The head bob is the obvious start, but there are a few different ways you may notice lameness while riding.
Laminitis can be defined as inflammation of the laminae that anchor the coffin bone within the hoof capsule.
Another term that may be encountered in discussions about laminitis is founder, which refers to the rotational and downward movement of the coffin bone within the hoof capsule. This sometimes occurs in severe cases of laminitis due to the breakdown of these crucial laminar attachments.
Because horses no longer live the grazing lifestyle of their wild kin, they need dental care to ensure that the dental arcade is balanced and they have no problematic oral issues. A veterinarian should complete an oral exam on a regular basis to ensure your horse is able to eat and perform happily and healthfully.
We know that the hoof is the primary cause of lameness in a horse. As the saying goes, “No hoof, no horse”. To set your horse up for success in the long term, the first thing we’re looking for is that balanced hoof. To understand your horse's hoof balance, we'll look at the dorsal/palmar relationship, the medial/lateral relationship, the symmetry of the solar surface, and the medial/lateral heel relationship.
Burdocks mature in the fall, and cause plenty of problems for our equines. Burrs get knotted into forelocks, manes, tails, and, uncomfortably, eyes. Little tiny burrs fly about and get into their eyes and underneath their eyelids in the conjunctiva or cornea. We don't mess around with eye issues in our horses, so read on about what we need to do for our horses.