The Body of the HorseThis section is all about what happens in and on the horse from nose to tail. It is divided into systems.
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Caudal heel pain is the present description of this age old disease. Here are the take home messages:
- Purchase the best conformation horse you can. Focus on the hoof and pastern.
- Look for the tell-tale signs of caudal heel pain: broken pastern-hoof axis, long toe, low heel.
- Work with your farrier. Take pictures and draw lines on them. Work on the feet until all agree that the horse is applying the least amount of effort to bring the limb into the swing phase.
- Realize that with many of the causes of caudal heel pain, there is nothing that can be done other than provide pain relieving drugs.
- The treatment of LAST RESORT is a neurectomy. Euthanasia of the severely painful horses is offered to those that can’t be maintained of anti-inflammatories and surgery is ineffective.
These 3 videos describe the relationships between the tendons and bones, the physics and vector analysis behind the angles (the what?), and what to do if your horse is diagnosed with navicular syndrome.