Horses are extremely active animals. From racing and jumping to strategically controlling their movements through disciplines like dressage, they are likely to suffer from many different conditions involving swelling and inflammation in their bodies, especially in their legs. Curb is a rare condition that directly affects the hock and can result in severe lameness.
Dehydration in horses during the winter is more of an issue than most people tend to think. Horses tend to be thirstier in the winter. A horse’s thirst mechanism does not always work as effectively in the winter as it does in the summer, especially if the humidity is high.
The winter causes many horse owners to be particularly cautious of their horse’s health care. The rain, ice, wind, snow, and mud can cause all kinds of problems for your equine partner. Cold winter weather means that our horses may be spending more time inside their stall.
Your horse's neck is an amazing system with over a hundred different muscles and seven large vertebrae. Regardless of the similarities, each horse has a different structure and unique posture - just like people. This causes a difference in physical appearance, ability, and even behavior.
A horse’s nature and their environment can contribute to scrapes, bruises, cuts, punctures, and all sorts of different trauma to the legs. Usually, these are not serious, and the swelling goes away easily. However, horses are also susceptible to a more challenging type of limb swelling called cellulitis.
Dr. Carla Francheville graduated from vet school in 2003, then went on to study at the Chi Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2004. She quickly noticed the surplus of general equine veterinarians as well as the need for more specialized services in SW Florida—particularly lameness and sports medicine.