Thursday, 22 April 2010

Front limb problems=hind limb problems



Three photos, which aren't perfect comparisons by any means, so they aren't intended to be a direct contrast. However, they illustrate something which we see regularly with horses which come here - although they always arrive with front limb lameness, very many of them have related hind limb problems.

It can be very complex, or as simple as the fact that if the front limbs are uncomfortable, horses will be reluctant to move, and loss of muscle in itself can lead to hind limb weakness.

Once we see front limb improvement, then its often possible to strengthen the hind limbs as well - you can never change a horses's conformation, but these photos do show that once front limbs are more capable, then hind limb strength improves in the same way, or even more so.

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