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Tying Up Syndrome

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Tying up symptoms include:

* sudden hind limb stiffness

* lameness

* muscle cramping

* refusal to move

* increased heart rate

* increased respiratory rate

* sweating

* colic

Horses that are put through extreme exercise after several days of little or no exercise are more prone to experience tying up syndrome. Horses that are not conditioned properly for the work asked of them can also tie up. Warming your horse up well and gradually conditioning your horse for work will go a long way in preventing tying up syndrome.

Horses can also experience tying up after eating grain or other high-carbohydrate feed, if they have an electrolyte imbalance, are suffering from heat exhaustion, or have a vitamin E deficiency.

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