Back and Spine

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7 Conformation Flaws: Piecing Together What We Know

April 19, 2016

What impact do structural deviations really have on your horse's soundness and performance? Here's what you should know.... Read More

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AAEP Announces Summer Continuing Education for Vets

March 24, 2016

Seminar topics include imaging the equine neck, reproduction, and soft-tissue injuries in performance horses.... Read More

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Swayback in a Young Horse

March 16, 2016

A young horse's swayback is getting worse as he ages. A veterinarian shares insight on why this might be.... Read More

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The Healthy-Backed Horse

March 16, 2016

Learn how the all-important equine back functions and how to prevent problems from developing. ... Read More

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RVC Unveils New CT Scanner for Horses

March 14, 2016

The new scanner is wider than the standard size, which should allow most of a horse's neck to be examined.... Read More

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Being a Fit Rider is Important for Your Horse's Health

March 09, 2016

Find out how your mental and physical performance will benefit from a program out of the saddle. ... Read More

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Poll Recap: Therapeutic Saddle Pads

February 23, 2016

Of the 456 respondents, 269 (59%) said they use a therapeutic saddle pad or one that helps their saddle fit better.... Read More

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Fixing Neck Fractures in Horses? It's Possible

February 23, 2016

A horse with a vertebral fracture without severe neurologic disorders could be a good candidate for surgical repair.... Read More

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Feeding the Horse's Topline

February 20, 2016

Learn what your horse needs in his diet and exercise program to help develop a well-muscled topline.... Read More

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University of Tennessee to Host Conference for Horse Owners

February 13, 2016

Lecture topics include nutrition, PPID, parasitology, back pain, toxic plants, natural foot care, and dentistry.... Read More

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Wobbler Syndrome: What's Going on With the Neck Vertebrae?

February 10, 2016

Researchers examined bone and cartilage lesions on MRI and micro-CT to better understand their distribution and type.... Read More

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Researchers Study the Biomechanics of Collection

January 20, 2016

Scientists studied the kinematics of both horse and rider to better understand exactly what goes on during collection.... Read More

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The Horse's Top Articles of 2015

December 24, 2015

Readers learned about a variety of topics from sweat marks under saddles and laminitis to beet pulp and hoof cracks.... Read More

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Equine Sports Therapy: How It Can Help Your Horse Heal

December 17, 2015

An FEI veterinarian and equine sports therapist answer your questions about keeping your horse performing at his best.... Read More

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10 Saddle Fit Resources on TheHorse.com

November 19, 2015

Are you confused where to begin when properly evaluating and fitting a saddle. Don't worry. We're here to help. ... Read More

Bob Schneder illustrates how this horse's back is built up more on the left side than the right.

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Saddle Fit: Basics and Beyond

November 19, 2015

Is your horse unhappy under saddle? Get your questions answered by a veterinarian who is also a saddle fitter.... Read More

The average shape of the “mean” Lipizzan stallion at Piber.

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Researchers Develop Objective Conformation Scoring System

November 18, 2015

Scientists applied precise, objective mathematical analysis to the subjective art of horse breeding evaluations.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Saddle Fitting Solutions

November 17, 2015

Of the 770 respondents, 303 (39%) said they bought new saddles if their previous ones did not fit their horses. ... Read More

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Should Veterinarians Be Concerned About Saddle Fit?

November 15, 2015

Veterinarians can access an illustrated tutorial on saddle fit and its impact horse and rider health and welfare.... Read More

Dressage champion Valegro works in the water treadmill at Hartpury College.

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Walking in Water: A Key Ingredient in Valegro's Winning Mix?

November 13, 2015

British researchers recently studied how water treadmills can influence a sport horse's performance and rehabilitation.... Read More

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Lateral Resistance in a Quarter Horse

November 10, 2015

My horse is healthy and sidepasses well to the right, but not left. Could it be because he's in pain?... Read More

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Nutrition and the Equine Topline

November 09, 2015

Find out how proper nutrition, including high-quality protein, could help improve muscling over your horse's back.... Read More

Here, the gullet is too narrow, the saddle tips forwards and bounces up and down, and the saddle is slipping to the right.

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Assessing Saddle Fit in Sport Horses

November 02, 2015

Dr. Sue Dyson shares her tips for ensuring your horse's saddle fits well and doesn't interfere with his performance.... Read More

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The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Your Horse

October 20, 2015

Chiropractic provides another means of diagnosis and treatment for many musculoskeletal disorders.... Read More

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Functional Electrical Stimulation and Equine Muscle

October 02, 2015

Researchers found that functional electrical stimulation improved the density and distribution of muscle mitochondria.... Read More