Tag: horse injury

Is your horse in Pain? How to check your horse.


Checking your horse for pain issues is a complicated process that does require an experienced qualified person or vet to make a full assessment. There are things you, the horse owner can do & observe too to check for pain issues. The first sign can be observing your horse in the pasture and when your horse is moving around when being worked on the ground and when being ridden.
Things to look for are.
Are they holding or bracing any part of their body?
Are they limping or look uncomfortable?
Do they have any behavioural issues?
Is there body symmetrical (stand in front of your horse and check the way they hold their head) – does it hang to one side?
Do they cock their tail to the side when being ridden or tail swishing?
Do they rest one leg more than another?
Do their hooves wear unevenly? Or toes drag?

Not sure if you need a bodywork session? Here are a few basic tips you can use to help assess your horse to see if they need a soft tissue bodywork session, please note not all horses will show pain with these checks – its best to employ and practitioner to double check for you. Keep your eye on your horse’s face, ear’s and nose & body posture for any signs of discomfort.
1. Stand your horse on a level surface. Tie your horse up or have someone hold your horse for you.
2. Slowly run your hands over the horse and feel for hot or cold areas or any areas that may have a reaction.
3. Pick up each leg and feel for any tightness or restrictions.
4. Press your thumb or finger firmly into the areas with the arrows (see photo)
5. Run your fingernail or tip of a pen lid (you need something pointy) in the head to tail (caudal direction) or top to bottom, along the yellow lines.
6. Run your finger firmly along the green lines in a caudal direction.
What reactions do you get? Did you horse twitch or move? Did your horse throw his head or try to kick or bite? Did you feel any tight or cold areas? Did you see any nerves twitch?
Please seek professional help if you are unsure how to check your horse. Definity book a soft tissues bodywork session with your local practitioner.
Please feel free to ask Belinda during an Equine Touch session how to check your horse’s pain or how to help prevent pain issues. Free Saddle check and basic check with your Equine Touch session.

Horse with muscle injury recovers quickly

A bay Welsh Cob broodmare. 11 years old.

Presentation

Tiffany had a muscle injury in her front left leg sustained when running in the paddock. She was unable to put weight on the leg, was using three legs to move around, and was in significant pain. Tiffany was in foal so it was imperative that the problem be resolved. 

Care

Equine Touch was given three days in a row, in conjunction with homeopathic remedies. Tiffany improved rapidly, and by the fourth day was galloping around the paddock bucking and kicking in play. It was plain to see she had made an excellent recovery in just three days – an outstanding and surprising result after such a significant injury.

Leg Wound care – Welsh Cob Stallion

Presentation

This stallion had kicked and caught his leg on the top wire of a fence. This removed the skin on the inside of his rear hock to the pastern joint and the shin bone. He had severed a few arteries and was bleeding badly. The vet was called straight away. While waiting for the vet, we replaced the skin flap and strapped it with a pressure bandage to stop the bleeding. He was also given homeopathic Arnica 30C every five minutes until the vet arrived. The vet removed the skin flap and re-bandaged the wound, remarking that it was the worst leg injury he had seen in his many years in veterinary care. 

Care

For two weeks, the leg wound was washed daily with Ionic Silver, and Manuka honey and Calendula cream werapplied to it. The leg was then re-bandaged. Homeopathic Arnica 6C was given once a day to help with inflammation and bruising, and to prevent blood clots. A dose of Homeopathic Ledum 30c was given to prevent tetanus. The stallion was fed one tablespoon of Vitamin C powder per day to also prevent tetanus and promote healing.  Chamomile flowers and rosehip granules were added to his feed. When the wound had healed, Comfrey Cream was applied to the dry wound. Please note: Comfrey should never be used on an open wound.


Horses are prone to leg injuries, with natural solutions they can heal quickly and with little scaring. Homeopathic remedies and herbs prescribed by Belinda can help your horse recover fast to and prevent infection”

Scolinda Stud