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Musculoskeletal System And Diseases

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*An Introduction To The Horse Musculoskeletal System And Diseases

The bodies of all animals allow movement to find food and to reproduce through a system of bones and connective tissue.  Plants do not have this ability because their roots are stuck in the ground.  They can grow and spread or they can turn to face the sun or open and close their flowers but they cannot pack their bags and leave.  This is where the connective tissue comes in.  It is made of a skeleton or frame of bones that is connected by ligaments (bone to bone) and the bones are articulated through joints made of a fluid filled sack (joint capsule),  Each articulating bone are capped with a layer of cartilage (joint cartilage) to cushion concussion from movement.  Causing this movement are voluntary contractions and relaxations from groups of muscles that are attached to the bones with tendons.  I prefer to call these “bone-tendon-muscle units” as each is inextricably connected as a unit, although each can have individual problems (broken bone, muscle cramp, pulled tendon).  The innervation of these muscles are covered under nerves and brain.  The cellular make up and nutrition of these are covered under nutrition. 

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Cheek Teeth Eruption Bumps

When the permanent premolar cheek teeth push into position, they often cause lumps that appear on the face and lower jaw. These are normal and are not painful.

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Dental Speculum Injury

The use of the speculum is common in equine dentistry. There are reports of damage to the horse caused by them and this is one of those cases.

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Fibrotic Myopathy

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP)

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Infected Withers

Also known as Fistulous Withers, an infection of the withers area can be stubborn and painful.

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Piezoelectric Currents

Piezo……WHAT???

Have you ever wondered why bones are not shaped like I-beams or 2×4 lumber? This short lesson on biophysics and biochemistry may actually help you understand two very important things that will keep your horse sound and why training is so important in maintaining soundness in your horse.

Step out of your comfort zone and learn about this fascinating subject.

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy (PSSM)

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Stringhalt

Stringhalt is the horseman’s term for the involuntary jerking up and out of one or both hind legs. The video demonstrates this well.

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Tetanus

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Thoroughpin

Thoroughpin is the horseman’s term for distention of the deep digital tendon sheath of the hind limbs.

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Posts

The End Of A Year – Tetanus In A Horse

Winter in upstate New York can be long, cold, and endless. The call came early on the last day of the year. A Trotting-bred owner called me saying his two week old foal wasn’t right. The Trotting-bred is a pony breed that race like Standardbreds with trotters and...

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Podcasts

Fun With Physics And Horses – Podcast #010

Physics is a collection of laws that control how things work in this world. They have no allegiance to a country, religion or even if you are a plant, animal or mineral. Physics is the rule book by which we all play. How the laws of physics apply to our horses is...

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The Calcium To Phosphorus Ratio – Podcast #006

Calcium (Ca) and Phosphorus (P) are two of the most plentiful minerals in your horse and are required for bone structure, muscle function and hundreds of other metabolic functions. However they compete for uptake in the digestive tract. When there is more phosphorus...

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The Importance Of The Top Line In Horses – Podcast #045

The top line of horses is the muscles along the back bone from the withers to the rump. It is where the saddle or load goes onto the horse. It is an indicator of the overall athletic condition of the horse and is often seen as a “poor” top line when the...

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Webinars

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Topics

*An Introduction To The Horse Musculoskeletal System And Diseases

The bodies of all animals allow movement to find food and to reproduce through a system of bones and connective tissue.  Plants do not have this ability because their roots are stuck in the ground.  They can grow and spread or they can turn to face the sun or open and close their flowers but they cannot pack their bags and leave.  This is where the connective tissue comes in.  It is made of a skeleton or frame of bones that is connected by ligaments (bone to bone) and the bones are articulated through joints made of a fluid filled sack (joint capsule),  Each articulating bone are capped with a layer of cartilage (joint cartilage) to cushion concussion from movement.  Causing this movement are voluntary contractions and relaxations from groups of muscles that are attached to the bones with tendons.  I prefer to call these “bone-tendon-muscle units” as each is inextricably connected as a unit, although each can have individual problems (broken bone, muscle cramp, pulled tendon).  The innervation of these muscles are covered under nerves and brain.  The cellular make up and nutrition of these are covered under nutrition. 

read more

Cheek Teeth Eruption Bumps

When the permanent premolar cheek teeth push into position, they often cause lumps that appear on the face and lower jaw. These are normal and are not painful.

read more

Dental Speculum Injury

The use of the speculum is common in equine dentistry. There are reports of damage to the horse caused by them and this is one of those cases.

read more

Fibrotic Myopathy

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Infected Withers

Also known as Fistulous Withers, an infection of the withers area can be stubborn and painful.

read more

Piezoelectric Currents

Piezo……WHAT???

Have you ever wondered why bones are not shaped like I-beams or 2×4 lumber? This short lesson on biophysics and biochemistry may actually help you understand two very important things that will keep your horse sound and why training is so important in maintaining soundness in your horse.

Step out of your comfort zone and learn about this fascinating subject.

read more

Stringhalt

Stringhalt is the horseman’s term for the involuntary jerking up and out of one or both hind legs. The video demonstrates this well.

read more

Tetanus

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Thoroughpin

Thoroughpin is the horseman’s term for distention of the deep digital tendon sheath of the hind limbs.

read more

Posts

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