Posted by admin | Posted in Main | Posted on 07-01-2012
Holistic horse care means taking care of your horse’s needs from the smallest inkling to the most serious condition. Unfortunately there are many horse owners out there who lack the understanding to lessen a major condition when one hits their horse. They either administer insufficient medication or treatment or not risk it at all and at the end let the horse’s condition worsen. In the final analysis they sell the horse or refer it to an expert.
An equestrian should know how to take care or her valued equine mate. Beyond equestrian coaching and even basic training to turn a wild mare into a safe mount for horse riding, there’s so very much more to horse care particularly when it comes to treating life-threatening illnesses and conditions. Let us take a roach back, for instance.
Though a roach back wouldn’t always forestall a mare from turning into an appropriate mount for horse riding (as it might not cause her gait and soundness as well as other movements to be considerably diminished), beyond horse riding and in a similar fashion undemanding physical exercises, a roach backed mare wouldn’t be ideal. Even if the hump on her back isn’t tender, there would be resulting physical or internal deformations or irregularities that could prohibit how much horsing around she will be able to do.
A roach back can come from several causes, even as simple as jumping over too high a fence and straining abdominal muscles. If those strained muscles become unfit to hold up vital organs anymore, they could sink and pull the mare’s pelvis close to her last rib. The final result: a roach back. Not to mention she’d be very tender around the abdominal parts.
If you have done your fair share of equestrian coaching then you probably had a few studs or mares develop similar physical conditions, and thus would know the way to best handle them. First things first: never give up, not until all avenues of treatment are exhausted. Try to supply a wounded horse the best quality of life it can lead, and therefore be well placed to at least be of some use to its owner. There are many roach backed steeds that are OK for trailering, loading, and of course relaxed horse riding.
Bodywork is critical. Bowen or Equine Touch work as well as network chiropractic treatment are good treatment methods. It might be better to learn these yourself if you’ve a horse with a significant roach back and not enough budget to call for a vet to do the bodywork frequently. As with your equestrian training lessons, release your horse if she indicates pain or discomfort. Look for signs that her body and mind are processing what you’re doing. She would yawn, chew, blink, or paw to signal she’s thinking. If she replies well, proceed, if she moves away, take some time. Regress to levels of bodywork she’s comfortable with and work from there.
Always supplement her feeds also , and add a bit more to help combat her state. She may never get shot of that roach back completely, but she can at least be a functional horse living a fuller life.