Tuesday 8 December 2020

Teaching Tuesday - ECVM

 Ever heard of ECVM? 

Me either.

But I watched a fascinating presentation on it.

ECVM is Equine Complex Verterbra Malformation. It's a malformation of C6 and C7 of the horse's cervical spine that causes asymmetries in the ribs, muscles, and can affect some major nerves. 

It appears to be genetic/hereditary. And it's showing up in many breeds because it seems to be very prevalent in Thoroughbreds. 

If you are interested in equine biomechanics or physiology I would totally recommend watching this video. It's about two hours long but I was enthralled the whole time. 

Also - good luck not looking for symptoms in a horse you know (or have known)!

Thursday 3 December 2020

Wordless Wednesday - Sunrise

 I went out to the barn yesterday morning after leaving work at 7am. There was a beautiful sunrise, which I thought would make a lovely backdrop for some pics of the ponies. 

Well, at least the sky was pretty.