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How To Treat Shoulder Pain in a Horse

Posted on: January 27th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

Before you jump into a treatment routine to help your horse overcome his shoulder pain, it’s important to understand what’s causing the pain, and what type of injury it could be. Then, along with regular Leg Saver therapy, there are several other natural methods you can try.

How to Accurately Diagnose Shoulder Pain in a Horse

Shoulder pain in horses is often misdiagnosed as such due to the similarity of symptoms. For example, severe pain in the foot-pastern-ankle area can be misinterpreted as shoulder pain due to restricted forward leg movement; or rather, a shortening of the stride. In turn, shoulder muscles will tense involuntarily.

Look for these signs of true shoulder pain:

  1. Swelling of the shoulder joint
  2. Pain under pressure on the shoulder area
  3. The horse swings his leg in an arc rather than straight up and forwards
  4. Restricted leg movement and unfinished strides

Types of Shoulder Pain in a Horse

Shoulder dysplasia (where the socket is too shallow for the ball of the joint) can lead to dislocations, and arthritis in more severe cases. Arthritis can also develop from bone disease in cases of abnormality between the bone and cartilage. Cysts will form and the cartilage becomes brittle, eventually resulting in arthritis. Soft tissue injury is another common source of pain for horses.

How to Treat Shoulder Pain

Cold and Heat Treatments

Cold packs should only be used in cases of obvious heat and inflammation of the shoulder. They can also be used after exercise. Warm up the area with a heat treatment prior to exercise and periodically throughout the day.

Gentle Stretching

Once the initial inflammatory stage is over, start with a heat treatment and then move on to light stretching exercises. They can also be done as a warm-up before more strenuous exercise is planned.

Leg Saver Ting Point Therapy

Our electro therapy treats inflammation at a cellular level, effectively shortening healing time.

 

That is one of the most important things to remember: when treating shoulder pain, as with all injuries, it’s important to monitor your horse closely. If you are familiar with what “normal” looks like for them, you will be able to anticipate injury sooner and apply healing methods quicker. If you have any questions regarding how Leg Saver therapy can help treat your horse’s shoulder pain, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

 

How Leg Saver Benefits Your Horse’s Overall Health

Posted on: January 13th, 2018 by Liddleworks Indie Media No Comments

For twenty years, Leg Saver has treated thousands of horses around the world for a multitude of injuries and ailments. Our satisfied clients and healthy horses are testament to the power of Leg Saver. We set out to improve the performance level of equine athletes, discovering new benefits to our ting point therapy method along the way for a holistic treatment that’s now an asset to trainers, racers, equine therapists and pleasure riders equally.

So how does Leg Saver benefit your horse’s overall health?

The non-invasive, electro therapy treats inflammation at a cellular level by increasing oxygen-rich blood flow to all organs, bringing them back into balance and strengthening them. The Leg Saver’s wave form technology also kills bacterial and viral infections as they cannot survive in that frequency.

This one, seemingly simple action has a ripple effect through the horse’s body. Healthy blood circulation allows your horse numerous benefits:

  • Strengthened immune system

  • Balanced hormones

  • Reduced recovery time

  • Fast rear muscle soreness relief

  • Increased stamina

Quicker healing time means more time to rejuvenate and train, resulting in a more consistent athletic performance.

The Finer Points of Leg Saver’s Healing Benefits

Whole body health is achieved by:

  • Reduced swelling and edema

  • Reduced acute and chronic pain

  • lncreased range of motion and eases tightness

  • Releases muscle trigger points

  • lmproved soft tissue regeneration

Leg Saver addresses specific Ting Points to help heal common afflictions in horses:

  • Heals hoof problems: laminitis, founder, and navicular disease

  • Rear end soreness: azutoria/tying up

  • Lung bleeding or hemorrhaging

  • Hunter bump/sacroiliac

  • Osslets

  • Colic and Stomach issues

  • Increased healing time of damaged: fetlocks, knees, shoulders, bowed tendons, hocks & ligaments

Addressing these issues on a regular treatment basis with Leg Saver can eliminate lameness altogether. You can read a more in-depth explanation of all the benefits of Leg Saver here. We are continually striving to improve our treatment product and processes to give horses the tools and healthy systems they require to heal themselves — assuring you less medical bills and a healthier, happier horse.

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Hocks – Arthritis – OCD – Repair

Posted on: February 11th, 2014 by legsaver 1 Comment

In dealing with some of the top-level professionals in the equine industry, including universities and veterinarians, we have come to the conclusion that the hock is a highly-stressed joint that has been overlooked by many and must be treated properly.

The HOCK is actually the most stressed and abused joint in the athletic horse.  This is a widely common health issue among all Race Horses, Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds, Standardbreds, Barrel Racers, Endurance Horses, Grand Prix Jumpers and all other performance horses.  It’s a serious matter that warrants more attention.

People have been using Injections, Sweating, Poultices, Magnetic Wraps, Firing and other modalities that are not in the best interest of the horse, the hocks, the trainer or the owner($$$$)—these treatments are costly and a waste of time.  None of these treatments will work effectively if there is any Arthritis or OCD in the hocks. 
LEG SAVER KILLS ALL INFECTIONS (ARTHRITIS) IN THE HOCKS.  LEG SAVER treatments increase fluid in the hocks (the fluid thickens which increases lubrication causing the joint to run smoother, like a well-oiled machine).

When the hocks are compromised there will be big problems in the front legs of the horse as well as problems in the rear end with the stifle, whirl bone and sacroiliac.  The front leg tendons, ligaments, ankles (fetlocks), knees and hooves take a lot of abuse when the hocks are compromised because the horse will adjust it’s gait to reduce the pain it is feeling in the hocks.  This adjustment shifts additional weight onto the front legs—remember the front end of the horse already carries 2/3 of the entire weight of the horse.

If you want to find out if your horse is suffering from painful hocks just feel them first thing in the morning (before exercise) and see if there is any heat in the lower joint of the hock.  Feel them with your hand but make sure you hold it there for 30 to 60 seconds.  The hock should feel cold, just like the ankle or hoof.  There should be no heat in the hocks whatsoever.

Comment: We find more issues with hocks in Race Horses that are racing on polytracks and smaller tracks with tight corners.

It is so easy to check on the hocks, so why not do it?