Tendons are flexible but inelastic cord of strong fibrous collagen tissue attaching a muscle to a bone. In a horse, the flexor tendon is subject to large amounts of strain. With overwork, this tendon may over-flex and tear, leading to a condition known as
Horses that live in hot and dry climates, with sand footing, often suffer from a condition known as brittle hooves. The lack of moisture in the hoof results in painful cracking and breakage of the hoof wall.
Bronchial asthma is a constriction of the bronchi due to a hyper-sensitivity to an environmental allergen. Horses that suffer from bronchial asthma benefit from a clean, dust-free environment with plenty of fresh air.
Many horses, kept in barns or pastures with soft footing, will suffer from a soft and possibly thin sole. When these horses step on an angular stone, they are susceptible to bruising of the sole, a painful condition that can cause lameness.
A majority of horses exhibit minor gait defects due to irregular or asymmetric growth. When the gait defect causes either the front legs or the rear legs to make contact with each other, this is known as brushing.
Â Learn about bursas in horses which are Â the fluid filled sacks located at friction points around the horse's joints and the infections or traumas that may cause pain related to inflammation of the bursa.
Learn how cancer affects horses in its various forms, the symptoms, and why an experienced veterinarian is needed to diagnose, formulate surgery or treatment plans, and maintain the comfort of the horse.
Learn about the inflammatory swelling of the bursa overlying the point of the elbow or hock, the causes and the treatment required to reduce the swelling and relieve the pain.
Learn about Carpitis which is a sprain in the ligaments of the knee joint, the causes and symptoms, and the rest and medications recommended by veterinarians for the condition.
Learn how cataracts affect horse's eyes and why it is extremely important to call a veterinarian any time an injury or infection occurs in a horse's eye or the horse's behavior indicates difficulty in seeing.