09 Feb

The horse has an extensive system of vessels and nodes that is a network for transporting lymphatic fluid around the body. This fluid is responsible for delivering oxygen and nutrients to individual cells so that they have the energy to carry out metabolic processes.  In addition, the fluid then collects a lot of the debris such as metabolic waste, toxins, lactic acids etc.… and draws it back into the blood stream for cleansing. The flow and the health of the fluid around the body is fundamental to the cellular activity and the fluid balance within the horse’s body.  As we have already mentioned – everything slows down in winter and so we find that decreased lymphatic flow can give rise to issues such as lymphangitis, lymphoedema, swellings and a decrease in the general immunity.  In most animals, the lymphatic system is activated by movement.  It is important for us to remember that the horse is a flight animal and is used to constantly being on the move.  Despite becoming domesticated, they will always have that inbuilt need to be able to move around freely. In Winter, we can often, quite innocently, exacerbate potential lymphatic problems by restricting turnout and movement/exercise, because when a horse stands still for a long period of time, their lymph flow will be significantly impaired.  They need movement to activate their internal pumps and so the more we can get them moving around at this time of year, the better. We can also do lots more to help – keep following 😊

* The email will not be published on the website.