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bigal 11-28-2008 10:15 PM

Tying up
 
Hello all,
I have tried many methods (ie. changing diet, increased electrolytes, etc) however nothing seems to work. I am wondering if you have found any success in curing or controlling tying up in a standardbred race horse? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

SonnyWimps 11-28-2008 10:21 PM

How do you keep your horse? In a stall? If yes, turn him out 24/7 that will improve your horse soooo much (plus it's healthier for the horse)

BeauReba 11-28-2008 10:39 PM

Is your horse still racing? Often horses will tie up because they don't get regular work. Race horses are prone to it because they usually jog/exercise 5 days a week and race really hard one day a week. Along with regular steady exercise, less grain, and vitamin E and magnesium are supposed to help prevent it. If your horse ties up you should keep him warm, massage his tendons and put a warm, moist towel over them.

Spyder 11-28-2008 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bigal (Post 200277)
Hello all,
I have tried many methods (ie. changing diet, increased electrolytes, etc) however nothing seems to work. I am wondering if you have found any success in curing or controlling tying up in a standardbred race horse? Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

This is something not to mess with. Get a vet to run some tests on him. Turnout is fine but it may not reveal the CAUSE of the problem like PSSM.

Here is a good article with SOME solutions but a vet would be your best choice.

SmartPak Equine - Health & Nutrition - Diseases & Conditions - Tying Up & Muscular Health

NorthernMama 11-28-2008 10:46 PM

have you thought of ulcers? 90% of track horses have them. I've gone through it with mine...

Gimme A Dream 11-29-2008 03:57 AM

This may sound stupid
 
What is 'tying up'? I've always had Standardbreds right off the track, always female and never had any trouble with them. So I'm curious about 'tying up'. I'm assuming that it doesn't mean cross-tying them or tying them in an unfenced hay field. BeauReba mentioned tendons. Is he having trouble with his tendons?

iridehorses 11-29-2008 09:21 AM

Gimme: this may explain it: http://www.recoveryeq.com/muscle_tension_pro.htm or Tying Up in Horses

Ryle 11-29-2008 10:26 AM

Spyder is right, you really need to figure out the cause. Then once you start treatment you need to give it a bit of time.

http://www.thehorse.com/pdf/AAEP/muscles.pdf
The Horse: Diagnostic Approach To Equine Muscle Disorders


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