Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many
articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse
Here he reproduces
in the form of questions and answers about 100 topics, all of
them common problems which afflict horses.
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for frog damage.
Q. Earlier this year my mare got a nail embedded in the frog of
one of her front hooves. This led to a long, drawn out period of
treatment and box rest. During this time, x-rays were taken which
thankfully showed no bone damage.
My vet warned
me that my mare may always have a slight limp, but it would not
restrict her. This has turned out to be true, especially on rough,
hard ground such a gravel tracks. I would welcome any advice on
how to help her and would like to know whether there are any supplements
that will alleviate her discomfort.
certainly sounds as if there is some damage left over from the accident
that has not healed properly. Scar tissue that is left over from
the injury must still be interferring with the normal way the frog
works as a cushioning apparatus in the foot.
has a weak anti-inflammatory action when take internally, but in
this case, I doubt whether the effect would be sufficient to make
much of a difference. I would suggest that you need supplements or
techniques that help the body's remodelling and healing process.
In such situations I normally advise the use of MSM and a good multi-mineral
formula, along with specific Ayurvedic
formulas which I have found very helpful in tendon problems and remodelling
of scarred tissue.
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