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marzo 16, 2010

Staying Sound Is Key

Filed under: Experiencia — harasambato @ 2:29 am

                                                  

La Sra.  Ma. Alejandra Bauzá-Brown representa a Haras Ambato en USA. Escribe una de las páginas mas interesantes que he leido en el Facebook su nombre es JUMPERS. Allí ha publicado este artículo que los invito a leer por la importancia de su contenido.

The ability to stay sound is critical for every equine athlete. Jumping is a rigorous sport, and even the strongest horses are susceptible to injury. The “hang-time” is easy, the horses spend less than a single second suspended in the air over each fence. It’s the ground work that can be grueling. Explosive take offs, tight turns, and high-impact landings eventually take a toll on every horse.
Years of repetitive impact contribute to the development of degenerative joint disease, a condition that is responsible for the premature retirement of most sport horses. The early stages of disease are often silent, and by the time lameness becomes evident, permanent damage usually is a reality.
Proper shoeing and working on good surfaces are two factors that can significantly reduce the damage of repetitive impact. “Poor footing and over-aggressive use of calks on shoes can predispose horses to injuries. It’s important to have the best farrier possible.
” Footing that is too hard increases concussion on limbs, while too-soft footing can make the horse work too hard for traction, over-stressing tendons and ligaments”. Calks stop feet from sliding on a surface, which can be good and bad. A tiny bit of slide on landing is normal, and removing that slide (effectively stopping the foot instantly on landing) can stress various structures in the limb.
Lets encourage the riders to look out for the safety of their mounts. “Some horses definitely have a better sense of self-preservation and are more careful and better balanced than others, and some riders prepare their horses better for turns and see the distance better,” she says. “It’s probably not the number of jumps, but rather the number of unbalanced turns and bad landings that cause injuries.”  Thanks to the horse.com

Ma. Alejandra Bauzá – Brown

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