Thought, fact and quote for the day 2/7/12
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Thought, fact and quote for the day 2/7/12

Thought 4the day: Is the grass greener on the other side or just tempting at the time? There is no real answer to this one as most horses always think this and if possible will walk into another field. We have had several over the years that are fencinators!! They go under, over god knows how jump or go round!! The thing is though sometimes is the grass really greener or the temptation just greater lol
 
 
Quote 4the day: The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence but is it just as green from where you came from?
 
 
Fact 4the day: Concussion or other brain trauma
Brain Trauma
Brain trauma, concussions and other brain injuries are common among horses, especially when more than one horse occupies a space or stable. It generally occurs because the horse accidentally hits it head on an object, although some common causes are running into a post, another horse, or even get hit by a car.

Symptoms and Types
Sympto...ms vary depending on how extensive the trauma to the brain, including:
•Confusion
•Poor coordination
•Unsteadiness on foot
•Dullness in the eyes
•Blood in the nose
•Blood in the ears
•Headache
•Slowness
•Coma

Causes
Brain trauma is due to a head injury, but may happen in variety of ways; among them:
•Running into a post
•Car accidents
•Rearing and hitting an object (e.g., beam, tree, rails, etc.)
•Sporting accidents (e.g., falls, bumps, etc.)

Diagnosis
Diagnosis of brain trauma varies from case to case. In many instances, diagnosis only occurs when the horse is brought to the veterinarian after an accident. Many other times it may take a symptom or a host of symptoms for the brain trauma to be noticed. The sooner the veterinarian examines a horse after the trauma, the better.

Treatment
Treatment is not always necessary for brain trauma; it sometimes only takes rest and relaxation for the brain trauma to heal. Other times, certain steroids or diuretics may be administered to encourage the healing of bruises on the brain or to alleviate the pressure that results from swelling.
Antibiotics may be used to help curb infections in certain cases, as well.

Living and Management
For horses with mild to medium brain injuries that tend to wander or get confused easily, confinement to smaller, darker spaces and isolation from other horses may be a good idea. Your veterinarian will probably prescribe certain medication or treatment options to ease the symptoms or the brain injury. The brain is an important part of the body; it controls motions, emotions, and more, and without proper healing your horse may not return back to normal.

Prevention
Care is only way to prevent brain trauma. Most brain traumas are the result of an accident. And while accidents cannot be completely avoided, you can take steps to reduce risks. Taking care to get extraneous objects and posts out of your horse’s living area and not confining too many animals to one place is the best way to prevent brain injuries from occurring.
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