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Posted on 09-22-2017

Caring for Cutting Horses

At Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center, our vet team loves working with horses; these are strong, elegant, and intelligent animals that thrive with exercise and hard work. For this reason, many local horse owners in our community participate in cutting. This sport is a test of agility and athleticism, as it assesses a horse's ability to work with its handlers and a group of cattle. Unfortunately, injuries can and do happen. Our Bowling Green veterinarian Dr. Stan Snodgrass brings his passion for animals and his years of extensive clinical experience to his practice and has helped hundreds of horses over the years recover from cutting related injuries.

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Common Injuries in Cutting Horses 

Traditionally, horses that participate in cutting and reining sports are young, very agile, and small in stature. This, along with the highly robust and competitive nature of the sport, can predispose horses to a variety of injuries, such as:

Forelimb lameness 

  • Palmar heel pain (also called navicular syndrome)
  • Suspensory ligament inflammation and damage

Hindlimb lameness 

  • Distal tarsitis (also called arthritis and inflammation of the distal tarsal joints)
  • Stifle (knee) damage, which can be chronic or acute

Anyone of these injuries can occur due to a variety of factors, including the age of the horse, the size of the horse's body and feet, fatigue, and the high workload imposed on the horse. No matter what type of injury your horse has sustained, our Bowling Green vet can help. We offer a variety of equine services that can diagnose a cutting injury and provide effective and humane treatment.

Keep Your Horse Healthy With Our Equine Veterinarian Team

Do you participate in the sport of cutting with your horse? If so, our Bowling Green veterinarian team can help ensure your horse stays healthy throughout its life. To schedule an appointment or learn more about how to care for your horse, call Snodgrass Veterinary Medical Center today.

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