Thought 4the day: If you don't believe in your friend and they don't believe in you how will you get to pair up and get on in life? Bonds and trust do take a while. You get the odd horse who will trust you out right from the start til you do wrong and then you can never get that trust back again. Others have a self defense mechanism where when you approach they will either pull faces or possibly turn to kick. Its getting past these defences and never backing off as this can make things worse that you will peel away those layers and find the wonderful horse inside. Their all unique :o)
Quote 4the day: Believe in your horse and your horse will believe in you..
Fact 4the day: Contracted tendons in Horses
Flexural Deformity in Horses
Contracted tendons refers to a condition that is typically seen in very young foals or yearlings. It often occurs as a result of the bones in the leg growing faster than the tendons can grow with them, stretching the tendons taut so that the hoof is lifted partially away from the ground (in contrast to the name given, as it is not believed that the tendons actually contract). However, it can also be a condition that is present at birth, genetically acquired, and is apparent by the second or third day after birth, when it becomes clear that the foal is unable to stand normally.
Although nutrition may be partially to blame for this condition, simple dietary changes are not enough to cure it, and the abnormality is more difficult to reverse as the symptoms progress, so depending on the severity of the deformation, different approaches might be taken toward the condition.
Symptoms and Types
Typically it will affect foals between the ages of six weeks and six months. Those affected will be unable to bear full weight on the affected limb and therefore walk on their toes. Other common signs of contracted tendons include:
•Change to fore or fetlock (i.e., knuckling over)
•Wearing of the toe
•Bruising of the toe
•Hoof appears flattened in front, but dish shaped at the base
Rapid body growth is a common cause for this deformity. This is because tendons and bones may begin to grow at different rates. Other potential underlying causes include:
•Change in diet
•Position of the horse in utero
•A response to pain in the lower leg or foot
Although those experienced with horses may be able to diagnose contracted tendon by visual examination alone, it is still important for the affected horse to be seen by an experienced equine veterinarian. X-ray images will show a detailed picture of the exact nature of the deformity, allowing your doctor to determine if the malady can be corrected surgically, and by what surgical method it can best be treated.
As the disease progresses, it becomes progressively harder to treat effectively. Different approaches may be taken to treating contracted tendons, such as changes in diet that reduce the nutritional intake per day. Your veterinarian will order decreased exercise to relieve the foot and prevent repetitive trauma to the hoof, and may prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce pain and swelling of the surrounding tissue.
In most cases, surgery can only be used to make your horse more comfortable with the disability, rather than as a way to repair or resolve the deformity. In some of the less severe cases, the hoof can be trimmed to a healthy shape to promote healing, or the ligament may be cut to fit the bone size correctly using a rather simple procedure.
In more extreme cases, like those in which the joints have been severely transformed, more extensive surgical methods may be the only answer. A special shoe may be applied to your horse's hoof. This is usually done to elevate the back of the hoof to remove the pressure on the toe, so that the horse can stand in a more normal posture.