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Re: [RC] The nutritional guide to lame babies - Barbara McCrary

This is a terrific bit of education!!!
Just to share an experience of ours.....
We once had a gorgeous weanling Arab that was unapproachable.  I could
hardly catch him in a small paddock and I couldn't handle him at all.  He
was for all intents and purposes, wild.  I took him to a trainer who was, I
now believe, just getting started in the newer natural horsemanship methods.
To subdue this colt, she round-penned him at a frantic gallop, with fast
roll-backs, for 1-1/2 hours until he was so exhausted that he submitted to
being handled.  Neither the trainer nor we realized what would happen in the
future.  I was impressed with the colt's submission, and the trainer was
proud of the results of her training methods.
Within a very short period of time, the colt's knees swelled up and he was
lame.  In time I brought him home from his "training" and was able to handle
him, lead, etc.  However, he stayed lame for the next 3 years and I finally
had to "dump" him.  He went to the UC-Davis veterinary school for study.  It
was a very sad lesson learned.  If only I knew then what Susan G. has just
informed us, we might still have that gorgeous bay gelding.......

Barbara McCrary



----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Garlinghouse" <suendavid@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "Jennifer Judkins" <jenjudkins@xxxxxxxxx>; "Budler,Cindy - Afrox"
<Cindy.Budler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 2:42 PM
Subject: [RC] The nutritional guide to lame babies



If anything occurs to disrupt this ossification process, then you get
abnormal bone development, and there are *lots* of things that can
potentially go wrong in this area besides a nutrition problem.  Trauma can
physically disrupt the epiphysis, causing what's called a Salter-Harris
fracture; conformation problems can cause abnormal biomechanical forces on
one side more than another...you get the idea.  However, the most
prevalent
cause of problems appears to be nutritionally based, in combination with
excess rate of growth and excess body mass.

Susan G



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Re: [RC] Nutritional deficiencies?, Jennifer Judkins
[RC] The nutritional guide to lame babies, Susan Garlinghouse