We asked Charlotte's owner and rider, Cortney, some questions about what it's like to take care of Charlotte - the feathers, the legs, and going to shows. All while breaking the mold of what a typical eventing horse is.
Tell us about Charlotte! My mare Charlotte is 9 years old this year, described on her registration as bay with white hairs throughout. In person she looks very roan. With a large white blaze. Her personality is so willing to please no matter who the person is. Her eyes are so soft and have such a personality its like you can tell what she is thinking. She has very large hooves and a beautiful thick tail. Her only conformation flaw is her severe parrot mouth!
My Clydesdale is registered through the USA Clydesdale registration (clydesusa.com). Her registered name is HBR’s Northwest Commander’s Caden, but we call her Charlotte. Her dam was bread on the Northwest Clydesdale farm then sold while pregnant to a farm in Gig Harbor called HBR where Charlotte was born on May 10th 2008. She was raised on the farm for about a year, then sold to an HBR family member who started her under saddle. In July 2011 she was then sold to a lady that did mostly trail riding with her.
Laminitis can happen at any time - although most cases happen in the spring and fall. Some studies have even found that laminitis happens more in the fall. Here are five things to remember about laminitis, your horse, and the changing seasons.
The largest and most distal bone in the horse’s leg is the coffin bone. This critical bone has other names, such as distal phalanx, third phalanx, or even P3 for the abbreviation fans. The coffin bone is the hoof shaped bone that attaches to the laminae in the hoof. The coffin joint is the intersection between the coffin bone and the next bone up, the short pastern bone. Which is also called the second phalanx or P2. Adding one more bone to the mix, the navicular bone sits behind the coffin bone and below the small pastern bone. There’s a patch of cartilage between the navicular bone and the coffin joint, and a patch of cartilage between the navicular bone and associated tendons. The navicular area also has a bursa, which is a sack of fluid that helps the tendons within the hoof glide around.
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.