The stifle joint functions to flex and extend the hind leg, moving your horse along. The passive stay apparatus that locks your horse’s hind leg so the other one can rest is also part of the stifle joint’s function. When comparing anatomy to the human skeleton, the stifle joint is equivalent to the knee. However, the human knee is straight when we are standing, and the stifle is angled when the horse is standing.
What’s the big deal about icing horse hooves?
If you have ever seen a horse with laminitis, you understand the agony and suffering that goes on. It’s horrible. Doing everything you can to prevent such a situation will help your horse have a better life! There are several situations that horses can find themselves in that warrant some ice therapy on their hooves as a preventive measure. All in the name of pain relief, reducing inflammation, and helping to prevent laminitis!
What are splint injuries in horses?
Splints are a fairly common occurrence in horses, and for the most part they are fairly benign where the small splint bone of the lower leg is fractured, or the accompanying tendon is injured. It’s always critical to involve your Veterinarian for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan, as some splint injuries can be critical.
What are some risk factors for your horse developing laminitis?
As horse owners, laminitis is a nightmare that we don't want to deal with. Knowing your horse, inside and out, and monitoring his health and hooves daily go a long way to preventing laminitis. But there are also certain risk factors that your horse may carry with him. Learn more about some laminitis risk factors.
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What does the changing of season from summer to fall mean for my horse and the risk of laminitis?
I’ll bet that every single horse owner understands that spring grass is super high in sugar, and therefore a bit risky for some horses developing laminitis. But, in the fall, there’s a totally different mechanism to understand and manage when it comes to your horse and the risk of laminitis. It involves your horse and his body naturally making more ACTH in the fall. It’s always a good idea to work directly with your horse’s Veterinarian for specifics, and how your horse’s individual ACTH level changes and needs to be managed. Managing laminitis risk is also more than just managing access to pasture and sugars, so be sure that you and your Vet are looking at the whole picture - bloodwork, exercise levels, previous incidences, lots of stuff.
Of the many things that can affect your horse's hooves, bruises can be tricky to diagnose and treat. With multiple possible causes, hoof bruises can create lameness and possibly advance into abscesses and laminitis for your horse. Involving your Veterinarian and using supportive treatments, such as icing, can help your horse heal from a horse bruise quickly.