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Horse Illness: Monday Morning Illness

There are many diseases that are seen to affect horses in different parts of the world. Some of these diseases tend to be confined within a particular geographical area, while many others are found to be affecting horses all over the world. It is not possible to find information on all the diseases, and hence horse owners need to take their horses to veterinarians, to find out the nature of the disease that may be affecting their horse. The Monday morning illness is a very common horse illness that is found to affect innumerable horses throughout the world.

This horse illness was initially among those horses that were used for helping people in their work, like carrying loads for them or helping them in drawing a carriage. The horses that were seen to be affected with the illness, usually used to work throughout the week from Monday to Saturday. They were allowed a full day of rest on Sunday, on which day they need to have to do any work. It was noticed that when these horses were taken out to work on Monday, they showed a reluctance to move and also suffered from some symptoms. As this effect was seen in horses on Monday morning, the horse illness came to be called as Monday morning illness.

There are several symptoms that are shown by the horses that are suffering from this particular horse illness. The usual symptoms include development of cramps on the body and stiffness of different muscles. Other symptoms included an irregular breathing pattern and too much sweating. The most marked symptom of this horse illness is that the horses tend to show a general unwillingness to move from their places.

Monday morning illness is found to affect horses in three different forms: sporadic, chronic and recurrent. The sporadic form of this horse illness is noticed in those horses, which had been working without any problem till some time back. The chronic form is seen in those horses, which have been showing the symptoms of the disease for quite some time. Thoroughbred horses and those originating from Arabia are noticed to be mostly suffering from the recurrent variety of the horse illness.

The treatment for different forms of the horse illness is noticed to be quite different. However the best possible way to counteract the Monday morning illness is to make some changes on the diet of the horses. Grass hay and rice bran have been found to be quite effective in treating the illness. Also it is suggested that foods with high fat levels should be avoided, and the horses should be provided with some exercise on a daily basis.

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