Azoturia is caused by a combination of diet and exercise and some horses are more prone to it than others.
It is treatable and is easily managed.
– Seek advice from your vet as to the cause of your horse tying up.
– Use a feed specialist to help draw up a feeding regime for your horse.
– Consistent exercise is vital.
– A long enough warm up and cool down is essential this allows the horses muscles to be ready to work and then walking after work helps to remove lactic acid build up in the muscles. We suggest 20 minutes for both.
– Horses that are prone to tying up should never have a rest day when they do not leave there stable. Your better to turn them out.
– Ensure that your horse is always well hydrated, switching from a electric water drinker to buckets makes it easier to monitor the amount they are drinking.
– Shortened steps in the walk.
– Reluctance or refusing to move.
– Spasm or severe contraction of muscles in the hind quarters.
– Increased sweating or anxiety.
– Increased respiration and pulse rate.
SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE AND HELP FROM YOUR VET IF YOU ARE AT ALL WORRIED ABOUT YOUR HORSE.