Equine Injuries

Written by Sierra Rein
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Just as a human can experience pulls, tears and muscle pain, so a horse can experience injury and harm. A horse can hurt itself at any point in its life, be it during training sessions in the circle, running at full pace in a race, or frolicking untethered in the field.

Because horses do not normally express their feelings of pain, it takes a keen eye and knowledge of equine behavior to recognize whether an injury has taken place or not. The sad truth is that many horse owners fail to give the simple and instant treatments as soon as the injury occurs. These treatments can often prevent inflammation, swelling, further pain and irreparable damage, even while waiting for the vet to arrive.

The most common injuries in horses occur in the legs, which are delicate and very thin compared to the massive weight and girth of the body. Muscle pulls can cause months of stall rest at a time, while tendon tears and ruptures are the quickest way to end a horse's running career. Horsehides are also very susceptible to wounds, tissue rot and degeneration and must be properly wrapped to heal.

What to Have on Hand for Leg Injuries

For horse legs, it is important to always have a collection of gauze, rubs and cold compression wraps to keep any possible swelling and inflammation from taking place. Many professional health companies have already designed neoprene equine horse wraps filled with special, freezable chemicals that will keep the legs cold for at least 30 minutes at a time. Placing these at the hoof, calf or knee area at the first sign of harm can increase the healing process and keep the horse's pain at a minimum.


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