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Respiratory airway obstruction commonly still called heaves is considered today to be a form of equine asthma. The disease is the result of an immune reaction secondary to the inhalation of dust, pollens, moulds or endotoxins. A prolonged contact with these allergens causes an irritation to the large and small bronchi in the diseased horse. The consequences are as follows: a cough, intolerance to exercise, respiratory distress in severe cases. 



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Stress is not an illness. It is the expression of decrease in well-being of the horse. This appears when he is in pain or when he deems his environment as hostile and dangerous. Like in people, the body rings alarm bells in a disordered fashion which translates into signals that we are ourselves familiar with: anxiety, abdominal pain, muscle trembling…



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GASTRIC ULCERS  (Digestive System)

This disease affects all horses, regardless of breed, age, physiological status and activity. It is sometimes accompanied by poor overall condition and a drop in performance. Horses are more susceptible the less time they spend at grass and the more they are subjected to intensive exercise and repeated stress.



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ACUTE DIARRHOEA  (Digestive System)

"Acute diarrhoea" is not a disease but a symptom. Digestive transit is considerably accelerated and the horse expels very soft stools (like cow pats) or wholly liquid often very foul-smelling stools, no longer resembling droppings. As the term "acute" would suggest, the diarrhoea comes on suddenly and, above all, develops very rapidly.



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TENDINITIS  (Musculoskeletal System)

Tendinitis is, etymologically speaking, inflammation of the tendon, whereas desmitis is inflammation of a ligament. Tendinitis or desmitis can be recognised by four easily identifiable clinical signs: redness, burning, pain (on palpation, lameness is not always present) and tumefaction (= swelling or  oedema).



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OSTEOARTHRITIS  (Musculoskeletal System)

Osteoarthritis is a progressive, painful, chronic and irreversible joint disease. The role of a joint is to provide mobility between two bones. To protect them from wear and tear and help them to slide smoothly, bone surfaces are covered with a highly-resistant elastic protective layer known as cartilage. Over time and following intense, prolonged exercise, this protective cartilage gradually wears away, leading to pain and difficulty moving the affected joints



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LA PIROPLASMOSIS  (Parasitis disease)

Equine piroplasmosis is a tick-borne disease caused by the parasite Babesia. The parasite invades and ultimately destroys red blood cells, leading fairly quickly to the appearance of anaemia and fatigue in horses. The disease develops at different rates depending on the horse, acute forms coming with severe symptoms and chronic forms coming with less obvious symptoms.



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A skin wound is usually the result of an injury, although wounds may form more or less spontaneously in horses with certain disorders.



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