Back and Spine

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Acupuncture in Horses

April 11, 2014

Dr. Erin Denney-Jones explains what acupuncture involves and how it is used to help horses. ... Read More

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Variations in Body Conformation

April 08, 2014

There is no one ideal body type; there are, however, conformation traits that can affect performance.... Read More

The work therapy horses such as Elliot perform is priceless; their health and welfare should be, as well.

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Therapeutic Riding Horse Health

March 20, 2014

Like any equine athlete, therapy horses require specialized training, care, and management. ... Read More

A horse patient completes an underwater treadmill therapy session in the new Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center at the University of Tennessee's Veterinary Medical Center, in Knoxville.

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Underwater Treadmill Exercise's Effects on Horses' Backs

March 18, 2014

Using these treadmills in a horse's fitness regimen might help relieve back pain and increase range of motion.... Read More

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Evaluating Conformation

January 22, 2014

Do you know what to look for when evaluating a horse's conformation? ... Read More

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Poll Recap: Saddle Fit

January 21, 2014

Just over half of the respondents in this week's poll said they have had a saddle professionally fitted. ... Read More

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Does Your Saddle Hurt Your Horse?

January 16, 2014

Find out what behaviors can tell you that your saddle hurts your horse. ... Read More

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Detecting Upper Body Issues

January 16, 2014

Learn about less common but more difficult to diagnose upper body lamenesses. ... Read More

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Six Veterinarian-Approved Saddle-Fit Tips

November 11, 2013

On a quest for the perfect saddle and the best fit? Here are a few words of advice from veterinarians. ... Read More

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Head Position Impacts Kissing Spines Evaluation (AAEP 2012)

April 20, 2013

How a horse stands during X rays might influence how vets interpret images when diagnosing kissing spines. ... Read More

These images show the difference in pressure distribution between a horse ridden at the sitting trot wearing no saddle pad (left) vs. a sheepskin saddle pad (right).

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Saddle Pad Science

April 01, 2013

Researchers are learning how different pads stack up for keeping our horses happy and healthy under saddle.... Read More

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Study: Cut-Out Saddle Pads Relieve Some Saddle Pressure

November 16, 2012

A cut-out patterned English appeared to have multiple benefits when compared to not using a pad.... Read More

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Could Horses' Neck Postures Indicate Back Pain?

October 26, 2012

A recently published French study suggests a horse's neck posture might indicate correlating back pain.... Read More

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New Surgical Treatment for Kissing Spines Evaluated

August 28, 2012

A new, minimally invasive kissing spines treatment method boasted a 95% success rate in a recent study.... Read More

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New Treatment for Equine Bone Fragility Disorder Evaluated

August 10, 2012

Zoledronate appears effective in improving clinical signs associated with bone fragility disorder.... Read More

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Exercises to Strengthen Equine Back Muscles, Reduce Pain

August 06, 2012

Exercising the multifidus muscles in addition to daily training could reduce equine back pain.... Read More

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CSU to Offer Horse Health Discussions for Veterinarians

August 03, 2012

The first discussion, which will cover sacroiliac pain in horses, is scheduled for Aug. 6 at 6:30 p.m.... Read More

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Kissing Spines: Common, But Not Career-Ending (AAEP 2011)

January 18, 2012

Kissing spines are more likely to cause clinical problems in certain breeds, disciplines, and age groups.... Read More

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Managing Neck and Back Pain in Sport Horses

January 11, 2012

A thorough physical examination and tailored therapeutic approach can help relieve equine neck and back pain.... Read More

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Neck, Back Mobilization Help Treat Equine Back Pain

November 05, 2011

Research has shown that performing carrot stretches can strengthen the muscles that stabilize a horse's back.... Read More

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Saddle Pads: Best Shock Absorber Identified in Study

August 02, 2011

Researchers recently examined what saddle pad material is best suited for reducing equine back pressure.... Read More

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Back Pain in Horses

May 16, 2011

Learn how your horse's back works and the causes of and treatments for equine back pain. ... Read More

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Link Between Chronic Pain and Aggression in Horses Identified

April 11, 2011

Anyone who's suffered from chronic aches and pains will likely say the ever-present irritation can put a damper on their day, possibly even making them cranky. But is the same true for horses? A group of French researchers recently completed a study ... Read More

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Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain in the Sport Horse (AAEP 2010)

February 01, 2011

"Back problems can be performance-limiting in the horse due to pain and reduced range of motion and flexibility," reported Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, as he presented on equine back pain at the 2010 American Association of Equine ... Read More

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Genetics of Swayback in Saddlebred Horses Examined

December 20, 2010

The gene responsible for causing the swaybacked appearance of many American Saddlebred horses might be playing an advanced game of "hide and go seek," but genetic researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center are one step ... Read More