Wednesday, June 02, 2010

What Causes Stocking Up and How to Prevent It - Full Article

Steve Soule, VMD, answers a Practical Horseman reader's question about why her horse is stocking up and what she can do to prevent it.

By Steve Soule, VMD

Question: My horse is usually turned out 24/7, but I’ve been leaving him in his stall during the day because of hot weather. When I bring him out of his stall in the evening, his hind legs are swollen from his coronary band to just above his fetlock. I’ve been told he is “stocking up.” Why does this happen, and what can I do about it?

Answer: Stocking up is a very common problem caused primarily by stabling. In the wild, the average horse is on the move 20 hours a day, grazing, walking to water, fighting (or play fighting) and--when necessary--fleeing from predators. This nearly constant motion serves as an integral part of the circulatory system. Here’s how...

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