Here you will find a lot of information to help you better understand the care provided by your veterinarian, as well as tips for participating in the general well-being of your horse.

Stress

Stress is the consequence of a change in the horse’s environment that he perceives as negative and that he hasn’t been able to anticipate. After having attempted to understand the situation, the horse will try to control it and accept it. If he is not able to do this, his brain will start to interpret the situation as an aggression: this is stress. The causes of stress are multiple: boredom, transport, pain, feed changes, changes in stable environment, extreme climate changes,…

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Gastric Ulcers

In a number of species, the ingestion of food and distension of the stomach are factors that stimulate the release of gastric secretions. Horses secrete hydrochloric acid continuously in their stomach, which therefore has a very low pH.

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Acute Diarrhoea (Digestive System)

"Acute diarrhoea" is not a disease but a symptom. Digestive transit is considerably accelerated and the horse expels very soft stools (like cow pats) or wholly liquid often very foul-smelling stools, no longer resembling droppings. As the term "acute" would suggest, the diarrhoea comes on suddenly and, above all, develops very rapidly.

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Tendinitis (Musculoskeletal System)

Tendinitis is, etymologically speaking, inflammation of the tendon, whereas desmitis is inflammation of a ligament. Tendinitis or desmitis can be recognised by four easily identifiable clinical signs: redness, burning, pain (on palpation, lameness is not always present) and tumefaction (= swelling or oedema).

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Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis sets in when the damage is too great and cannot be repaired. This occurs particularly when the joints are subject to significant strain (e.g. during sport), and as the body ages.

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Respiratory Airway Obstruction

In the stabled horse, dust, pollens, molds and endotoxins present in hay and/or straw are the main culprits. The horse that lives in a field and that develops the summer pasture associated form appears to be more sensitive to field pollens. It is the prolonged exposure to these triggers that is at the origin of the chronicity of the disease.

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