Hock Injection

"Hock Havoc" in our April 2007 print issue addressed the use of hock injections and other treatments for managing an equine athlete's lower hock-joint health, including osteoarthritic conditions. In addition to shoeing, turnout and training-routine changes, surgical fusion and supplementation can be factors in maintaining hock health and minimizing potential performance problems, as can injections of hyaluronic acid and polysulfated glycosaminoglycans.

 

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Good Catch

In the August issue, trainer Randy Rieman addresses the very real problem of buddy- and barn-sour horses. Breaking the magnets that hold your horse's attention is key to making him a willing partner and your initial training session begins with catching him in the pasture.

 

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Consider Acupuncture and Qualified Practitioners

In "The Acupuncture Alternative" in the August Western Horseman, freelancer Audrey Pavia discussed acupuncture from both the Eastern and the Western points of view, and gave one horse owner's firsthand account of her experiences with the alternative treatment. Here, Pavia includes some things to consider in determining if acupuncture might be a right for your horse. She also provides guidelines for finding a qualified acupuncturist.

 

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More Stopping Tips

Canadian horsemen Jeff and Jesse Beckley, a father-and-son duo share a reining-horse training barn at the family's Three Bars Guest Ranch near Cranbrook, British Columbia, which also supports a cattle operation. No matter what a horse's job with the outfit, he is trained for a reliable stop. Obviously, the reiners slide long distances, but ranch cow and guest horses are expected to be dependable in their stops, as well.

 

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