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Help for the Arthritic Horse

When a horse is lame from an arthritic joint, massage to the surrounding muscles can help reverse atrophy. When a horse is in pain in a limb, he will stop using that leg, causing the muscles to waste away. In compensation, other legs will take up the load. One of the first things I do when assessing a horse is to make sure the body is symmetrical: all muscles on one side should be the same size as on the other side.

Massage can help little used muscles regain their tone. ¬†Along with correct shoeing, nutrition and supplements, the right turnout and exercise, a horses’ athletic career can be greatly extended.


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