To identify the anatomic site and frequency of musculoskeletal injuries suffered by Quarter Horse races over one year and to assess data from matched control horses and injured horses. Quarter Horse race tracks and association with other similar tracks are evaluated. Matched equine control races in which Quarter Horses sustained a musculoskeletal injury matched to a horse running in a similar class.
Protection Against Musculoskeulatory Problems
All equine athletes, especially Quarter Horse Racing, require protection against musculoskeulatory problems. Injuries to the musculoskeletal system, including lower back, leg, elbow, and shoulder sprains and fractures, are common. These injuries occur at race tracks where the Quarter Horse races are run regularly. The injury occurs when a horse comes to rest or is eliminated.
Crossing The Finish Line
The cause of the injury is unknown in most cases, but it has been determined that the injury to a quarter horse racehorse can be the result of the shock associated with crossing the finish line. When a horse crosses the finish line, the muscles surrounding the body relax, so the leg muscles are pulled down. This pulls on the back leg, which then comes into contact with the surface.
The horse may hit another horse or object along the way, causing the legs to be jerked around while the horse is jolted forward, resulting in the Quarter Horse’s injury. Injury to the head and neck can also result from collisions with obstacles, fences, and other racehorses during Quarter Horse racing. Head and neck injuries are very rare with Quarter Horse racing, but it does occur occasionally.
Injury Of Horse’s Head
If an injury is located near the top of the horse’s head, the pain can be described as a dull ache, similar to a dull headache. If a symptom is present, it is more likely to affect the horse’s head than the right. When pain becomes constant, the horse’s performance will decline, and the pain will begin to extend down the horse’s neck to its neck, shoulders. The neck and shoulders may also become stiff and sore.
Muscle stiffness is another symptom. It can occur in various positions on the back of the horse, or chest, with the feeling that the horse is dragging and aching as if the muscles are too tight. It can also be described as having aching or tiring, like being in the middle of a cold. Muscle spasms may occur as well.
Other symptoms that are present can include fever, fatigue, depression, and vomiting. It is important to take the time to check in with your veterinarian for these symptoms. Because many factors can cause muscle stiffness, it is possible that an injury that is caused by a quarter horse race can have long term effects. Once you have ruled out any obvious causes for the pain, your veterinarian may need to perform laboratory tests to rule out a more serious problem.
Consult Your Veterinarian
Anytime you see an injury on a horse, you must immediately consult your veterinarian. You must have a medical evaluation to determine whether your horse needs immediate surgery. In most cases, the veterinarian will order an x-ray and then send it to the lab. The radiographs can show the extent of the injury and the amount of muscle injury and any ligament damage.
Surgery usually does not cure a horse, but it may alleviate the pain and the associated pain. It can be performed if the injury is major and extensive. However, because Quarter Horse racing is a high impact sport, if the horse continues to injure. It may cause further injury in the future, increasing the risk of additional problems. In most cases, a horse that is injured will recover after the surgery.
To prevent this from happening, you will want to make sure your horse is well-hydrated. The fluids will help your horse to heal faster. Your veterinarian can recommend supplements or foods to help your horse feel better. Be sure your horse is rested properly to prevent the incidence of recurrences.
If you believe your horse is injured or think a recovery time may be longer than anticipated, please notify your veterinarian immediately. The more time you wait, the more chance your horse has to get worse. There is always a chance that you will need to have another surgery to correct an injury. Which means that the horse will not recover as fast as it should.