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.

5 tips to check the health of my horse

Sometimes it is not easy to check whether your horse is in good health. Some problems are more visible than others. We offer you 5 simple tips to check that your horse is in good health. In case of doubt, the best thing to do is to contact your vet who will be able to check the health of your horse.

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Strengthen your horse's muscles

Every rider has to ask himself one day the question: How do you build up your horse's muscles? Behind this question lies the idea of having a well-muscled horse that is capable of performing the exercises that will be asked of it during work.

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The joints of a horse

The joint is a complex and fragile mechanism which allows mobility between bones. Your horse is born with a joint “capacity”, which will decrease with time and wear of the joint. The joint cannot be regenerated.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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