Over the past five years, vet Stephen Ashdown has written many articles, spoken on equine matters and contributed widely to horse magazines.

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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Joint Pain
Q. My cob mare became very agitated the last time the farrier tried to shoe her.He managed to get the front shoes on OK, but couldn't do her back shoes.

This was way out of character, so the farrier suggested she might have hurt her back. My vet thinks she may have damaged her sacroiliac joint, or injured the muscles and ligaments around the joint.

The problem has been around for some time now, and I'm worried that she may never fully recover, as she hates box rest.

A. Such problems as you are experiencing can certainly drag on for a long time. I think the main problem is likely to be that the scar tissue in the area of the sacroiliac joint that will not heal up.

It is very difficult to improve the circulation to such areas, and I think going down the herbal supplement route is a good idea and could help.

Many plants, such as ginger, cayenne, frankinsense and prickly ash bark are very effective and I've used them on myself, to very good effect, for repetitive strain injury. I would use these types of herbs, along with MSM. a good mineral supplement and an antioxidant formula. I think you would be surprised with the results. Good luck!


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