Avoiding Injuries & Taking Preventative Action

Avoiding Injuries & Taking Preventative Action

01:01 22 June in Blog

Avoiding Injuries & Taking Preventative Action

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Injuries are inevitable. And even more so, unpredictable. Whether your horse is accident-prone or sturdy and sound, no one is immune.

Successful owners and trainers not only acknowledge and accept that injuries are common and unforeseeable, but they take preventative actions.

We recently broke down the repercussions of intense workouts in our outline of the Training Trifecta and how LARC TEST can monitor certain physiological factors to reduce the risk of injury.

Despite knowing the threat (and cost) associated with such injuries, some have become so commonplace in the modern horse industry that there has actually been a decrease in emphasis on their significance.

Take for example the case of damaged tendons and ligaments. Tendon and ligament injuries now comprise at least 46 percent of sport horse injuries. Moreso, in one particular study of British racehorses and National Hunt horses, superficial digital flexor tendon (SDTF) injuries accounted for up to 90 percent of tendon/ligament injuries.

In addition to the initial veterinary costs of physical and lameness examinations and diagnostic ultrasounds, owners and trainers often face a minimum two-week rehab period for their horse. If the inflammation doesn’t subside and the horse returns to work too soon, the results can be disastrous.

And yet, nothing is being done to help prevent these injuries that are now considered almost… “normal.” So instead of crossing our fingers and hoping the worst doesn’t happen, let’s take preventative measures.

Kelli Taylor, DVM at Mindful Healing Veterinary Care in Bellvue, WA, notes that tendon injuries are preventable through proper conditioning. “Muscle exhaustion [and] fatigue from long training sessions or hard workouts results in poor muscle response and loss of tendon stabilization. Remember to give your horses a break and do not push them when they are tired.”

Lucky for veterinarians, horse trainers, and owners, LARC TEST helps improve your horse’s physical condition by monitoring their training and providing suggestions to their training regimen.

If preventative measures can’t convince you, consider the fact that nearly 24 racehorses die on the track every week. In the five-year span between 2009-2014, more than 4,000 horses suffered fatal injuries on turf, dirt, and synthetic tracks combined.

LARC TEST provides users with the progressive technology needed to lower these statistics. With physiological indicators of your horse’s workout at your fingertips, avoiding injury has never been easier.

Injury is not a necessary toll on the highway of horse training. Let our LARC TEST team help you keep riding.