In these times as we are becoming increasingly educated on different aspects of the health of our horses, and animals in general, quite a few situations arise which cause us to think deeper about the knowledge and treatment options that veterinarians apply to our animals. This article is not meant to be an affront to the knowledgeable and responsible up-to-date veterinarians. The sad fact however is that we routinely encounter a pattern that an international majority of veterinarians display. The pattern is a lack of knowledge about horses biologically correct keeping, about illnesses connected to biologically wrong keeping, about the natural normal behavior of these animals inside of and outside of their biological niche, as well as treatment of simple infections and abscesses related to their biological niche requirements being disregarded.
Salin, a former dressage horse, came to my place — Academia Liberti Rehabilitation Centre Akazienhof, Hungary — in august 2012 with diagnosis 'dyspnea at rest'.
Equestrian sport — a diagnosis
Academia Liberti is honored to present its Patron, Dr Hiltrud Strasser, a true pioneer researcher in the area of horse natural health. In this article we introduce our readers to the essence of Dr Strasser's researches and their results, which brought to an existence an approach in horse hoof care called 'Dr Strasser's Knowledge'.
Article focuses on the importance of species appropriate feeding/eating behaviour of equines.
Heat in the horse's body is continuously generated as a by-product of metabolism, and a healthy animal has significant internal sources of heat from the metabolic processes (Bicego at al., 2007). To control internal heat loss during the cold time of year, the horse is provided by Nature with complicated and extremely efficient anatomical, physiological and behavioral thermoregulatory mechanisms. In order that the mechanisms are used in the most efficient way, or at all, the horse requires conditions equaling species appropriate lifestyle environments...
Natural Asymmetry by definition, is a slanted propulsion of the hind legs of the horse, by which cause a lateral shift or offset in the front legs. There is assumption that the reason for this is the location of the foal in the womb.
Grass grazing — essential for the horse
Thorakales Interspinales Syndrom (TIS)/Kissing Spine Syndrom (KSS)
Damage to the epaxial (muscle) tissue above and surrounding the vertebral column is the most common cause for backpain in the horse. (Jeffcott 1993) To make this study complete, we also need to involve the muscle tissues in the thoracic and lumbar area. Jeffcott and Dalin (1980) divided the main muscles in the horse’s back into three groups: - Superficial muscles: trapezius, and cutaneus – Deep muscles: serratus dorsalis cranialis, serratus dorsalis caudalis, longssimus dorsi, multitidi dorsi, iliocostalis dorsalis, and intertransversais lumborum – Sublumbal and gluteal muscles: psoas minor, psoas major, iliacus, quadratus lumborum, and glutealis medialis