Equestrian More than half of the racehorses found mouth damage during the inspection – all dredger models cause damage

Proper treatment and use of equipment are important for the well-being of horses.

Horses Foot injuries are a common problem in equestrian sports. During the inspection visits carried out by the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland in August – October, more than half of the racehorses inspected were found to have foot injuries.

A total of 82 horses were inspected under supervision. A total of 72 horses were inspected in the trotting competitions. 42 or 58% of the horses had oral lesions in the affected area. There were 24 moderate or severe lesions.

There was a variation in the results by breed: 46 per cent of the mouth injuries of warm-blooded horses and 75 per cent of the mouth injuries of Finnish horses were moderate or severe.

After the field riding competition, a total of ten horses were inspected, half of whom had foot injuries in the area affected by the dies. Of these, two horses had mild damage and three had moderate damage.

Horses mouth lesions were observed after use of all nail models. However, certain dredge models appear to be more susceptible to more severe damage.

“Moderate and severe oral injuries undoubtedly cause pain to the horse,” says the county veterinarian of the Regional State Administrative Agency of Southern Finland. Tanja Häkkinen in the bulletin.

Proper treatment and the use of equipment are important for the well-being of horses, and the guidance of the authorities contributes to this.

“It would be especially important to give the damage enough time to heal without the use of dies or guide pressure. The horse should not be caused unnecessary suffering by training or competing regardless of foot injuries, ”says Häkkinen.

Southern Finland Avin’s August – October inspection visits focused on the field riding competition held in Ypäjä and the trotting competitions held in Kouvola and Espoo.

During the visits, the oral health status of the horses participating in the competition was checked by random sampling, especially from the area affected by the dying after the competition event.

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