In my opinion the horse is the most gentle and biddable of all the animals given the opportunity.

Talk to him, breathe down your nose at him and don’t try to put your hand on him until you have his interest and attention.

Remember that a horse will usually only kick if he is afraid, it is a fear reaction. So however  you are intending to examine the horse ,it is essential to always try to keep one hand (the one you are not using ) on the flank or leg of the animal because if he decides to try to kick he will transmit that message to you through your hand and you can push him out of the way , or at least step back and avoid the blow… for what it is worth, from one who has been there, don’t worry about being kicked because you will never feel it until afterwards when it hurts for a while, and if he kills you it don’t matter at all, because you won’t feel it. For a male, being kicked in the nuts by a pony is the worst ever that can happen. On a paddock looking down the Auckland harbour, I’d swear there were two Auckland Harbour Bridges. OWCH!

Good horse diet is essential for satisfactory care of the horse, and like dog food there is a plethora of commercial brands some good and others not so wonderful. Horse diet in my experience is one of the root causes of veterinary calls to horses are related in some way to diet of the horse or horse injury.

 One has to include horse ligament injuries and sprains in this group because, as was been abundantly clear to the Chinese for 2500 years. that this horse injury,the original problem stemmed from  ina[ppropriate diet. Why must we persist in treatment of symptoms rather than elimination of causes. 

 Ignorance maybe .Perhaps this site will help to dispel some of myths surrounding horse bruising and horse injury. The STIR system (soft tissue injury repair) system of treatment has been developed by Dr Frith over thirty years of holistic horse medicine treatments. (Refer subscription section)

 One cannot, contrary to popular opinion define cause as the symptom with - itis tacked on  - this is an anomaly derived from Western Medicine in humans, repeated by the veterinary profession and imposed on trainers and owners alike as a substitute for identification of causative factors in diseases of horses. That is not to say with the development of very expensive techniques like MRI and stem cell techniques have no place but if one expects their animal to race or perform after a major tendon injury then the likelihood is that the animal will likely be a also ran, an expensive one to be sure. There is no doubt that high value expensive operations are what are expected by owners when a horse breaks down, but what about the cause. Treat the cause better still use preventative techniques of horse management.   Traditional Chinese medicine for horses

 In 1986 had the ‘privilege of treating one of Mr Sangster’s $750000 pound two year olds that had been under investigation for a short stepping foreleg for six months by all the experts in the area. On examination using STIR technique it was obvious that he had wrenched his upper neck, a condition that which was treated in 10 seconds by giving him a chiropractic manipulation. The horse walked out sound after something like 30 seconds. The history suggested a crash into a fence when exercising may have been the cause.

 Many of these injuries are easily fixed with Traditional Chinese Medicine for horses which is the basis of S.T.I.R. (soft tissue injury repair) and so long as the horse is allowed to roll immediately after the treatment to self-adjust his own spine Feeding horses with good diet which should include herbal components (- don’t forget he is a herbivore and given the chance will find his own cures in the wild otherwise he is food for the predators.) Most often after a treatment using Traditional Chinese Medicine for horses or S.T.I.R (soft tissue injury repair) .your horse will stay sound.

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 I have attempted to define the injuries that can be causative to these problems and correction techniques. These S.T.I.R (soft tissue injury repair) techniques and good farriery will solve most problems. (Refer to subscription section of this website. Good farriery in chronic horse injury

Surely one should attempt to remove the causes of the tensions that lead to the biomechanical tension that causes the tendon to rupture under pressure in the first place.

Tendon injuries in horses- the role of diet

According to the Nei Ching., a treatise on traditional Chinese Medicine written 22 centuries ago shows the relationship of the carbohydrate metabolism (spleen in Chinese parlance) to the function of the liver is critical. If the energy of the spleen is damaged by too much carbohydrate in the diet then the liver will dominate and the result is damage or potential injury to the ligaments and tendons of the four limbs. Think about the diet of the modern day horse or dog, the food is dominated by carbohydrate and the occurrence of such problems as blown tendons in the horse and cruciate ligaments in the dog are both on the increase.

 WE are creating disease by wrong thinking about diet.