|First Posted |
Oct 29, 2012
Neck Problems in the Horse
Have you recently noticed that your horse may be off in his gait or may be dragging a toe or forelimb? Perhaps your horse is reluctant to move forward or is stiff when trying to bend. Maybe you notice that your horse has changed his head carriage and keeps his head in a fixed low position. There are many scenarios that could cause these symptoms but neck issues may be one of them!
A full assessment of the horse must be made to exclude other possible causes such as faulty conformation, muscle atrophy or overdevelopment of muscles in a specific area, back pain, lameness, neurological issues, heat, swelling, tendon or ligament issues, stifle, even improper shoeing, etc.
"Depending on the horse's clinical signs (forelimb lameness, neck pain, neurological signs, etc.) ...narrow down the list of possible neck problems into the most likely causes for each case. For instance, neck conditions veterinarians and owners should consider with signs of forelimb lameness include:
Note: Graham Munroe, BVSc(Hons), PhD, CertEO, DESM, Dipl. ECVS, FRCVS, of Flanders Veterinary Services, in Scotland
Below are some possible causes related to the neck region if your horse shows neurological signs.
Consider neck problems when evaluating poor performance in your horse. Neck conditions are quite common. It should be noted that neck issues are particularly seen in Warmblood breeds.
For More Information:Diagnosing Equine Neck Conditions
Back and Neck Problems in Horses