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The danger of early stress on the horse

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Have you ever wondered how dangerous early riding horses? Why accepted to give the full load of the horse with only three years of age? In this article we will talk about the danger of early exercise for young horses from the point of view of experts.

So, let’s consider the structure of the spine of the horse.

1 — skull; 2 — cervical, 3 thoracic, 4 lumbar, 5 sacral, and 6 caudal vertebrae; 7 — ribs; 8 — blade; 9 — humerus; 10 — ulnar process; 11 — bones of the forearm; 12 — wrist; 13 — metacarpal bone; 14 — slate bone; 15-17 — phalanx of finger III; 18 — iliac bone; 19 — external and 20 internal iliac angles; 21 — ischial tuberosity; 22 — thigh; 23 — patellar bone; 24 — bones of the leg; 25 — calcaneus; 26 — Tarsus; 27 — metatarsal bone; 28 — slate bone; 29-31 — phalanx of III finger.

Fibers of an intervertebral disk are closely associated with the bone plates of the vertebra to which the horse until a certain age (this is just the first few years) is separated from the vertebral body cartilage tissue. The cranial plate begins to grow to vertebral body from about the age of the horse, and the caudal plate will start only after six to nine years of life of the animal. Agree, this is already quite an adult age for your pet! In a time when bone structure of the horse is not yet fully formed, and muscular-ligamentous apparatus is unable to support the spine in the dorso-ventral (i.e., vertical) and lateral flexion, early and excessive load on the spine young horses can lead to microtrauma of the tissues and blood vessels in the connection area of the ligaments and cartilage fibers to the bone. That is not just a painful sensation in the animal, but also threatens more serious complications in the future. And why do we need a horse, if not to work for the good of man, her master?

The result can form the so-called osteophytes is unwanted bone growth, which typically register in horses aged seven years in the thoracic spine from 10 th to 17th vertebra. It should be noted that most large osteophytes, usually formed between the 11th and 13th thoracic vertebrae, since it is here that occurs the maximum lateral (outer side) of the bending and twisting of the spine of the horse. The osteophytes may appear as ventral (lower) and lateral (outer) surface of the vertebral body. Osteophytes are a special and sensitive issue for both horses and veterinarians.

Take care of your horse! Health animal today very expensive in the literal sense of the phrase!

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