Thought 4the day: Life is full of twists and turns and sudden leaps or dead stops. Its not meant to be easy for any of us so it seems. It can throw so much at you and then suddenly its sunshine and flowers. This makes me think how much horses and us have in common yet we are in charge of our lives and we are also so it seems in charge of horses. They have a mind of their own a will to live and to ...survive and they do out across what and how they need things if people listen. Its when people don't listen that things start to spiral out of control and can end in several ways. One can be a angry horse thats fed up with being ignored, another is the horse withdraws into itself and simply hides, another could be the person gets angry or annoyed at both of the ones before and the horse suffers and then there is sell it on and someone else can deal with it.... Horses are living creatures that deserve the respect that their beauty and elegance demands after all they are living and breathing creatures just like us....
Quote 4the day: Speak your mind, but ride a fast horse. ~ Anonymous
Fact 4the day: Ligaments
Ligaments attach bone to bone or bone to tendon, and are vital in stabilizing joints as well as supporting structures. They are made up of fibrous material that is generally quite strong. Due to their relatively poor blood supply, ligament injuries generally take a long time to heal.
Muscular system of the horse
Tendons are cords of connective tissue attaching muscle to bone, cartilage or other tendons. They are a major contributor to shock absorption, are necessary for support of the horse’s body, and translate the force generated by muscles into movement. Tendons are classified as flexors (flex a joint) or extensors (extend a joint). However, some tendons will flex multiple joints while extending another (the flexor tendons of the hind limb, for example, will flex the fetlock, pastern, and coffin joint, but extend the hock joint). In this case, the tendons (and associated muscles) are named for their most distal action (digital flexion).
Tendons form in the embryo from fibroblasts which become more tightly packed as the tendon grows. As tendons develop they lay down collagen, which is the main structural protein of connective tissue. As tendons pass near bony prominences, they are protected by a fluid filled synovial structure, either a tendon sheath or a sac called a bursa.
Tendons are easily damaged if placed under too much strain, which can result in a painful, and possibly career-ending, injury. Tendinitis is most commonly seen in high performance horses that gallop or jump. When a tendon is damaged the healing process is slow because tendons have a poor blood supply, reducing the availability of nutrients and oxygen to the tendon. Once a tendon is damaged the tendon will always be weaker, because the collagen fibres tend to line up in random arrangements instead of the stronger linear pattern. Scar tissue within the tendon decreases the overall elasticity in the damaged section of the tendon as well, causing an increase in strain on adjacent uninjured tissue.