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Sole Bruising and Abscesses in Horse Hooves: Common Hoof Problems

Sole Bruising and Abscesses in Horse Hooves: Common Hoof Problems

Bruising and Abscess in Horse Hooves Bruising and abscess need not occur together. It is possible however for bruising to develop into an abscess. A bruise on a hoof can simply be identified as a reddish area on the soft portion of the hoof. An abscess on the other hand may not be immediately detected. [...]

Sand Cracks – Common Hoof Problems

Sand Cracks – Common Hoof Problems

Common Hoof Problems: Sand Cracks Sand cracks are vertical cracks in the hoof and can cause a number of problems to the horse. If left untreated, your horse may experience discomfort and perform poorly. Let’s talk more about sand cracks and what you can do about them. Causes of Sand Cracks in Horse Hooves Sand [...]

Horse Corns – Common Hoof Problems

Horse Corns – Common Hoof Problems

Horse Corns – Common Hoof Problems Humans aren’t the only ones who get foot corns. Horses can develop them too. The condition may actually be much worse for horses since they never really get to pull their feet out of their shoes for a rest. Horse Corns Corns in horses are really a type of [...]

Equine Dental Problems

Equine Dental Problems

Equine Dental Problems Just like humans, horses can also suffer from dental problems. In fact, horses can experience many types of dental problems. It is important to keep your horse’s mouth and teeth in good condition to prevent dental problems. There are quite a number of equine dental problems that could arise. Your horse could [...]

Horse – White Line Disease

Horse – White Line Disease

Horse РWhite Line Disease White line disease is a condition that affects the health of the horse’s hoof. The condition becomes more evident when the hoof wall disconnects from the laminae. The disease could cause the external hoof wall to become noticeably dry and brittle. Once the condition approaches deterioration, the hoof tends to [...]

Common Equine Tarsal/Hock Disorders

Common Equine Tarsal/Hock Disorders

Common types of equine hock disorders: Spavin Spavin has two forms: bog spavin or tarsal hydrarthorsis and bone spavin. Bog spavin occurs when there is chronic synovitis or excessive fluid accumulation in the joint capsule. As a result of these fluids the joint appear bloated. A predisposing condition to bog spavin is a faulty bone [...]

Equine Tying-Up Syndrome

Equine Tying-Up Syndrome

Equine Tying-Up Syndrome Tying-up is the layman term for exertional rhadomyolysis. Other synonyms include: azoturia, paralytic myoglobinuria, exertional myopathy, cording-up, and Monday morning disease. Despite the numerous names, this condition is traced to muscle problems associated with either nutrition (metabolic factors) and/or exercise. Although it affects horses of all ages and both sexes, the condition [...]

Stringhalt

Stringhalt

Stringhalt in Horses Stringhalt is a condition where a horse involuntarily over flexes its hind legs. It is possible for only one or for both of the legs to be affected. Most cases of stringhalt happen when a horse is already a bit older and has had a lot of experience with work and training. [...]

Moon Blindness

Moon Blindness

Moon Blindness It isn’t easy handling a horse with moon blindness. For some owners, the difficulty may stem partly from not knowing what the disease really is. Even if you think your horse is not at risk, you should find out as much as you can about this condition. What it Is Moon Blindness As [...]

Choke in Horses

Choke in Horses

Definition of Choke Choke is one digestive disturbance common in horses. The condition occurs when a substance, usually feed material, is lodged in the esophagus causing an obstruction in the upper digestive tract. Although rarely life threatening, choke is a source of discomfort that may lead the horse to sustain unnecessary injury as the animal [...]