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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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Hoof Care for Toeing Out

April 01, 2006

An owner looks for help for a filly that wears down her feet unevenly with turned-out toes.... 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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Joint Cartilage Adaptation in Young Horses

April 22, 2005

It is widely believed that exercise and limb-loading in foals help joint cartilage functionally adapt to the rigors of athletic activity. In 2005, Dutch researchers set out to find out if they could verify the concept of functional adaptation of... Read More

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Conformation And Racing Problems (AAEP 2003)

February 23, 2004

Genetics, racing surface, number of starts, age of the horse, pre-existing disease, conformation, and trauma have all been implicated as potential factors in the cause of racing and training injuries.... Read More

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Shoeing in the Frontal and Horizontal Planes

April 16, 2003

When evaluating horseshoeing, many people don't look at the hoof correctly, according to Hans Castelijns, DVM and farrier based in Italy. "There are the sagittal, frontal, and horizontal planes (illustration included in this story)," he sai... Read More

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Safeguarding Lower Limbs

May 01, 2002

Since bubble wrapping a horse isn't an option, owners use boots and wraps to try to avoid lower limb injuries.... Read More

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The Equine Foot -- Form and Function

October 15, 2001

There is an adage that is as old as the modern-day horse. It goes something like this: No foot, no horse. My late father, who could pick out a minute leg or foot unsoundness at a glance, used to lecture his young son about the importance of good... 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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Equine Foot Research In America

October 05, 2001

Back in the 1800s, the world really could have used a better hoof on a better horse. History tells us that breeders tried to comply, by including soundness as a criterion for reproduction. Veterinary medicine complied with... 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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Form and Function of Joints

June 01, 2001

There is a definite correlation between joint angle, hoof flight pattern, and weight bearing. One might even wax a bit poetic and declare that as the joint angles, so flies and lands the hoof. That's where the poetry ends, however, because if... Read More

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The Club Foot

June 01, 2001

Q: After seeing the conformation of several weanlings at a sale recently, I noticed that my weanling had a strange-looking foot. On closer examination of his leg, his foot seemed a bit boxy. Will I still be able to sell him... 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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Osselets (Traumatic Arthritis of the Fetlock)

September 01, 2000

Osselets begin with swelling on the front of the fetlock joint, with the possible addition of synovial distensions on the sides of the joint (commonly called windpuffs). It's painful when the horse flexes the joint, and can cause lameness.... Read More

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Bar Shoes

July 01, 2000

Once regarded as pretty radical, bar shoes now are experiencing something of a renaissance. In particular, egg bar shoes are being fitted to more feet now more than ever before-even those belonging to horses in high-intensity athletic careers,... Read More

This radiograph demonstrates the bony abnormalities seen with high ringbone (involving the pastern joint). This film is of the left hind foot of a 10-year-old Quarter Horse used for barrel racing.

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Ringbone in Horses

February 01, 2000

Ringbone, a lameness disease of the pastern and coffin joints, is a degenerative disorder that has no cure. ... 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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Leg Conformation

July 01, 1999

Proper leg conformation for the horse is highly important in all of its endeavors.... 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 the hardest of hearts. But it's not so charming if, after a couple of weeks, his legs still look as if they're bending in all the wrong places. Some... Read More

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American Farrier's Association Convention

May 01, 1999

The American Farrier’s Association Convention held in Lexington, Ky., March 3-6, was planned with the professional farrier in mind. While the lion and the lamb vollied outdoors throughout the four-day event, inside the convention center farriers... 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