Is Your Horse Tired?

Some forms of fatigue are obvious: the horse moves slowly, hangs his head, and seems to be struggling to work at the usual level. There is a form of fatigue that might be more difficult to recognize: If the structure of the horse is stressed repeatedly, without enough rest in between, the structure can collapse. The horse might be just fine with a certain level of stress once. But the same stress experienced over and over can cause failure. Fatigue failure of this type is a major factor in the development of arthrosis, a degenerative joint disease. If cartilage in a joint can withstand one day of stress, damage is done when repeated too often.

 

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1 thought on “Is Your Horse Tired?

  1. Phyllis Maynard

    Just like humans. If we feel fatigued and won’t do anything about it, take medicine or rest, eventually this will lead to health deterioration. Same with horses. It is really up to the owner to recognize these signs on horses.

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