Recent News for Limb Anatomy & Physiology

Grooming helps improve horses' skin and coat condition and allows us to identify any unusual injuries, skin conditions, or behavioral changes. And grooming before riding is an important way to prevent irritation caused by dirt and debris trapped under tack. Additionally, research shows grooming can serve as a bonding experience for horse and human and produces marked relaxation in both.

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10 New Horse Owner Resources on TheHorse.com

May 26, 2016

From feeding to vaccines and colic to lameness, here are some basic resources to get the new horse owner started.... Read More

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Infographic: Rain Rot

May 25, 2016

Learn about this frustrating contagious equine skin disease and how to prevent its spread.... Read More

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Managing Chronic Laminitis

May 25, 2016

Horses with chronic laminitis should be closely monitored during treatment and recovery. Here's what to consider.... Read More

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Pain, Behavioral, or Both?

May 19, 2016

Often, a horse's behavior problems are rooted in either pain or incomplete training. Here's what to consider.... Read More

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A Pain in the SI Joint

May 18, 2016

Sacroiliac disease can affect any horse, potentially limiting performance abilities.... Read More

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Getting Back to Work This Spring? Keep Your Horse Sound!

May 13, 2016

Take precautions to reduce your horse's risk of getting hurt while returning to work. ... Read More

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Can a Smartphone Help Diagnose Subtle Lamenesses?

May 11, 2016

Gait analysis applications on a smartphone can give reliable data to help detect hind limb lameness issues in horses.... Read More

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Diagnosing and Treating Splints

May 03, 2016

Splint bone injuries are common in both working and pastured horses. Here's what you should know. ... Read More

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Common Hock Abnormalities Found on MRI

April 24, 2016

Frequent findings included osteoarthritic changes, sclerosis, and mild bone spurs, among others. ... Read More

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7 Conformation Flaws: Piecing Together What We Know

April 19, 2016

What impact do structural deviations really have on your horse's soundness and performance? Here's what you should know.... Read More

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Club Foot Heritability

March 30, 2016

Is club foot an inherited condition? A veterinarian offers her thoughts.... Read More

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A Review and Update on Tendon and Ligament Injuries

March 30, 2016

A look at three of the most common tendon and ligament injuries in horses and how to treat them. ... Read More

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AAEP Announces Summer Continuing Education for Vets

March 24, 2016

Seminar topics include imaging the equine neck, reproduction, and soft-tissue injuries in performance horses.... Read More

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The Trouble With Mud

March 22, 2016

When the going gets muddy, the muddy get hoof problems. Here's what to watch for in your horses.... Read More

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Swayback in a Young Horse

March 16, 2016

A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.... Read More

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The Healthy-Backed Horse

March 16, 2016

Learn how the all-important equine back functions and how to prevent problems from developing. ... Read More

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RVC Unveils New CT Scanner for Horses

March 14, 2016

The new scanner is wider than the standard size, which should allow most of a horse's neck to be examined.... Read More

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Being a Fit Rider is Important for Your Horse's Health

March 09, 2016

Find out how your mental and physical performance will benefit from a program out of the saddle. ... Read More

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2016 Western Veterinary Conference: Tuesday's Top Tweets

March 09, 2016

Tweets and take-homes from the equine lameness and colic sessions at the 2016 Western Veterinary Conference. ... Read More

Central tarsal fractures develop across or through the bone, highlighted here on a CT image by yellow arrows. Sclerosis, indicated by a yellow arrowhead, surrounds the fracture.

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Surgical Repair of Hock Fractures in Sport Horses Successful

March 09, 2016

Researchers say a screw fixation procedure can help sport horses return to function after a central tarsus fracture.... Read More

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Antibiotic-Anesthetic Combo Effective Lower Limb Treatment

March 06, 2016

Vets can use amikacin and mepivacaine to safely and effectively treat lower limb injuries in standing, sedated horses.... Read More

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Pelvic or Femur Fracture? Better Check for Both

March 02, 2016

A researcher offers tips on how veterinarians can pinpoint the cause in unresolved upper hind limb lameness cases.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Therapeutic Saddle Pads

February 23, 2016

Of the 456 respondents, 269 (59%) said they use a therapeutic saddle pad or one that helps their saddle fit better.... Read More

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Fixing Neck Fractures in Horses? It's Possible

February 23, 2016

A horse with a vertebral fracture without severe neurologic disorders could be a good candidate for surgical repair.... Read More

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Feeding the Horse's Topline

February 20, 2016

Learn what your horse needs in his diet and exercise program to help develop a well-muscled topline.... Read More