How to inspect your horse's legs, and what to look for!
Taking a few moments every day to inspect and touch all of your horse’s legs is a great investment in his health! Even the smallest of cuts and scrapes can cause major complications, especially over a joint. Mystery swellings and spots of heat can quickly escalate into big problems. Finding these bumps and cuts early can help your horse return to 100% soon!
The Power of Ponies!
Ponies are a few things - adorably cute, feisty, and quite often a bit devilish. While ponies may be smaller, they are still as mighty as their larger horse counterparts. Ponies are also a bit trickier to care for simply due to their size. It’s not just bending over to pick out those feet - ponies are often a challenge to care for in other areas.
One of the most heartbreaking diseases that can happen to a horse is laminitis.
Laminitis is the inflammation of the laminae, which is the "velcro" that surrounds the hoof’s coffin bone and glues it to the hoof wall. Learn more about what to look for and some risk factors, as well.
When you dig into how ice therapies work, you see that there are many short and long term benefits to this easy and inexpensive way to pamper your horse.
Inflammation can be visible to the eye, as in the case of an injury, or deep inside tissues, as is the case after your horse has exercised. Either situation can be supported by ice therapy to help your horse recover and heal.
No matter the discipline, English or Western, horses perform a variety of jobs that all put stress on their joints, their backs, and the soft tissues in their legs. Even the seemingly low impact trail horse or western pleasure horse needs supportive and therapeutic care during their athletic years. It’s not just the spinning reining horses and the lightening quick barrel horses that should be getting all of the attention!
The trail horse is an athlete, too! And his legs are carrying weight, moving over uneven terrain, and undergoing repetitive motions. You can (and should!) treat his legs and body just as you would any other sport horse!