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Conformation and Function

March 17, 2009

Presentations on horse conformation and its effects on soundness at the 2008 AAEP Convention in San Diego, Ca.... Read More

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The Horse's Hind Legs: The Perfect Engine

April 04, 2008

Good conformation of the horse's hind legs will contribute to more successful performance and a better ride. ... Read More

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Tendons and Ligaments

April 04, 2008

We will concentrate on the tendons and ligaments in the limbs, especially the often-injured forelimbs.... Read More

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Diagnosing Coxofemoral Subluxation with Ultrasound

March 28, 2008

Subluxation (partial dislocation) of the coxofemoral joint between the femur and pelvis in horses is rare; only two cases have been reported in the literature. However, six cases were seen at the University of California, Davis, in a three-year... Read More

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Computed Tomography for Imaging the Stifle

March 26, 2008

The stifle joint is often implicated in cases of lameness, but it can be a notoriously tough joint to image. Radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan), and diagnostic arthrography (joint evaluation) all can be used, but they... Read More

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Biomechanical Efficiency

October 01, 2005

The horse is an amazing athlete, with great speed and endurance considering his body size and weight. For the past 20 years, researchers have evaluated what makes the equine locomotive system so efficient for racing and other strenuous... Read More

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Sales Integrity Program Committee Addresses Concerns Over Surgery Disclosure

August 02, 2005

The monitoring committee for the Sales Integrity Program is taking action to address some consignors' concerns about how the Thoroughbred auction industry will handle the disclosure of invasive joint surgeries and other procedures designed to... Read More

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Joints: Part 1

October 15, 2001

The mechanical engineering involved in the structuring of equine joints is both complex and masterful. Not only do healthy joints allow the horse to move freely, but they also help to effectively absorb concussion, especially when the horse is... Read More

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The Rear Leg

October 15, 2001

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

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Focus on Discipline: Hunters/Jumpers

October 10, 2001

Ears forward and eyes fixed, the horse concludes his gallop in front of the fence. He gathers himself and leaps gracefully into the air, clearing the obstacle with ease and landing on the other side of the obstacle to gallop on to the next... Read More

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Tendon Injuries in Horses

September 13, 2001

Tendon injuries can be extremely frustrating. The best way to deal with them is to make every effort to prevent them, or if possible, limit the degree of damage that occurs. Certainly some tendon injuries occur acutely without any warning, but... Read More

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Are Straight Hocks a Problem?

January 01, 2001

Does having straight hocks cause a horse to trip or to react any different than a horse without this? Will they tire more easily climbing hills when on a trail? What safety considerations should I be thinking about? --Lynn... Read More

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Conformation in Horses

October 01, 2000

Conformation...what does it mean? If you've spent any time around horses or horse people, you've heard this word or related words used again and again. "Wow, that horse has great conformation!" or "My trainer said not t... Read More

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Your Horse's Limbs: Does Form Follow Function?

October 01, 1999

We asked several leading experts for their take on the conformation-performance-soundness issue.... Read More

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There Was a Crooked Foal

May 01, 1999

A newborn foal, teetering on spidery legs, has a knock-kneed, awkward charm that can melt hearts. ... Read More

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Out On A Limb: Young Burro Receives Artificial Leg At Colorado State

October 16, 1998

A five-month-old burro named Primrose got a leg up on life in the form of a prosthetic hind limb at Colorado State University recently, and her owner, a professional storyteller, put a happy ending on a sad tale.... Read More

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Capped Hock Injury

July 01, 1998

I have a three-year-old Thoroughbred filly who was shipped from Texas. When she arrived, she had a swelling on her hock that was called a capped hock. What exactly is a capped hock and how should I deal with it? Will it affect her ability to race ... Read More

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Hind End Lameness

October 01, 1997

I have a 4-year-old hunter who has become lame in his hind end. He routinely goes over 2' 6" jumps, but never anything larger. Being only 5'3", I do not think that my problem is the weight I am asking him to carry. There are... Read More