Evaluating lameness in horses

The following notes are from a lameness presentation hosted by Chris Bell, a veterinarian with Elder’s Equine Services in Manitoba. What to expect from your vet during a lameness exam A thorough discussion of the horse’s medical and performance history, including any medication the horse has taken or previous cases of lameness. A physical exam of the…

5 things to know about arthritis

Upon my veterinarian’s recommendation, I recently had my 14-year-old Thoroughbred gelding’s hocks injected with a mixture of cortisone and hyaluronate sodium. My horse raced for five years of his life before transitioning to his second career as a hunter. He is a very healthy horse who loves his job, and I would like him to…

How to apply a poultice

When I was at the Royal Manitoba Winter Fair in Brandon, Manitoba, I poulticed my horse’s legs after extra strenuous days. If you’ve never applied a poultice before and you’re looking for some instruction and tips, keep reading. How does it work? Poultice draws heat out of the muscles and ligaments that run along the cannon bone. The…

Maintaining soundness while increasing fitness

If you compete in the hunter  ring, we’re probably in the same lesson/training program right now. Your coach is likely moving away from the highly-technical gymnastic exercises you worked on over the winter, and is instead focusing your lessons on hunter-style courses of eight fences. Eight big fences. My coach’s goal is to improve our…