The Lost Shoe Dilemma

It has happened to probably every horseman or woman, just as you’ve gone out to collect your horse from the paddock, you notice that Dobbin has lost a shoe… again; and you have a le…

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The Benefits of Equine Hydrotherapy For DDFT Damage

Recent studies have shown that hydrotherapy can lead to signs of improvement in as little as 20 days for horses that have suffered from Deep Digital Tendon Flexor damage (DDFT). Daily treatment can both reduce inflammation, and provide gentle exercise to aid recovery. Working with the natural resistance of water, you can improve muscle tone around the area, as well as building up fitness and stamina levels without ridden exercise.  There are several effective types of hydrotherapy that can be used in treatment combination, including swimming and water treadmills. In the world of both racing and events, hydrotherapy is often used to help train horses that have fragile limbs and joints, as well as helping them to build up strength.

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Pain Relief

If your horse has DDFT, using cold water and ice as a form of hydrotherapy is extremely beneficial. It can help to decrease swelling and inflammation in the same way that using a cold compress would help human beings. Following this treatment, use warm water on the affected area, to maintain blood flow and get the lymphatic drainage system working effectively – this is essential for repairing tendons. The natural buoyancy of the water will help support your horse’s limbs, whilst building up the muscle strength, in order to return to full health and fitness. This means that they will have no strain on the injured tendon area, whilst they are recovering.

Salt Water

Salt water pools are extremely eco friendly, and don’t contain harsh chemicals that can harm the pH balance of a horse’s skin. In treating DDFT, the saline in the water is a natural anti inflammatory, that will help to soothe aching wounds and accelerate the healing process. It is natural type of hypertonic poultice. Salt water can also improve suppleness and prevent stiffness of limbs. Horses find soaking in these pool very relaxing, especially when the water is kept at a cool 2°, as it encourages circulation. Along with DDFT, salt water can help treat wind puffs and wind galls that are often found in combination.

Returning to fitness

Swimming is highly recommended for horses when they are returning to fitness after DDFT damage. A study by New Zealand researchers into non-invasive measures of animal welfare found that it is a great substitute for ridden exercise, as the viscosity and buoyancy of the water naturally supports muscles and ligaments, as well as aiding muscular development. Swimming also provides the horse with good cardiovascular exercise – essential for rehabilitation.

Equine Hydrotherapy is a natural and extremely effective way of supporting your horse if he is recovering from DDFT. It is beneficial for muscle strength, as well as being a calming and relaxing experience.

By Jenny Holt

Sara Gumbiner Never Gave Up on the Kentucky Dream with Polaris – Eventing Nation – Three-Day Eventing News, Results, Videos, and Commentary

For Sara Gumbiner and Polaris, the Kentucky Three-Day Event has always been in the stars. Sara and the 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse (Brandenburg’s Windstar X North River Lady) have been partnered for seven years, with

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Enzinger Joins EA High Performance Panel

 

One of Australia’s leading Eventing riders and coaches, Will Enzinger, has been appointed to Equestrian Australia’s High Performance Panel. He will fill the position formerly held by the late Gillian Rolton (AM). The role of the High Performance Panel (HPP) is to oversee the EA High Performance strategic direction, plans and provide guidance support to the HP program. It also ensures the program is consistent with the policies, procedures and objectives of EA.