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Lameness of the horse

Lameness of the horse

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If You like a good, respectable breeder, to my surprise I suddenly noticed that Your horse really can not rely on foot, or one toe started to bleed, you should immediately call the vet. The case can be quite serious, because without qualified medical education there is not enough.

If the horse is at least sometimes gets on his bad leg, he carefully inspect the limb. This will help to introduce hastening to the aid of a veterinarian in the course of the case. Of course, the vet will also examine Your pet, but two people will be able to notice more than one.

The initial inspection of sore feet

For a start, let’s see if the lame leg of the horse of any suspicious tumors, cuts or wounds. To do this, swipe your palm on the leg from top to bottom, then lift and carefully inspect the leg. Be sure to pay attention to hoof the Corolla, at this point often starts an abscess.

Well, if the lameness is due to stuck in the soles of the pebble or other foreign object (debris). Then using hoof kruchka that You always clear the horse, gently remove the foreign object.

Let’s see how is Your horse in a relaxed state. Please note, if she leaned back or forward to shift the weight from his sore feet healthy. The body of the horse can take for inflammation of the hooves.

If You are unable to determine which of the four legs are damaged, note the walking horse. In trot when stepping with the injured leg the animal will twitch up his head. In this case, inspection is better, so the horse was led by someone else: in this case, You will be able to watch the progress of Your animal from the side. However, this diagnosis of lameness’t work, if the animal has damaged one of the front legs.

If the horse is to send to walk on a hard surface, e.g. pavement, note which leg the sound of the hooves weaker. Indeed, cocone from damaged legs will be muted, because the horse will try gently to put it.

If these tests have helped you understand what the problem is, call the vet and share your concerns. Based on this information, the doctor will prescribe any medication to a horse and tell what period the animal will need a rest. When the horse has a strong limp, insisting on the arrival of a veterinarian for a complete overhaul specialist.

Veterinary inspection

During the examination the vet will palpate the horse’s legs to inspect the hooves, to seek out on the body hidden wounds, cuts or tumors. A good vet will also start to bend each joint to determine what hurts and how preserved its sensitivity. Most likely, the vet will ask You to put the horse, so now he was able to see the quality of the gaits of the horse.

In the end, I would like to say that it is not necessary to start the lameness! From timely initiation of treatment will depend on the total downtime of a damaged or diseased horses.

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