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Tendons & Ligaments: Anatomy and Injuries Explained by Melissa Johnson, DVM

The equine lower limb is an arrangement of bones, tendons and ligaments that give the horse its speed, power, and ability to sleep while standing. The horse’s massive size and athleticism can lead to injuries of these structures that can limit performance.  It is important to understand the structures of your horse’s legs so you can better recognize what can lead to injury and how to recognize injury.A tendon connects muscle to bone to allow the contraction of a muscle to elicit movement in a bone or joint. A ligament connects bone to bone or cartilage to bone and functions in stabilizing...

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AquaPacer and Hally Make Winning Combination

When BMQ Hally Berry, a 4-year-old AQHA, caught her leg in a fence this past summer, she required 30 stitches on her hind left hock and had to be on stall rest for 6 weeks. Her leg had to be completely immobilized and the bandage changed daily for the first 4 weeks. It was a lot of work for her owner Rachel Lueth, who began the slow rehabilitation process with Hally. She started with hand walking, lunging and eventually riding her after two months. Lueth’s chiropractor, Alana Altnow, saw Hally recovering slowly and was concerned about her range of motion.  Altnow had heard somewhere in Hastings...

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AquaPacer Puts Impulsive Back on Winning Track

Impulsive, an 18 year-old Dutch Bred gelding, had a very successful show jumping career when a ligament injury sent him to pasture where he lost muscle and gained weight. His owner and trainer, Scott Lenkart, discovered the AquaPacer at Cornerstone Horse Complex with the help of Kelle Myers who was caring for Impulsive during his layup. Lenkart did not waste any time starting Impulsive on the road to recovery, after all he had won 28 Grandprixs, 17 of which were on Impulsive. John Dusek III, the owner of Cornerstone Horse Complex, started Impulsive on a 3 day-a-week routine which showed progress...

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