Musculoskeletal System

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Long Toes in Horses: A Pain in the Butt?

May 03, 2011

Your equine athlete's performance hasn't been blue ribbon-worthy as of late. Or maybe your broodmare's gaits are looking a little off kilter. Could long toes on the hind feet be to blame? According to the results of a recent study, the answer in some... Read More

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Building Muscle Mass: Researchers Study Protein's Role

April 26, 2011

Researchers are always working to better understand the equine body and how it functions. Case in point: A team of researchers from the Virginia Tech Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center recently completed an index study on a ... Read More

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Conditioning Through the Seasons: Spring and Summer

April 25, 2011

How your horse's body adapts to exercising and how he acclimates to spring and summer weather conditions. ... Read More

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Potential Vitamin K Supplement Eyed for Equine Bone Health

April 21, 2011

A particular form of vitamin K could be a potential candidate for increasing equine bone density while decreasing breakdown. However, veterinarians caution that this is not a viable supplementation route to pursue until further research on the effect... Read More

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Diagnosing Equine Bone Fragility Syndrome (AAEP 2011)

April 08, 2011

Clearly defined diagnostic criteria could help veterinarians detect BFS earlier and more accurately.... Read More

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Search for the Cause of Equine Atypical Myopathy

April 04, 2011

Equine atypical myopathy (EAM), a seasonal, pasture-associated muscle disorder of unknown etiology (cause), presents a particular challenge to veterinarians. The disease is characterized by a generalized complete degeneration of muscle fibers, which ... Read More

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Top Show Jumper Sapphire Injured

March 31, 2011

American show jumper McLain Ward's long-time partner Sapphire, a 16-year-old Belgian warmblood mare, strained her right front check ligament while training in Florida last week and will miss the remainder of the 2011 show season.
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Equine TMJ Disease: Why So Rare? (AAEP 2010)

March 13, 2011

A resurgence of interest in the equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (which allows for opening and closing of a horse's mouth) has led to discussions on the relationship of TMJ disease to weight loss or behavioral changes in horses. ... Read More

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2010's Top Equine Lameness/Surgery Studies (AAEP 2010)

February 17, 2011

What would be your pick for the most groundbreaking news in equine lameness, surgery, or racing for 2010? Not sure? Read on to find out what Scott E. Palmer, VMD, Dipl. ABVP (Equine Practice), hospital director and a staff surgeon of the New Jersey ... Read More

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The Science Of Saddle Fit

February 01, 2011

A saddle can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle's fit requires an understanding of saddle construction... 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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Fatal Injuries on Midwestern Racetracks (AAEP 2010)

January 24, 2011

In the Midwest there are several racetracks--featuring both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing--that sometimes slide under the radar of the mainstream racing community. But like all other tracks around the nation, these venues see wins, losses, ... Read More

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Areas of Humerus Stress in Horses Differ with Track Surface (AAEP 2010)

January 21, 2011

How much impact does a racing surface have on the horse's body and which parts are stressed most during work? According to Abigail N. Dimock, DVM, MS, of the University of California, Davis, who in collaboration with Kurt Hoffman, DVM, and other ... Read More

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Researcher: Realistic Expectations Key to Managing Osteoarthritis

January 18, 2011

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an incurable joint condition that affects horses of all ages and is thought to have a hand in up to 60% of all lameness cases. According to Janny C. de Grauw, DVM, PhD, from the Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht ... Read More

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Equine Scapular Fractures: Incidence in Racehorses (AAEP 2010)

January 17, 2011

About 2% and 6% of all racetrack fatalities in Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, respectively, are the result of scapular fractures, according to Stuart A. Vallance, BVSc (Hons), who, with Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and a research team at ... Read More

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Researchers Examine Spinal Manipulation vs. Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

January 13, 2011

Equine back pain can often cause a horse to move with a stiff trunk, asymmetrical spinal motion, and lameness. Horse owners often turn to chiropractic care as a technique to improve their horses' performance and comfort. At the 2010 American ... Read More

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Bone Chips: Prevalence and Effect on Racing Career (AAEP 2010)

January 11, 2011

In the first study of its kind performed on 2-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses, Daniel T. Meagher, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Valley Equine Associates, in Ranson, W.Va., set out to determine the prevalence of radiographic lesions and their effect on ... Read More

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Bone Chips in the Knee and Racing Potential (AAEP 2010)

January 10, 2011

Before purchasing a yearling it's important to review his health records to ensure he is healthy and sound enough for a successful racing career. Jennifer L. Higgins, DVM, gave potential buyers insight into specific lesions that could ... Read More

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Equine Racing Fatalities: Does Track Surface Matter? (AAEP 2010)

December 30, 2010

The horse racing industry is continuously working to make the sport safer for all parties involved, and in 2008, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) mandated the use of synthetic track in an attempt to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries ... Read More

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Tying-Up in Thoroughbreds: Narrowing the Genetic Search

December 24, 2010

Researchers suspect tying-up in horses is a heritable condition; however, they have yet to determine the gene--or genes--responsible. But a team of Japanese researchers recently moved the investigation forward with a groundbreaking study of affected ... Read More

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Large and Small Animal Veterinarians Work Together to Save Foal

December 20, 2010

When a Quarter Horse colt born with a severely deformed right hind limb arrived at the University of Florida's Large Animal Hospital last May, equine veterinarians recognized that traditional methods used for straightening abnormal legs in foals... Read More

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The Horse's Skeleton: Hind Limbs

November 03, 2010

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Ringbone in Horses

November 01, 2010

Thanks to advancements in treatment, ringbone is no longer ­automatically career-ending.... Read More

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Stringhalt in Horses

October 01, 2010

Stringhalt seems to make horses yank their legs up and halt them there momentarily before taking their next step. This is the outward sign of neurologic disease, sometimes caused by toxicity, sometimes of unknown origin.... Read More

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The Horse's Skeleton: Forelimbs

September 15, 2010

Learn about the structure and function of your horse’s forelimbs.... Read More