Thought 4the day: What is a connection? It can be so many different things to so many people. Its that instant you meet that horse and it speaks to you and its as if your old friends and have met before. It can even be that you simply gel instantly and can read each other. It can even be that you simply can't live without each other. So many things for so many different people. What is a connection to you?
Quote 4the day: Why rush in life when you can sit and watch your horse be a horse and you might even get a few tips on how to relax!!
Fact 4the day: Aneurysm in Horses
An aneurysm is an abnormal ballooning of a weakened arterial wall in the body. If the ballooning becomes big enough, it will burst, leading to massive hemorrhaging and death. An aneurysm has no warning signs; therefore most horses die of the condition before it is diagnosed.
Symptoms and Types
... The main type of aneurysm seen mostly in horses is the aortic aneurysm. Aortic aneurysms occur when a portion of the aorta, the large artery that comes straight from the heart, develops a thin wall. If enough pressure is placed on this thin area (such as during a time of extremely high heart rate), this area may burst, leading to almost instantaneous bleed-out. This is seen most commonly seen in Thoroughbred racehorses, as their heart rates and blood pressures are extremely high during a race. Cerebral hemorrhages from a ruptured aneurysm (also called a stroke) are not as common in horses as they are in humans.
Signs of a ruptured aortic aneurysm are dramatic and include sudden collapse, pale mucous membranes, and death.
Diagnosis is usually made post mortem (after death). There are no warning signs of an aneurysm, and once it bursts, the horse cannot survive.
There is no treatment for this condition.
Prevention of this condition is very difficult, if not impossible, given its insidious nature. Fortunately, this condition is not very common and most horse owners should not be overly concerned about it.