Recovering from Injury & Surgery


How Old is Too Old for Colic Surgery?

May 31, 2010

The New Bolton Center has made some surprising discoveries concerning older horses and colic surgery.... Read More


Cecal Impaction: Surgery Can Make a Difference

May 02, 2010

Horses with life-threatening cecal impactions only have a fair prognosis after surgery, but those that survive to discharge have a good prognosis, reported a group of veterinarians led by Lewis C.R. Smith, BVetMed, CertES(Orth), MRCVS, from Ros... Read More

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Pain Management

May 01, 2010

Using pain management for horses is important to ensure no horse experiences pain unnecessarily. ... Read More


NYC Carriage Law Addresses Equine Conditions

April 19, 2010

New York City carriage drivers will receive their first fare increase in more than 20 years through a new law passed recently. However, some feel it hasn’t gone far enough in improving conditions for the horses.

"The ASPCA... Read More


Morphine Controls Pain Within Joints, Researchers Report

April 02, 2010

Morphine is a useful part of pain management protocols for horses that have undergone arthroscopic surgery.... Read More


Fracture Types and Treatments

April 01, 2010

Of all the emergencies requiring veterinary intervention, a fracture requires some of the most intensive medical attention--from first aid, to repair, and, finally, to rehabilitation and recovery. ... Read More


Consequences of Stall Confinement

April 01, 2010

When stalling your horse, consider the long-term effects this might have on general health and emotional state.... Read More


Horse Stretching Benefits, Approaches Detailed

March 31, 2010

Horses are athletes, too, and according to research, they need that stretching as much as humans do.... Read More


Stem Cell Collection

March 30, 2010

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Equine First Aid: Being Prepared for Emergencies

March 28, 2010

The best way to prepare for emergencies is to try to prevent them. Perhaps the best approach to first aid is to minimize the risk of accidents, injuries, and disease. Sometimes we do foolish things with, and to, our horses. ... Read More


Impaled Horse Nears Release from Hospital

March 25, 2010

A horse that has gained a worldwide following for his recovery from a freak accident could be cleared to go home by the week of April 5, according to his veterinarians at the University of Tennessee Equine Hospital.

Since January, Am... Read More


Colic Surgery? Protein Expression Test Could Help Guide Decision

March 25, 2010

Expression of a particular protein in fat tissue is positively associated with an increased rate of postoperative mortality in horses, researchers recently reported. The research was led by Melissa Packer, BVetMed, MRCVS, who recently... Read More


Sweet! Veterinary Glucometers Accurate for Horses and Foals

March 20, 2010

Veterinary glucometers provide accurate and precise blood glucose measurements in healthy and sick horses and foals, reported a Colorado State University research team led by Eileen Hackett, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, Dipl. ACVECC.

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Biceps Tendon Surgery Restores Soundness

March 15, 2010

A biceps brachii tenotomy involves the complete removal of the section of the horse's biceps tendon.... Read More


Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association Formed

March 15, 2010

A new professional organization, the North American Veterinary Regenerative Medicine Association, has been launched as the result of a recent international conference, co-sponsored by UC Davis, which focused on the use of stem cell therapy and ... Read More


Impaled Horse Continues Recovery

March 10, 2010

A horse that had a 3-foot-long tree branch pierce his side in January is still fighting infection in his chest and had another brush with death last week.

Amigo, a 10-year-old Arabian endurance horse, was almost euthanized last Tuesd... Read More


NSAID Choices for Horses Reviewed at Vet Conference

March 09, 2010

There is no "one-size-fits-all" non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) therapy for horses; therapy should be tailored to the animal and situation, said Cornell University's Thomas J. Divers, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVECC, at the ... Read More


The Horse's Fetlock Joint: Injury, Disease, and Repair

March 05, 2010

The normal functions of bones, cartilage, soft tissues, and fluids within the fetlock joint--and joint disease... Read More


Maggots Improve Chronic Hoof Puncture Wound Healing

March 04, 2010

You might have heard about the value of using medical maggots to clean infected, nonhealing wounds in horses and humans, but did you know they can also help clean up infection in structures deep within the hoof?

At the 2009 American ... Read More


Endurance Horse Recovering from Tree Branch Impalement

February 25, 2010

When Amigo arrived at the University of Tennessee Equine Hospital on January 17, with a 3-foot-long tree branch impaled in his side, veterinarians gave him a 2% chance of survival.

Luckily they underestimated the tenacity of the 10-y... Read More


Standing Surgery in Draft Horses Discussed at AAEP

February 23, 2010

A Table Topic session on standing surgery in draft horses attracted about 65 for the 1½-hour session at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention, held Dec. 5-9 in Las Vegas, Nev. The attendees included a wi... Read More


Acepromazine for Tranquilizing Male Horses: Pros and Cons

February 19, 2010

Acepromazine, often called simply Ace, is commonly used to tranquilize horses for veterinary procedures. However, its use in male horses can cause penile prolapse, or an inability to retract the penis back into the sheath. This effect is desire... Read More


Standing Chemical Restraint of Horses

February 11, 2010

"Many surgical and medical procedures can be accomplished in the standing horse if appropriate combinations of physical and chemical restraint are employed," began John Hubbell, DVM, MS, professor of veterinary clinical sciences at The Ohio State Uni... Read More


Equine Hospital Salmonella Biosecurity Evaluation

February 07, 2010

Salmonella infection is a disease taken very seriously by equine veterinarians, partly because it can cause severe gastrointestinal disease in their patients, and also because it can do the same to the veterinarians and hospital staff. T... Read More