Almost 20 years ago I began my educational venture into the world of natural health. The first course I took was a herbology course, that’s a story we’ll save for another day. One of the first things that course encouraged its students to do was to buy a stethoscope and get used to listening to lungs. To the local pharmacy I went, and although they thought it was an odd request they ordered me a stethoscope. I even got my choice of colour.
Monday July 20, 2015 I got home at 2AM, quickly checked the horses, brought in the dogs and promptly fell over in bed. A few hours later I staggered outside to care for the herd. With the hay shortage and moving I made the decision to use the good pieces from the 3 not so great bails I had leftover from last year. The first two feedings went well, everyone was happy and glad to have me back home again. I opened up the next bail Tuesday morning fed like I normally would. I left the horses and headed back into the house. A few hours later I came out to find find Pan wheezing with great force. She has had small reactions to hay before this but I thought she may be sensitive to the dust.
It’s amazing how many details you can remember when you need to make the right choice for someone you love.
Measurement, a tool used by the human race for as long as we could keep count. In fact measurement is so ancient and familiar to us that we forget how handy it use to find ways to measure the little things in life. Little things can be a multitude of different things but today we're going to take a look at the importance of measurement in our lives as caring horse givers.
If anything should ever happen and you find yourself having to respond to an emergency situation, this information and practice will be crucial and could even save your equine partner’s life.
The lumbar are the 5 or 6 vertebrae, depending on the breed of your horse, that lay between the rib cage and hips. This delicate and crucial part of the horses body, and our own for that matter, is under a reasonable amount of constant stress from day to day activity. Although supported by a considerable amount of muscle these 5-6 bones are the only bones that attach a horse's front end to his hind, and muscle as we all know can easily become overworked or damaged including the ones that support the lower back.
Today we’re going to have a quick look at my approach to understanding horses with roach backs or hunters bump. I would like to point out the obvious, I am not a vet. I do not have the training nor the tools to diagnose medical conditions.
Just like on the road there are many ways to cause bridge closures that block traffic.
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