Hyoid Hints: Caring for Your Horse's Hyoid Apparatus

Hyoid Hints: Caring for Your Horse's Hyoid Apparatus

When it comes to caring for your horse's health, there's a small but crucial set of bones you may not have heard of: the hyoid apparatus. This delicate set of bones plays a vital role in many basic life functions for horses including swallowing, chewing, and breathing.

Here are some important things to know about the hyoid:

  • The hyoid is made up of several small bones, including the stylohyoid, epihyoid, ceratohyoid, basihyoid, and thyrohyoid bones.
  • It is only connected to the rest of the skeleton via ligaments and muscles, and is located under the inner part of the skull.
  • The hyoid affects many areas of the horse's body, including the poll, shoulders, sternum, and hind end.
  • If a horse has a broken hyoid or develops Temporohyoid Osteoarthropathy, it can lead to balance issues, difficulty chewing and swallowing, and tenderness around the poll and jaw.
  • Caring for the hyoid is important for helping your horse function at their best.

Here are some tips for caring for your horse's hyoid:

  • Select an appropriate bit to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on the hyoid.
  • Be cautious about pulling the horse's tongue, unless performed by a trained veterinarian or equine dentist.
  • Watch for unexplained changes in gait or balance, along with tenderness behind or under the jaw.
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    In addition to these tips, Rezzimax offers a solution for hyoid dysfunction that can energize, strengthen, and balance this system. Here's how to use it:

    • Use the shown Rezzimax technique to bring tension out of your horse's jaw muscles, joints, poll, and shoulders.
    • Use this technique in conjunction with other Rezzimax techniques for best results.
    • You may notice improvements in your horse's gait, relaxation, and overall well-being.
    We used this technique on a horse that was previously extremely sensitive around the ears and poll. After using Rezzimax, the horse became much less reactive to touch, and his gait and overall relaxation improved. Stay tuned for more Rezzi tips to help your furry friends!
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