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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Q: I have owned my 15-year-old 15hh mare for the last three years.
She has always been sound but over the last few weeks I have noticed
her shortening her stride out hacking.
fall or appear stiff its more of a quick stumble, then she carries
on as if nothing has happened. When trotted-up on hard ground, she's
perfectly sound. What could be causing this?
The problem you describe may be one of underdeveloped muscles or
partial stifle lock. This sort of problem is relatively common and
can be helped with controlled exercise along with supplements, which
strengthen the muscles. Fenugreek may be useful and multi-mineral
and sulphur supplements like MSM should help ensure good tendon
There is a small
chance she has something more seriously wrong and you should consider
calling your vet to check her heart at rest and after exercise. If
there is a heart weakness, herbs like Arjuna can help and you should
consider immune-strengthening herbs
if there is a chance her heart was damaged by a virus infection.
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