Horse Nervous System

Nervous System And Diseases

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*An Introduction To The Horse Nervous System

The nervous system is complicated because it is in charge of so many things.  Basically there are 3 sections and 2 operating systems.  There is the brain stem which houses the ancient portion that connects the brain to the body through the cranial and spinal nerves.  Here the basics are covered such as breathing and digestion movements.  On top of this is ancient center is the cortex which has a more developed portion of the brain and does some of the thinking. Here is where we feel hunger, danger and the need to reproduce.  Over this is a very thin layer called the neocortex which houses all of the memories of our life.  All 3 sections connect with an uncountable number of nerve fibers interacting using chemicals called neurotransmitters.  The 2 operating systems are the parasympathetic and the sympathetic which control the non-thinking parts (heart beat, digestive contractions, etc) or the voluntary parts (I’m hungry and I’m going eat).

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Head Shaking Syndrome

Head shaking syndrome is when a horse snaps their head in an up and down direction sometimes violently and uncontrollably. Often associated with this is intense and uncontrollable rubbing of their nostrils and face. While the cause is unknown, triggers of HSS include bright light and noise. This is a new disease in horses not seen before 1990.

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Internal Parasites

Parasite control has evolved since the first packets of deworming medication showed up in the barn in the mid 1970’s. New chemicals, different strategies, and now the fear of resistance cloud up the issue.

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*An Introduction To The Horse Nervous System

The nervous system is complicated because it is in charge of so many things.  Basically there are 3 sections and 2 operating systems.  There is the brain stem which houses the ancient portion that connects the brain to the body through the cranial and spinal nerves.  Here the basics are covered such as breathing and digestion movements.  On top of this is ancient center is the cortex which has a more developed portion of the brain and does some of the thinking. Here is where we feel hunger, danger and the need to reproduce.  Over this is a very thin layer called the neocortex which houses all of the memories of our life.  All 3 sections connect with an uncountable number of nerve fibers interacting using chemicals called neurotransmitters.  The 2 operating systems are the parasympathetic and the sympathetic which control the non-thinking parts (heart beat, digestive contractions, etc) or the voluntary parts (I’m hungry and I’m going eat).

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Head Shaking Syndrome

Head shaking syndrome is when a horse snaps their head in an up and down direction sometimes violently and uncontrollably. Often associated with this is intense and uncontrollable rubbing of their nostrils and face. While the cause is unknown, triggers of HSS include bright light and noise. This is a new disease in horses not seen before 1990.

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Internal Parasites

Parasite control has evolved since the first packets of deworming medication showed up in the barn in the mid 1970’s. New chemicals, different strategies, and now the fear of resistance cloud up the issue.

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