Lameness

Perhaps the most frequent complaint I encounter in my daily work, lameness can vary from something as simple as gravel packed into the white line, to the complexity of a non-displaced pelvic fracture. Naturally, treatment options vary with all the different conditions causing lameness, however some simple rules apply:

1. Pick out your horse’s feet daily.

2. Have your horse’s feet competently trimmed or shod regularly (6-8 weeks).

3. Feed your horse a good balance of minerals and vitamins.

4. Try and avoid situations where your horse is walking in mud continually.

5. Get the vet first. So often I come to a lame horse that has been seen by every witch doctor, faux herbalist and bone pointer in the district, and by the time I see it the horse has been suffering for weeks.

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