The Forest for the Trees

“Poor Angel!  Nothing is stopping his stifle from locking up!”  Angel is a six year old TB gelding.  He’s so sweet and behaves so well, his mom calls him Angel.   

 

He keeps getting agonizing stifle-locking episodes, for almost eight months.

 

He’s been stalled at times.  Other times hand-walked.  Then ground-pole worked...and none of it helps.  

 

Angel will just be standing there quietly.  Then he tries to move and bam!  Locked and he can’t bend his left stifle at all.  He’s so good about it, but you can see he’s trying to control his panic.

 

Multiple vets have done all the usual things.  Radiographs (xrays), ultrasounds, injections, medications.  Nothing is working.  

 

What’s the solution?

 

If one stops staring at the left stifle “the tree”, and just take look at his entire body “the...

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Rear Suspensory Questions

Hi again,

I hope this post finds you well.  We had a number of requests for rear suspensory information so I’d share it with you too.

 

Ok, as you know from the video https://www.tuckerbiokinetic.com/save-your-suspensory-free-training, the real cause of suspensory trouble is the stay apparatus.   The same is true of the hind end.

 

The hind end, however, doesn’t have an easy three-fulcrum fix.

 

It has seven.



Why is the hind end more complicated?

 

Lateral movement is an example that hopefully will explain this.

 

When a horse’s front leg moves laterally, the entire leg moves to the side as one unit.  This is because the front leg is not attached to the body with bones.  Horses do not have a clavicle (collarbone) like we do.

 

So with the front leg, lateral movement is primarily done with muscles.

 

The hind legs, however, are attached with bone:  the hip bone.

 

And as the old song goes, the...

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What vets aren’t telling you about suspensory injury

Hey there,

What don’t vets tell you about suspensory injury?

That it’s bad? That it’s hard to heal? That it’s the second most common cause of injury?

Nah, they’ll tell you about that.

You won’t hear these two things from a vet:

Suspensory injuries are 99% preventable. (I’m not kidding).

A suspensory injury is just the tip of the iceberg. A whole lot more is "offline" in the leg, and the suspensory injury is just what we can see.

If you’d like to hear more, I have a video for you. It’s longer than the "never post a video longer than 10 minutes" people suggest.

But I’ve noticed that people who read my posts are intelligent, and want to really learn the truth about horses.

You’ll hear in the video:

  • Why the suspensory isn’t the true cause of injury.
  • How the front leg actually works (hint: it’s not pulling the horse along)
  • How the scary-sounding "stay apparatus" is involved
  • What you can check to make sure...
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16 months in stall?!? What possible reason….

This must be a mistake.  

 

They can’t have kept a horse in a stall for 16 months.  

 

Especially not a seven year old Arabian stallion!   

 

I tried to avoid looking shocked and horrified.

 

But the owner's face confirmed it.  

 

You know how a person can have such an “overcontrolled” expression, that you know they’re about to break down in tears?   Yeah, that was Laura’s face.  Tight, trying to be calm and friendly, but desperate.

 

I had been called in to look at her lame horse, but she met me out in the driveway the second I pulled in.

 

The short version of Jack’s (the stallion) history:

 

He’d been head-bobbing lame (Grade 2 out of 5) on the right front for almost a year and a half.   Originally a suspensory ligament injury.   They had done the usual treatments, plus extra therapies which I won’t get into to keep this...

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Suspensory Injury Top 3 Rehab Suggestions

Avoid rehab mistakes -- of suspensory injuries or any kind -- with these three tips:

 

Getting a lot of questions about rehab for suspensory injuries!  Here’s my top 3 suggestions:

#1  Don’t start rehab until your horse is ready to start rehab

How do you know?  Several signs of healing:

  • No heat
  • No swelling
  • No limping
  • Standing without placing leg forward.
  • <maybe> ultrasound improvements
  • No pain upon touch or squeezing suspensory
  • AND….

Most IMPORTANT:   The three Fulcrums of the stay apparatus (shoulder, accessory carpal bone, and sesamoids) move properly and have no tendency to re-”stick”.    That is, if any of the three Fulcrums keep “sticking”, then there is an underlying primary cause that must be addressed.

If that underlying primary cause is not addressed, then the suspensory is in danger of renewed injury.

Don’t know what I mean by the three Fulcrums?  There’s a free video on...

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