Q: My six-year-old mare goes out during the day and is in at night.
Every morning her legs are filled with fluid-she isn't lame but
is sometimes stiff. Within 15 minutes of riding or turning her out,
the swellings have gone. Is this normal?
reason that legs fill in the way you describe is that fluid from
the blood vessels leaks out into the surrounding tissue too easily
and is not carried away quickly enough by the lymph vessels
why this happens more is some horses, but I have found several approaches
to be useful. Our most useful has been to strengthen the liver and
digestive system. This seems to improve circulation and overall
metabolism (bodily chemical reactions).
help the liver more effectively than milk thistle are Eclipta alba
and Andrographis paniculata .
Antioxidants, which are available in many off-the- shelf herbal
formulas, will also improve the circulation and protect against
like ginger and frankinsense may also help a great deal, and some
antioxidant herbs that I use are embelica officinalis (a gooseberry
-like fruit that grows on trees) and ocimum sanctum.
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