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Soft Tissue And The Dressage Horse

Dressage places unique demands on the tendons, ligaments, fascia and muscle The exquisite control and at times suspension required of a dressage horse seems effortless during a good performance but in reality requires tremendous muscular strength, nervous system coordination and … Continue reading

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Rehab For Tendons and Ligaments

Options for managing new and chronic tendon and ligament problems are more numerous than ever but the basics are still often the best. Heat and cold therapy fall in that category. The horse’s tendons and ligaments are among the most … Continue reading

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Tendon Care

We focus a lot of attention on our horse’s moving parts, the bones and joints which bear weight and absorb impact, the muscles which generate movement. Equally important are tendons and ligaments. Tendons originate in muscles and terminate on bone. … Continue reading

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When Winter Brings Stiffness

Many of us experience noticeable body stiffness in cold weather. It should be no surprise that horses do too. Your horse doesn’t have to be a  senior or have pre-existing problems to develop seasonal winter stiffness – although those things … Continue reading

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Tendon and Ligament Care

Tendons and ligaments are specialized forms of connective tissue. Tendons connect muscle to bone. Ligaments are anchored only to bone at each end.  Both are composed of interwoven strands of type I collagen protein in a structure much like a … Continue reading

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Seasonal Winter Stiff Joints in Older Horses

Retired seniors that are holding weight and getting around comfortably in the warmer months can experience greatly reduced strength and mobility in the cold, to the point they may have difficulty getting up. The explanation for this is multifactorial. Reduced … Continue reading

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Little Recognized Early Signs of Cushing’s Disease

The classical signs of Cushing’s Disease in horses (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction/PPID) of poor topline, sagging belly and long curly coat that fails to shed are only evident fairly late in the condition.  If your horse is in his teens … Continue reading

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Living with Old Soft Tissue Injuries

Tendon and suspensory ligament injuries plague horses performing in all disciplines.  Even pleasure horses and pasture ornaments may fall victim if they take the proverbial “bad step” over rough ground conditions. These are every bit as painful as bone or … Continue reading

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Dr. Green and Father Time

If you follow the veterinary research literature on musculoskeletal injuries you will see there is often strong emphasis placed on rapid healing and reduced downtime.  There is nothing inherently wrong with those goals but the reality is that any advantages … Continue reading

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