NOISY

EQUUS - - Eq Hands On -

sweats, such as sodium, cal­cium and potas­sium. Usu­ally de­liv­ered as a pow­der over grain or an oral paste, an elec­trolyte won’t re­hy­drate a horse, but it will make him thirsty enough to want a drink. Fol­low the dos­ing and feeding di­rec­tions on the la­bel. If your horse

For the an­swer, turn to page 25. still doesn’t drink within an hour of a dose, check in with your vet­eri­nar­ian.

No mat­ter how wor­ried you are, do not try to force your horse to drink with a hose or sy­ringe full of wa­ter. Not only are you un­likely to get enough wa­ter into him to make a dif­fer­ence, but there’s a very real chance of get­ting wa­ter into his res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem. If you are wor­ried enough about your horse drink­ing that you’re tempted to try a hose or sy­ringe, con­sult with your vet­eri­nar­ian.

WHAT JOINTS MEAN

They may sound alarm­ing, but pe­ri­odic pops or clicks com­ing from the joints of a com­fort­able, sound horse are noth­ing to fret about. Noisy joints in horses are caused by the same phys­i­o­log­i­cal process that al­lows you to “crack” your knuck­les: Stretch­ing of the joint cap­sule re­leases gas within the fluid rapidly. Af­ter a pe­riod of time, the gases return and you can crack the same joint again.

The equine joints you are most likely to hear crack are the highly mo­bile ones clos­est to your perch in the sad­dle: knees, hocks and sti­fles. Oc­ca­sion­ally you may hear a pop from a joint in the back or neck.

Re­gard­less of its lo­ca­tion, crack­ing

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