>>Back to Equine Health – Part I
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.
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.
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.
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.