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Equine Basstrups Syndrome


Baastrup's Syndrome or Kissing Spines or Baastrup's Disease affects sport horses due to very heavy demands made on sport horses.

Baastrup's Syndrome is a slow degenerative condition of the bones/spines in the spinal column causing low grade inflammatory damage . Baastrup's Syndrome can cause tearing in ligaments when the horse is jumping. Low-grade pain results. The riders weight increase the problem..

The most common area for Baastrup's Syndrome is the rear vertebrae of the horse's thorax.


SYMPTOMS OF EQUINE BAASTRUP'S SYNDROME

Your horse may display some of the following symptoms if suffering from Baastrup's Syndrome.


Saddling problems
Unrideable
Evidence of discomfort
Grooming discomfort
Tender withers
Tenderness in the back
Refuse jump
Bolting
Unpredictable behaviour
Extreme stiffness
Lameness
Rearing
Bucking

CAUSES OF EQUINE BAASTRUP'S SYNDROME

The Causes of Baastrup's Syndrome usually fall under one of the following:

Congenital Defect – the horse may well have been born with the Baastrup's Syndrome condition. This could be if the back was shorter than normal or curved.

Injury to the back.

Recurring damage once the original injury has occurred.

Long-term compensatory habits such as repetitive back-dipping usually to avoid back pain.

TREATMENT FOR EQUINE BAASTRUP'S SYNDROME

Baastrup's Syndrome is diagnosed via X-rays.

Corticosteroid Injections – the corticosteroid is injected deep into the area of pain and forms a nerve block. Obviously, the longer the interval, the better.

Surgery – removing problematic spines is advised. Alternate spines are treated/removed, ensuring there is no chance of re-growth of bone.

Holistic therapies such as Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Laser therapy and Magnetic therapy are useful. Magnetic therapy increases the blood flow to the affected area.

 

 

 

 

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