She would tell us what she believed was wrong with the horse, what she was doing and why. She would show us what needed to be done over the time period and would call to see how the animal was progressing. I liked this attitude.
Ginger Ferguson
Ferguson Horse Ranch
The Horses Nervous System part 2 - An article by Stacy Elliot

Continued from last months nervous system article:

Last article I had wrote about the horses nervous system explaining how it works and how important it is. This article I will go over some nerve sensory problems.

One very serious nerve sensory problem is known as wobbler syndrome. This is a condition that seems to be most evident in younger horses where the connection between the brain and legs are interrupted. The horse becomes increasingly uncoordinated in the hind quarter, he has trouble knowing where his hind feet are landing. There seems to be three separate causes of this condition, the first cause is from narrowing of the vertebral column from calcium deposits. This may be connected to diet, either too much carbohydrates or calcium supplements. Big fast growing horses seem to be more prone to this condition. The second cause is a protozoan/parasite that destroys nerve tissue after entering the spinal cord. Horses of any age can develop this, again it is most frequent in younger ones. The third cause seems to affect very young horses and is a degeneration of the spinal cord. Cells die along the cord and the horse slowly becomes uncoordinated.

Other neurological disorders include: stringhalt; shivering; and sweeny.

Stringhalt is when the horse makes an exaggerated snatching motion while he draws his hind leg off the ground. This may affect both hind and is most evident after the horse has been resting or is turning a corner.

Shivering is when the horse lifts his hind leg off the ground and holds it flexed shivering in the air. Backing or turning sharply often sets off an attack.

Sweeny happens when a nerve controlling a muscle is injured and the muscle gradually atrophies and wastes away. The muscles most prone to sweeny are the shoulder muscles

These conditions start out very gradual and may be hardly noticeable, it is important to catch neurological complications early to try and reverse the problem for your horse to obtain his maximum Wild Horse Power.