Alternative Therapies

Equine Sports Therapy, Alexa Linton, equine cranial bones, equine skull

The equine skull has thirty-four bones, while the human skull is made up of twenty-two bones of which eight are cranial bones and fourteen are facial bones. That is quite a number of bones making up our noggins and those of our horses. But what do they all do? That’s a great question with a complex answer.

Music Helps Horses, equine music therapy, horse music therapy, polish equine research, soft music helps horses, janet marlow pet acoustics, dr. juliet m. getty phd, music therapy for horses

Researchers from Poland¹ set out to determine the effect of music played in the barn, on the emotional state of race horses. Many horse owners have found that music has an apparent calming effect on fear, aggression, and overall stress. Race horses, in particular, have demands of increased cardiac activity and speed that may be improved through music exposure.

regenerative medicine, equine musculoskeletal injuries, inflammatory protein Interleukin-1, Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein, platelet rich plasma, hypoxic-ischemic-based injuries, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, modern equine medicine

What exactly is regenerative medicine? It’s been a buzz phrase for a while now, yet it remains somewhat of a mystery to many horse owners as an application in the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries suffered by performance horses in particular.

Equine Cloning, horse cloning, is cloning safe?, cloned equine embryo, Dr. Katrin Hinrichs, professor Patsy Link, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, embryo care, Cryozootech colt Gemini, Margaret Evans, genetic horse cloning defects, Blake Russell horse cloning, Pure Tailor Fit horse cloning

A recent poll on the Canadian Horse Journal website asked the question: Should equines be cloned? Some 83 percent of respondents said no, not until more research has been done; 15 percent said maybe, in special situations with strict parameters; just two percent said yes, and that registration of clones should be allowed.

Margaret Evans, equine sarcoid skin tumours, horse skin tumours, bovine papillomavirus BPV, Douglas Antczak VMD PhD, Dorothy Havemeyer McConville, horse genetics, equine tumour regrowth, horse care

Sarcoid skin tumours are the most common form of cancer in horses. The most frequent areas where they grow are around the eyes, the ears, or in the girth area, and they may be locally aggressive. As a result, sarcoid tumours can make a horse unusable for many activities and potentially reduce the animal’s quality of life.

Equiwinner natural electrolyte balancing system

An adult horse’s body is comprised of approximately 70 percent water, and all bodily functions depend on the conductivity of fluids in and around cells. Because electrolytes conduct electricity and manage all bodily fluids, good health depends upon correct electrolyte levels working properly in order to maintain optimum balance in the body. Proper electrolyte activity keeps horses hydrated for improved general health and performance.

 Dr. Crystal Lee, Equine Joint Inflammation, equine Osteoarthritis, healthy equine cartilage, healthy equine cartilage, Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, equine articular cartilage

A healthy joint in the limb of a horse provides a frictionless system and facilitates movement with ease. Each joint depends on the function of each of its components to serve this purpose in an equine athlete. Bone, articular cartilage, synovial fluid, synovial membrane, fibrous joint capsule, and ligamentous structures make up these components.

senior horse, aging horse, older horse, horse massage, equine massage, northwest school of animal massage

The idea of scheduling a massage for your horse may seem luxurious. Yet those who have experienced it will agree that massage can be a valuable tool in managing an animal’s health and well-being, along with other therapies such as chiropractic or acupressure. Senior horses present an opportunity to combine different approaches to health because each horse will have a very specific set of needs depending on their age and stage of life.

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Horse owners today have an array of complementary practices and products to turn to in the care and management of their equine partners. Things like acupuncture, chiropractic and massage are now more widely accessible than ever before.

horse Carrot Stretches, horse stretches, horse flexibility, equine stretches

Dynamic mobilization stretches, or "carrot stretches," should be performed on level, non-slip footing in an enclosed area, with the horse standing square and balanced. Encourage the horse to hold each position for several seconds, followed by a moment to allow them to relax their muscles and return to neutral before the next attempt.

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