatory drugs, orthodics and treatment of the main cause.

Managing Chronic Laminitis

From: The Horse.com

Each morning Chrisbell Bednar of Oregonia, Ohio, brings her 16-year-old mare, Brynn, in from overnight grazing and crosses her fingers that the mare’s grazing muzzle is still intact.

“If the muzzle is off, I’ll start to a panic as I try to figure out how much grass she’s eaten and how long she might have had it off,” Bednar says. Even though the Morgan cross spends the night in a closely mowed paddock, there is still the chance she’s overeaten the sugar-rich -grasses.

Confirming the grazing muzzle is in place is just the first hurdle of the day; next, Bednar carefully weighs Brynn’s hay and measures a small amount of low nonstructural carbohydrate feed. Such is life caring for a horse with chronic laminitis.

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Other Hoof Problems Horse’s spend a great deal of time standing, so it makes sense that problems are likely to develop with their hooves. Abscesses can develop when a sharp object such as a stone or nail gets lodged in the structure of the hoof. Your horse will try to keep any pressure off that hoof and likely hold it up. Your Vet will need to drain the abscess and treat your horse with medications so a further worse infection does not develop.

How-To Poultice Your Horse’s Hoof

From: The Horse.com

Sharon Spier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, University of California, Davis, shows you how to apply a poultice to your horse’s hoof to combat hoof abscesses.

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Tying Up One of the common names for exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER) disease. Severe muscle pain, cramping and muscle degeneration – with these symptoms: stiff or stilted gait, soreness in the back or hind limbs, cramping, and reluctance to move. You will most likely notice this after a horse has been doing more activity or having a greater workload than usual. But the workload is typically not the only cause. There are a great many factors that can come into play – mineral imbalances, overfeeding of grains, cold weather and more. Rest your horse immediately if you see these symptoms and call your Vet.

Tying-Up Syndrome

From: The Horse.com

Tying-up is a syndrome or description of a horse with muscle damage that has many different causes. It probably is one of the most misunderstood and controversial syndromes in the athletic horse. Since there are several causes, some of which appear to be inherited, there is no single cure. Typical signs of tying-up include a horse which becomes stiff, sweats, and is reluctant to move.

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Parasites As any horse owner knows, fighting parasites is a constant task. Horses are continually exposed to a large variety of internal and external parasites since they are outdoors much of the time. To keep your horse healthy, you must learn as much as you can about equine care, how to spot external parasites, and recognizing symptoms of parasitical infections.

Pasture Management for Parasite Control

From: The Horse.com

Horses grazing lush green pastures paint an idyllic picture. But things might not be as serene as they seem—these animals could be ingesting harmful parasites with each bite. Researchers have shown that on most horse farms the vast majority of “internal” parasites lurk in pastures, waiting to be consumed.

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