I’m reading Wild Ride at the moment; having been loaned it by the gentleman who provides agistment for my horse.
The story revolves around Calumet farm in the USA and it’s rise and fall within the racing world and at one point with regards to the mighty Alydar and a broken leg, an ‘orthopedist’ is sought to see to the famous stallion.
I’ve written posts relating to vetting in general but realise that it’s possible to specialise further down the line. Orthopedics can be defined as “the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention or correction of injuries or disorders of the skeletal system and associated muscles, joints, and ligaments.”
The saying no foot, no horse is as true as it is that if there is an issue with a horse’s leg or skeletal system resulting in lameness, your horse can be out of action which causes the loss of use of that particular animal.
If you’re someone who wants to see where medicine is headed with regards to horse’s feet, lameness, their legs and the care and rehabilitation of, then perhaps the path of Equine Orthopedics is worth considering.
It seems that veterinary medicine is the door through which to end up in this specialised field but perhaps initial work as a farrier at a younger age would assist in gaining a strong foundation with regards to a horse’s hoof and leg, movement, soundness and lameness.
Some links worth checking out:
http://web.mac.com/mjmartinelli/Site/Home.html – California Equine Orthopedic Center.
http://www.equineortho.colostate.edu/faq.htm – Topics from the Equine Orthopedic Research Center.
http://www.ecampus.com/bk_detail14.asp?isbn=9780813821375 – Book on Equine Orthopedics and Rheumatology.
“Each leg in it’s gallop seems to stream with a rush of speed as though from a bucket of water poured o’er the field.” – Arabian Poet