How to Find Your Horse’s Lameness

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Find Your Horse’s Lameness Early

When you ride your horse, you know how he performs under normal circumstances, so you will know when something doesn’t seem right. As every horse owner knows, it’s important to pay attention when performance declines so you can detect minor problems before they become major lameness issues. By checking your horse for lameness yourself, you may not need a visit from your veterinarian to give you an obvious answer.

It’s Simple to Do

In this video, Gary Desroches demonstrates where to look and feel to find areas of concern and the source of your horse’s lameness. It is a simple process that anyone can do. Some of these areas you may already know about, but some of them may be new to you. Find out which areas are most commonly concerning and how to check your horse for lumps and signs of lameness in a step-by-step way. Examining your horse thoroughly from teeth to tail like this is a great way to keep an eye on your horse’s health and will likely save you a little money on your vet bill.

After all, there is always some comfort in knowing where your own horse’s problems areas are.

More on Horse Lameness and Treatment

Did you know that lactic acid is the most common cause of poor performance and horse lameness?

When Lactic Acid build-up is not addressed, it settles deep into the sacroiliac and spinal cord with devastating results to the long-term performance of your horse. Lactic acid is a side-effect of energy generation in the muscles without the presence of oxygen, leading to muscle acidosis and ultimately, muscle fatigue. The build-up of lactic acid causes pain in the horse’s rear end, often resulting in problems with the front legs, such as bowed tendons, wind puffs ligament, joint and hoof issues.

Read the rest of the article here: The #1 Way to Remove Lactic Acid

This blog post explains more about the role of lactic acid in horse lameness: Lactic Acid: How to Treat Lameness in Horses.