Thought4 the day: Snow!!! how hard does it try to make things when not all of us are lucky to have our horses in our back garden? Some are fortunate and have a 5 minute or ten minute trundle to their friends. Then you have others that its going to take 45 mins to walk there. If i tried it would take me a good hour and a half! Thank god we have a landrover!!! God send it is as that way we can still... get to them. Even thou the founder is on site it wouldn't be fair letting her deal with all 35 horses and ponies! Why though does snow make the world literally stop! Its as if everything grinds to a halt? The thing is people and animals still need feeding? Spare a thought for people who are elderly near you perhaps see if they have all they need and the same if you know someone that has a way to go to get to their horses but you are closer offer that hand of friendship and help each other. Where would be at times if everyone just ignored! Stretch out those hands today most importantly please make sure all elderly are catered for :o)
Quote 4the day: "The rider must listen into the horse, in order to judge when the moment for an aid has come, which aid is needed and how intense it must be. He must know how to create or wait for the right circumstances, to prepare the horse.~ Gustav von Dreyhausen
Fact4 the day: The Front Legs- The Knee
Medial Carpal Deviation/ Carpus Valgus/ Knock-Kneed
One or both knees deviate inward toward each other, with the lower leg angles out, resulting in a toed-out stance. Occurs because of an unequal development of the growth plate of distal radius, with the outside growth plate growing faster than inside. The bottom of the forearm seems to incline inward.
Any horse can inherit this, but it may also be acquired from imbalanced nutrition leading to developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) or a traumatic injury to growth plate.
The horse is most suited for pleasure riding, low-impact, and low speed events * The medial supporting ligaments of the carpus will be under excess tension. May cause soundness problems in the carpals or supporting ligaments. Horse also tends to toe-out, causing those related problems.
Some research is beginning to indicate that deviation of the front leg in this way will reduce the injuries to horses with sport use, especially racing, the research done in Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses
Even in his statue, Seabiscuit was visibly over at the knees
Bucked, Sprung, or Goat Knees/ Over at the Knee
Knee inclines forward, in front of a plumb line, when viewed from the side.
Often a result of an injury to the check ligament or to the structures at the back of the knee. The column of the leg is weakened. Thus, the horse is apt to stumble and lose balance due to the reduced flexibility and from the knee joints that always are “sprung.”
If congenital, often associated with poor muscle development on the front of the forearms, which limits speed and power.
More stress is applied to the tendons, increasing the risk of bowed tendons. The angle of attachment of the DDF and check ligament is increased, predisposing the check ligament to strain. Tendons and fetlock are in an increased tension at all times, so the horse is predisposed to injury to the suspensory (desmitis) and sesamoid bones. If the pasterns are more upright there is further stress.
Calf-Kneed/Back at the Knee
The knee inclines backward, behind a straight plumb line dropped from the middle of the forearm to the fetlock.
Usually leads to unsoundness in horses in speed sports. Places excess stress on the knee joint as it overextends at high speeds when loaded with weight. Backward angle causes compression fractures to the front surfaces of the carpals, and may cause ligament injury within knee. Worsens with muscle fatigue as the supporting muscles and ligaments lose their stabilizing function.
Calf-knees weaken the mechanical efficiency of the forearm muscles as they pull across the back of the carpus, so a horse has less power and speed. The tendons and check ligament assume an excess load so the horse is at risk for strain. Often the carpals are small and can’t diffuse the concussion of impact. ∑
The horse should have good shoeing, eliminating LTLH (long-toe, low-heel) syndrome.
Sports that have more hindquarter function, like dressage, or slow moving activities like pleasure riding, are best for this horse.