Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Link between saddle slip and lameness found

Horsetalk.co.nz - Full Article

By Horsetalk.co.nz on Oct 04, 2012 in Featured, Lameness, News

Research has shown a significant link between hind-limb lameness and saddle slip.

It has revealed consistent saddle slip in some horses with hind limb lameness, even when the lameness is fairly subtle and difficult to detect.

Saddle slip in sport horses is a well-recognised problem that can occur for several reasons, including asymmetry in the shape of the horse’s back, riders sitting crookedly, and ill-fitting saddles.

The head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust in Britain, Sue Dyson, had also observed that saddle slip may occur because of hind limb lameness.

She set out in her study to find out more about the inter-relationships between the horse, saddle and rider and to document the frequency of occurrence of saddle slip in horses with hind-limb lameness compared with other horses...

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