Q My Welsh Section D x Hackney gelding keeps stumbling while out
on hacks. As a youngster he fell onto his knees when a bus spooked
him. He was spooked 18 months later and fell again.
now fallen four times in the last month and his stumbling is becoming
more frequent. He wears knee boots but I'm still worried he'll damage
his joints. My horse has been checked by a vet who found nothing
wrong. Is there anything I can do to help ease the problem?
I think part of the problem may be a degree of nervousness on your
horse's part. As he has had several bad experiences and fallen a
few times, you need to increase his confidence.
suggest a general purpose calmer, which does not take the edge off
his alertness which also improves
fitness and general health, as it is an anti-oxidant. Given at a
low level this may well help to prevent problems.
can be bought at tack shops but with all calmatives stick to the
recommended dose and be careful not to give too much as this could
affect your horses alertness. Magnesium products can also be used,
as this mineral is helpful in improving relaxation as well as muscle
If you are
worried about damage to the joints in the knee I would suggest
supplements to strengthen the joints and bones. Herbs like comfrey
can help but I use tropical herbs which
improve bone density and fracture healing enormously. A regular
amount of such herbs in the feed will also strengthen the hooves.
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