We a fascinating one is a horse’s health how do you know when a horse’s mouth is hurting when they’ve got teeth issues I think the first indication normally is it comes back from the rider right and so when they’ve been they’ve been cantering or galloping the horse they feel they’ve got issues in in steering normally okay and the.
Report hanging to one side or when they’re trying to restrain the awesome going to settle into rhythm it’s been quite keen and resisting there their aides.
Basically so that’s that’s invariably the first sign you would see at this.
Sort of level in the race yards and then we’ve got two full time that’s here yeah so they would then go and investigate the horse in the stable and in younger horses often the problem reported is their wolf teeth which the two teeth variable don’t don’t completely sprout through the.
Government just below the gum and if they they’re in the region where the bits sits in the mouth I go hand the pressure of the bit yeah on these teeth below the gum yep and can often be quite painful to some horses so they can need removed and a nearly issue you sometimes get this horse’s get quite sharp teeth towards the.
Back of the mouth for chiotti and they.
Can sort of cause minor lacerations in.
The cheek and be my shameful.
You have to rasp those down to make them smoother yeah and more comfortable for the horse okay and this is all the sort of knock-on effect from obviously the diet way of feeding horses yep now yeah he’s not what sure they’ve been they’ve been bred to do over the eyes of years you know they’re grazing animals that are used to eating you know silicates yeah.
Twenty three hours a day and they mal feeding them a high concentrate diet and so.
Teeth issues are more common now in this kind of population than you would see in your you sort of hobby horses that spend a lot more time grazing out in the field that’s fascinating and like you know obviously as a human being if we’re an athlete we can we can feel pain in any part of our body if we need a massage we can call a masseuse how would you know with them a horse when they’re kind.
Feeling a niggle looking you see in the way they’re walking or with the work riders be able to tell you or lameness is the key sign yeah and.
Normally the report would come back.
From from the ride or not they’re not happy with with the horse of how it’s moving right that can be just in its warm up yeah trotting or perhaps even on the on the canter during its work and then I’d say then it’s handed over to our.
Veterinary team and we’ll examine a examine at the horse often under saddle first with the rider on to see if we can you know appreciate the the feedback they’re giving us if we can see the same thing they think it’s lame or.
A particular leg yeah do we agree yeah and and then we’ll normally take it back into the yard and look at it without the rider on because often the rider can sometimes influence the so how the lameness presents itself and with the rider off you get a clearer picture of exactly how the horse is moving and whether.
It is sound or lame and then your next step is to try and identify where that lameness is coming from so we’ve localized it to one leg normally and then the normal process is to.
Start what we call nerve blocking right and so you basically introduce local anesthesia into basically work up.
The leg and desensitize each region one by one.
Until the horse comes sound so you you basically block out its foot so.
It can’t feel but and if it’s still lame then you know it’s not the foot and then slightly yeah and maybe do the fetlock yeah and the horse is still lame so you know it’s not that region.
And then move up and do the knee and all of a sudden the horse becomes sound straightaway after you’ve put a little bit of local anesthetic into the Nama and you realize that’s.
My area of issue yeah and then you might start to x-ray or do further investigation to find out what’s what’s going on there awesome in depth analysis from Charlie Johnson hope you all enjoyed that top soft light.