.By Dr Victoria Hamilton BSc, BVMS(Hons)
Published in Hoofbeats Feb/March 2015. www.hoofbeats.com.au
This is an interesting topic and one that will undoubtedly be debated for many years to come.
The majority of veterinarians believe that most upper body muscular sorenesses in the horse are secondary to lower limb lamenesses.
The majority of equine body workers believe many gait abnormalities and eventual lower leg lamenesses are from primary muscular problems.
As a veterinarian with a special interest in myofascial pain in horses I believe that on the whole both are correct for the horses they see at the time. I also believe that both upper body muscular issues and lower leg lamenesses will not only result in but also result from biomechanical gait changes and crookedness.