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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HORSE LAMENESS, LAME HORSE
I call the Vet?
Q My 12-year old New Forest mare recently went lame after a day's
hunting. Although she is perfectly healthy in every other way, she
is unable to continue hunting after only a few hours.
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She goes lame
while she is out and then 'limps' on return. She recovers quickly
and is only slightly stiff the next day. Is it worth calling the
vet as it seems to be such a short-lived problem?
should certainly try to find out what is causing your mare's problem
as it is likely to get worse in the future. Try to get your vet
to look at the condition when it is worse than normal.
many things that may be causing the problem, it could be muscular,
related to joint disease or perhaps originate from ligament damage.
There are some good, useful supplements available for non-specific
lameness and stiffness but I do think you should seek professional
about Lameness (2).
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