Back and Spine

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Swayback in a Young Horse

November 15, 2017

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 Road to Recovery: Rehab for the Horse's Upper-Body

October 20, 2017

In the first of this two-part series, we'll explore full-body rehabilitation options, from the horse's head to tail. ... Read More

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Resistance Bands Help Strengthen Horses' Core Muscles

October 11, 2017

After four weeks of resistance band training, horses showed less unwanted vertebral movement along the back.... Read More

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Piecing Together the Performance Horse Puzzle

October 06, 2017

Combine nutrition, exercise, and veterinary care to create the perfect picture of performance horse health.... Read More

Damage caused by an ill-fitting saddle pad.

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Skin Issues That Affect Saddle Fit

September 18, 2017

Some sores, injuries, and infections can make saddling a painful process for your horse. Here's what to watch for.... Read More

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Scientists Work to Measure Equine Back Pain Objectively

August 30, 2017

Objective measurements can lead to more targeted therapy and provide a basis for comparison as the horse improves.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Equine Lameness Concerns

August 29, 2017

Of the 755 respondents, 209 (28%) said foot-related lameness is their biggest equine lameness concern.... Read More

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Managing Your Horse's Back Pain

August 15, 2017

Two veterinarians share how they diagnose, treat, and rehab back-sore horses.... Read More

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7 Conformation Flaws: Piecing Together What We Know

August 01, 2017

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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How the Rising Trot Impacts the Horse's Back

July 31, 2017

Changes in force distribution, combined with saddle fit, have a big impact on equine back health, for better or worse.... Read More

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My Saddle Doesn't Fit My Horse...Now What?

June 29, 2017

How to find a fitter, buy or modify a saddle, and recognize the right fit for your horse.... Read More

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The Healthy-Backed Horse

June 23, 2017

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

Troy Heikes (USA) and Lil Gun Dunit were the leaders in the second individual reining qualifier .

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Keeping Your Equine Athlete at the Top of His Game

June 21, 2017

Our sources share nine ways to help your sport horse perform at his best.... Read More

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Nutrition and the Equine Topline

May 29, 2017

Find out how proper nutrition, including high-quality protein, could help improve muscling over your horse's back.... Read More

A basic prepurchase exam should include a thorough medical and performance history, as well as a complete full physical evaluation of the horse.

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain in Horses

May 03, 2017

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

Researchers confirmed that neck CT can be performed in large adult horses to help  diagnose cervical lesions and guide treatment.

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CT for Imaging Neck Lesions: Not Just for Small Horses

April 17, 2017

A custom-designed equine CT table and a commercial Big Bore scanner make it possible to image neck lesions in horses.... Read More

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Subtle Signs of Improper Saddle Fit

April 16, 2017

A saddle fitter shares some early warning signs that your tack and your horse's back aren't meshing.... Read More

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Make Brexit an Opportunity, British Equine Industry Says

March 07, 2017

Panelists discussed the potential impact on equine trade, identification, biosecurity, competition travel, and more.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Complementary Therapies

February 21, 2017

Of the 665 respondents, 220 (33%) said their horses receive chiropractic care on a routine basis.... Read More

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How to Tell if Your Saddle Hurts Your Horse

February 14, 2017

A properly fitting saddle is key to keeping any ridden horse healthy and performing at its best.... Read More

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Will Whey Protein Improve My Horse's Topline?

February 06, 2017

Our equine nutrition expert addresses toplines, horse protein needs, and whether whey is the way to go.... Read More

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Does Your Horse's Saddle Fit?

December 28, 2016

Having your saddle fit is paramount to your horse's comfort and soundness. ... Read More

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Tuesday's Top Tweets from the 2016 AAEP Convention

December 07, 2016

Tweets and take-homes from sessions on lameness, rehabilitation, equine back issues, and more! ... Read More

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Sunday's Top Tweets from the 2016 AAEP Convention

December 05, 2016

Tweets from the Kester News Hour and other sessions on dental care, soft tissue injuries, saddle fit, and more.... Read More

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Equine Acupuncture on the Rise as Adjunct Therapy

November 12, 2016

Learn how acupuncture is used to supplement conventional therapies and treatments given to equine patients.... Read More