Soundness is so important for horses and for our relationship with them. Horses are by nature stoical and it is often tricky to see when something is becoming a niggle for them as they tend to cover it up and keep going. But it is also tricky for ourselves as owners and riders as we see our horses every day and these gradual changes are hard to spot. Maybe it is like not noticing that your partner is going grey until you see a photo from last year.
Horses tend to cope with things until the tipping-point when they find it all too much, and this is when we see them suddenly stop jumping, refusing to load or going in the school, or starting to buck. Another problem with their coping strategy is that one niggle leads to another as the horse tries to compensate. Simple, easily fixed problems can lead on too much bigger and harder to resolve issues if they go beyond the tipping point.
Horses are made of flesh and blood like ourselves and are subject to all the same aches and pains we are. We ask each other ‘how are you’ as a greeting and a nod to the possibility that as a human something might well hurt. Our practice is very interested in anticipating problems and trying to head off trouble, while keeping our horses as comfortable and engaged as possible. Our trot up and lunge service is designed to be added on to routine visits such as vaccinations, or at any other time to assess current comfort and soundness. We would recommend our trot up and lunge service at a minimum of once a year, and the cost is designed to make this easily affordable.
The trot-up and lunge examination is not part of any on-going lameness examination, it is just for surveillance and reassurance and does not include any diagnostic work. If you would prefer to use our school, we are happy to see horses for trot-up and lunge at our clinic in Stedham for the same price. If your horse does not lunge, it can be free schooled instead, either at your yard or our clinic.
For more information or to book your trot up and lunge please call: 01730 810742