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If you have ever lost a thoroughbred prematurely to a preventable disease, you know just how traumatizing the experience can be. One way to greatly reduce the risk of experiencing this tragic scenario again is to work with a thoroughbred farm that has extensive experience in horse breeding. Here is a guide to some of the most common infectious horse diseases:
Equine encephalomyelitis, commonly known as “sleeping sickness,” is a disease brought on by exposure to mosquitos that carry various forms of the virus. If you notice that your horse is acting nervous or uncoordinated or has a hard time seeing, call your vet immediately, as these are common signs of sleeping sickness. Prevention methods include inoculation and mosquito control.
As its name suggests, this infectious disease is an incredibly unpleasant one that leaves horses with swollen lymph nodes that make it difficult to breathe. The main cause of strangles is exposure to materials, such as troughs or pasture fences, that have been contaminated by another horse's snot or skin abscesses. That's why it's essential for you to choose a sanitary and safe farm.
One of the most infectious diseases that plagues horse populations is the equine herpesvirus, which leads to breathing problems, pregnancy loss or still birth, and certain neurological problems. The latter symptom can progress into serious and irreversible damage if not adequately treated.
Equine Viral Arteritis
This infectious disease is characterized by heavy breathing, severe coughing, and fever. One of its most distinct symptoms that should be addressed immediately is the buildup of excess fluids within the body. In order to prevent equine viral arteritis (EVA), you should ensure that your mare is bred with a stallion that does not have the disease, as it is primarily spread through semen.
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One of the most highly regarded programs offered here at Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms is the foaling program, which grooms young foals so that they will one day become confident and strong adult horses.
The process begins with a few delicate hugs and strokes from our caring staff as soon as the foal has been delivered. This familiarizes the foal with human touch and prepares him for a future filled with human interaction. After about two months, the foal will be weaned in order to start the eventual process of being separated from his mother. Once the horse is six months old, he is moved to a new pasture to play, grow, and enjoy the company of foal companions.
Foaling is just one of the many programs that the trainers here at Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms offer. We also provide horse breeding services with our standing stallions.
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Thoroughbred horses are majestic creatures with impressive athletic abilities. In order for a race horse to be successful, it is essential that he receives proper handling and training starting from the time he is born. Newborn foals should be handled and stroked as soon as they are born. This will help them get used to being touched and teaches them that people are nothing to be afraid of. Like most animals, horses are not born with an innate trust of humans—this must be developed as part of the training process. Check out this infographic to learn more about the early stages of equine life and training. You’ll find out how to help your horse adjust to new surroundings once he is ready to leave the area where he was born. Please feel free to share this infographic with friends and family who share your interest in horse breeding and training.
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In order to prevent your horse from developing any major injuries while training or competing, it's important that you assist him with basic muscle stretches on a regular basis. To ensure a successful stretching session, begin by examining your surroundings. Never engage in horse stretching when many flies are present, as you won't receive a positive reaction. Secondly, make sure that your horse isn't in a temperamental state of mind. As you stretch your horse, be aware of how tight his muscles are so that you don't force him to overextend. For more safe horse stretching tips, check out this video.
Here at Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms, we encourage our trainers and onsite professionals to make horse safety a top priority. From foaling to break training, safety is at the heart of every program conducted at our 83-acre ranch in the heart of Diamond Valley.
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Just as a ballerina warms up before hitting the stage, so too should every horseback rider stretch before hopping into the saddle of a thoroughbred to conduct training exercises. From reducing soreness to improving overall technique and performance, there are countless reasons why stretching is an essential component of becoming a successful rider. Take a look at several stretches you can perform as a horseback rider to prevent injuries while training:
If you are an intermediate or advanced rider, you know how tight the hips, knees, and calves can become during training. In order to loosen up these areas and increase flexibility, conduct several toe touches each day. Start by standing with your feet slightly apart, toes facing forward. Bend over and reach down to your toes without bouncing. Over time, you should be able to reach farther until it becomes comfortable to hug the knees.
Psoas Muscle Stretch
The psoas muscle is located at the lumbar region of the back above the pelvis. When this muscle is too tight, it becomes difficult for riders to stretch their heels to lie in line with the shoulder. To loosen up your psoas, sit on the edge of a table and lie down so that both legs hang downwards. Pull one knee into your chest and let the remaining leg stretch downwards to the ground. Exercise each side for 30 seconds two to three times per day.
Neck and Chest Stretch
Some of the most important muscle groups to stretch before training are the neck and chest. To work both in one simple exercise, raise one arm 90 degrees and press the forearm into a door jamb or wall. Turn your neck in the opposite direction. Then, repeat using the other arm. This will help you to stay limber each day and during your competition!