“Tying-Up” In Horses- Everything You Need To Know

Have you ever heard tying up in horses, and have no idea what they were talking about? Or maybe you thought they were actually talking about tying their horse up to something?


What is Tying-Up in Horses?

Tying up is technically called “exertional rhabdomyolysis.” The American Association of Equine Practitioners describes tying up in the following words: “ ...

Why Does it Happen?

Depending on the horse, these things can include excessive exercise (over the amount that the horse is accustomed to), lack of electrolytes (think Gatorade), heat exhaustion, fatigue, extreme nervousness, dehydration, mineral deficiencies, and hormone imbalances.

What Can I Do When it Happens?

Make sure your horse is in a safe environment where he won’t be likely to hurt himself, and call your vet.  Offer your horse water, preferably water that has added electrolytes.  Try to keep your horse calm and as comfortable as possible. 

What Can I Do to Prevent Tying Up in Horses?

One popular way to help with tying up is through dietary changes. Restricting a horse to certain types of grain or feeding a horse certain supplements may help. Hygain Feeds produces its Hygain Release product specifically to help horses that tie up!

Tying up can be scary, especially if it is your horse’s first time.  And, it can be scary because there is no one specific cure. But, it can be treated.  Every horse is different, and every horse will react to treatments differently.


Find more detailed information in the link below

Find more articles about horses in