James R. Rooney, DVM

The late James R. Rooney, DVM, was Professor Emeritus of the Gluck Equine Research Center, Department of Veterinary Science, at the University of Kentucky. Rooney was a 1949 graduate of Dartmouth College with a bachelor's degree in English drama; a 1952 graduate of New York State Veterinary College at Cornell University; and a Diplomate, Emeritus, of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. Rooney authored more than 100 articles and books on diseases and locomotion of horses, including: Biomechanics of Lameness in Horses, The Lame Horse, Clinical Neurology of the Horse, Autopsy of the Horse, and Mechanics of the Horse.

Articles by James Rooney

The Rear Leg

This month we shall begin a discussion of the rear leg: conformation, function, problems. There is at least one good reason to start with the rear rather than the foreleg. It seems to be the case that as man selects certain animals to breed to Read More

Dorsiflexion and Carpal Damage

Last time we talked about carpal arthrosis, pointing out that too much bowing--dorsiflexion--of the foreleg at the knee was the immediate cause of damage to the articular cartilage. Further, with a bit of mechanics, we saw that too much Read More

How It Moves

In the first article of this series (The Horse of June 1995, page 21), I went on at some length about how much one could expect to predict performance based on the examination and evaluation of conformation. I tried to make it clear that, Read More