Recent News for Conformation and Problems

Isabell Werth’s mare, Bella Rosa, come up lame on Day Two of WEG.

Commentary

X: You're Out

August 27, 2014

Imagine making it all the way to WEG and then finding out your horse can't compete after all.... Read More

Article

Limitations and Advances in Lameness Assessment

August 27, 2014

Learn about scientific advancements that are helping veterinarians better assess lameness in horses.... Read More

Article

New Referral Scheme Launched to Help Combat Saddle Problems

August 23, 2014

The plan is designed to give owners access to the expertise and advice of a veterinary authority at a manageable cost.... Read More

Article

Understanding the Biomechanics of Lameness

August 19, 2014

Locomotion involves consistent limb movements that change predictably when a horse is lame. Learn what to watch for.... Read More

Article

Where Did Horses' Extra Toes Go?

August 15, 2014

Researchers believe modern horses' "extra" toes either don't develop fully or disappear during development.... Read More

Article

Rehabilitating Horses with Back Problems

August 13, 2014

Learn about methods, from stretches to massage, that can help horses suffering from back issues recover.... Read More

Article

How Do Different Saddles Impact Horses' Movement?

August 12, 2014

Researchers found that saddle type did not appear to impact movement in a group of Icelandic horses.... Read More

The seat of the saddle tips back. The panels of the saddle have contact with the horse’s back at the front and the back but not under the middle of the saddle. This is called bridging and causes focal pressure under the front and back of the saddle.

Article

Study: Ill-fitting Saddles Behind Horse, Rider Back Pain

July 12, 2014

Researchers associated ill-fitting saddles with equine back issues, a stilted gait, and rider back pain. ... Read More

Article

FEI Seeks to Improve Vaulting Horse Welfare

July 08, 2014

As vaulters' movements become more complex, the horse's continued welfare is an important issue for the FEI.... Read More

Article

Standardbred Racing Performance after OC Surgery Evaluated

July 02, 2014

Yearlings that had surgical treatment for hock osteochondrosis (OC) performed as well as those without OC.... Read More

Article

'Minimalist' Endurance Saddle's Biomechanics Studied

June 21, 2014

The team found that it took the horse less time to finish a race in minimalist tack than in traditional tack.... Read More

Article

Belmont Stakes Runner-Up to Undergo Surgery

June 11, 2014

Commissioner will undergo surgery to remove a small chip in his front left fetlock.... Read More

Article

Leg Conformation

June 11, 2014

Good leg conformation in a horse is a must if that animal is to remain serviceably sound for performance.... Read More

Article

California Chrome, Ride On Curlin to Get some Time Off

June 09, 2014

California Chrome and Ride On Curlin exited the Belmont with an injury and a bleeding episode, respectively.... Read More

Article

New Minimally Invasive Approach to Treating Kissing Spines

June 05, 2014

Researchers reviewed a surgical technique called a subtotal cranial wedge ostectomy with positive results.... Read More

Article

Bone Spur Prognosis

June 02, 2014

What is the long-term prognosis for bone spurs in horses?... Read More

Article

Study: Owners Might Miss Signs of Equine Back Pain

May 27, 2014

Caretakers drastically underestimated how many horses in their care suffered from back pain in a recent study.... Read More

Lyall submitted this image of her mare’s unusual sweat pattern.

Article

Uneven Sweating and Intermittent Lameness in a Horse

May 20, 2014

What could cause an unusual sweat pattern and occasional lameness in a horse? ... Read More

Article

Remember Burrowing Rodents in Farm Management Plans

May 20, 2014

Burrowing rodents can damage pastures and cause injuries to horses. Here's how to mange them.... Read More

Article

The Perfect Fit

May 14, 2014

Finding the right saddle for your horse is a mix of high-tech and hands-on approaches.... Read More

Article

Treating Suspensory Injuries with Fetlock Support Shoes

May 14, 2014

Veterinarians determined that the fetlock support shoe could be helpful in treating suspensory desmopathy.... Read More

Dressage boots are a variation of brushing boots, typically equipped with a comfortable lining that promotes airflow.

Article

Poll Recap: Equine Leg Protection

May 06, 2014

Of the 756 respondents, more than half said their horses wear boots, wraps, or both when exercising.... Read More

Article

Saddle Sore Spots

May 02, 2014

Saddle and girth sores are common in horses that are ridden with poorly fitting tack.... Read More

Article

Researchers Study SDF Tendonitis in Cutting Horses

April 30, 2014

Researchers found that 82% of affected cutting horses returned to their previous level of work.... Read More

Article

Equine Health, Security Protocols for Ky. Derby Outlined

April 29, 2014

Churchill Downs outlined its enhanced security measures for horses competing in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. ... Read More