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One of the most important things we can do to prevent sports related injuries in our horses is to keep them properly conditioned. For barrel racing, that’s conditioned for four sprints and three turns in varying ground conditions. While long trotting or even loping around the pasture is great for overall physical (and mental) conditioning, it doesn’t prepare a barrel horse’s muscles and soft tissue for the demands of the sport.
By Natalie Buss, 13
Laminitis, more commonly known as founder, is a disease that affects the feet of hooved animals. Founder is mostly seen in horses and cattle. Some signs of founder include foot or sole tenderness progressing into the inability to walk, increased pulses in the hooves, increased temperatures of the horse’s hooves, or an unusual way of standing (for example, the horse props its feet out in front of itself while leaning back on its hind legs).