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Miraculous that someone found this little fella and managed to save him or her... at great risk to himself I should imagine, that is one big rock to shift! Looking amazingly unscathed, hopefully, he or she would get back to the herd ❤️ if anyone has an update, please let us know.

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He saved the lucky horse from certain death. Wonderful!! 💙

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7 days ago

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New Forest ponies with a message for anyone visiting the homes of wild horses "don't feed us" the consequences are dire.My name is Oliver. I live here in the New Forest with my mum and my Aunties. I spend my days playing with my friends and snoozing in the sun, my legs are too long and my neck too short to graze yet so mum still feeds me. I am learning about the world around me and I am wide eyed and inquisitive, but I have to be careful. My family have told me tales about areas in the forest where ponies are drawn into a bad way of life. I hear that these ponies are addicted to human food, and are encouraged to feed from the hand. It isn't their fault, they don't know any different but these ponies no longer forage for themselves, they hang around in groups and look for there next hit of ham sandwiches and mars bars. I have been told, these ponies are aggressive and try to eliminate their competition for the next feed, whether it is another pony, donkey, cow or human.
When they hurt a human they get taken away in a trailer. It is kind of like being in prison for a pony who had the chance to live wild with their friends. There is also the fear that the same sad souls feel such a draw to human contact through their addiction they would wonder into the path of busy roads to feed from a car window. Inevitably leading to death or injury.
I am lucky. My family keep me safe from the "petting zoo" areas. I live in the safety of the trees in the forest and when I see people and they take my photo, I may even give a pose, but if they get too close, mum encourages me into the cover of the canopy. I am still learning about this world and told the best way of survival is to live a wild, natural life. So please look into my eyes and ask yourself, what life you would want for me? I don't want to become an aggressive, territorial addict, I want to graze the lands, roll in the mud and gallop in the wind. This will only happen if humans keep their distance, take home their rubbish and drive carefully. Please will you do this for me, my friends and family. Love Oliver 💖

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2 weeks ago

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4 Dimesion Dressage is an associate partner of Concordia Equestrians.

Very useful overview of topline syndrome and some easy to understand diagnostic tools.

Concordia equestrians work with like minded organisations to promote training and care based on science and compassion

As the umbrella organisation for like minded equestrians, we invite professionals who are committed to working by our principals to become Concordia registered professionals.

Anyone who shares our ethos is welcome to register as a friend, because it is only together that we can make the world to be a better place to be a horse.On Request!!!

A while ago I posted a post about FROS; Fascial Restriction and Overload Syndrome. The question was: "Is Kissing Spines a diagnosis or a symptom"? The answer to that question you can find in the post.

I received the request to clarify the photos that were posted with the aid of arrows. So I will do that here and I’ve added some photos.

A horse with FROS or topline syndrome is recognizable by a combination of symptoms. A lot is indicated on the photos but there are more.

Soon I will start the rehabilitation of a horse with FROS. I will do this in cooperation with Equitopia. We will film and document this entire process. Do you want to follow this? Keep following this facebookpage!

There are several arrows on photo 1. This is an overview photo.
Arrow 1: swelling in the neck band at the level of the second cervical vertebra.
Arrow 2: dip before the withers
Arrow 3: dip next to and behind the withers
Arrow 4: the transition from the withers to the rest of the back is not smooth but with a too sharp angle.
Arrow 5: bulging in the loins.
Arrow 6: not enough muscle development of the buttock muscles.
Arrows 7: tightening of the muscles in the neck. This can be seen by the hard lines in the muscles. The muscles should be a smooth and soft.
Arrow 8: swelling of the subclavian. The muscle that runs in front of the shoulder blade and connects the chest and shoulder blade. This is tightened.
Arrow 9: tightening in the triceps.

The second photo shows an enlargement of the dip in front of and behind the withers and the lines indicating tightening of the muscles for the shoulder but also on the shoulder blade itself.

The third photo shows a detailed picture of constrictions in the neck muscles and the swelling in the neck band at the second cervical vertebra.

Photo 4 shows the forehead of a horse. We see an asymmetry in the eye position. A skull is not 1 hard bone, but consists of multiple bone parts that are connected with connective tissue. This allows a skull to deform slightly, so that the eyes can become asymmetrical.
The arrows indicate that the temporal muscles on the forehead are too much developed / too tight.

Unfortunately, a lot of horses show signs of topline syndrome / FROS in mild or severe degrees. That does not mean that it is "normal" !!!!

FROS often precedes lameness. So if your horse shows signs of FROS ....... then take action before serious problems arise! The milder the symptoms, the more chance of full recovery!

Or even better, prevent your horse from getting symptoms of FROS. How to do that you can read in my book “Compassionate Training for Today’s Sport Horse; Biomechanics in Four Dimensions, The Key to improving Posture, Balance and Strength”.

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