Hindgut hampers the dressage horse
Equine hindgut ulcers cause serious problems for competition horses, especially dressage horses. It has been determined that 1 in 3 horses suffer from hindgut ulcers or Right Dorsal Colitis (RDC).
A dressage horse is expected to be supple and flexible like a ballet dancer. Able to do movements effortlessly and equally on each side. Nothing should look difficult or labored. But, when a horse is suffering from hindgut ulcers, movements in any direction can become extremely painful.
Research has been done that specifically shows the right bend can suffer in dressage horses. This is because the majority of the hind gut lies on the horse’s right side. It is no surprise that ulcers located in that area can make the horse unwilling to bend right or work off the right rein.
So what does this have to do with your horses back pain?
It has everything to do with back pain. When a horse consistently carries itself in a crooked manner the spine is in jeopardy. By not attempting to use the painful area, undue strain is placed on other areas.
It is not uncommon for an ulcer stricken horse to refuse to bend right. This is because the hindgut ulcer causes the back, loin, sacro-illiac (SI), and even neck areas extremely sore. Muscles, ligaments, tendons and bone can be affected by this and it only gets worse with more work and effort. Eventually, the horse begins to no longer move his joints and limbs in a full movement range. Consequently placing unnatural stresses on those areas.
Avoidance of right canter lead, dis-jointed canters (especially in the hind legs) and reluctance to canter at all will eventually become normal for the horse. After a long enough time, this constant crookedness can also cause the bony changes of kissing spine in the horses back. This is an extremely painful and debilitating condition.
Hindgut ulcers cause pain and can often be overlooked . Ulcers of the hindgut can be difficult to diagnose and should not go untreated. Explore treatment plans in consultation with your equine specialist. There are affordable solutions to treat the hindgut ulcers.