Recent News for Anatomy & Physiology

The seat of the saddle tips back. The panels of the saddle have contact with the horse’s back at the front and the back but not under the middle of the saddle. This is called bridging and causes focal pressure under the front and back of the saddle.

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Study: Ill-fitting Saddles Behind Horse, Rider Back Pain

July 12, 2014

Researchers associated Ill-fitting saddles with equine back issues, a stilted gait, and rider back pain. ... Read More

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Identifying At-Risk Racehorses a Priority

July 08, 2014

The Thoroughbred industry is pushing the need to identify racehorses at risk of catastrophic injury.... Read More

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Endometrial Cups: A Unique Feature of Equine Pregnancies

July 05, 2014

Dr. Douglas Antczak recently commemorated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of endometrial cups.... Read More

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Study Evaluates Surgical Strangulation Colic Survival Rates

July 04, 2014

Researchers found that avoiding small intestine resection, when possible, can help reduce complications.... Read More

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Trotting Over Poles Can Have Exercise, Therapeutic Benefits

July 03, 2014

Trotting over poles helps increase joints' range of motion and could benefit horses recovering from lameness.... Read More

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Standardbred Racing Performance after OC Surgery Evaluated

July 02, 2014

Yearlings that had surgical treatment for hock osteochondrosis (OC) performed as well as those without OC.... Read More

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Infographic: Navicular Disease

June 30, 2014

Learn about navicular disease, a common condition that causes up to 1/3 of all front-limb equine lamenesses.... Read More

Avoiding nose-to-nose contact with horses from other farms can help prevent the spread of infectious respiratory diseases like equine herpesvirus and equine influenza.

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Protecting your Horse from Respiratory Disease

June 30, 2014

Here are five quick tips to help keep respiratory diseases out of your herd.... Read More

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Are Coughing and Nasal Discharge Early Indicators of Heaves?

June 30, 2014

Researchers say mild but persistent respiratory signs can indicate an increased risk of developing heaves.... Read More

All horses, regardless of intended use, should receive a thorough veterinary prepurchase exam.

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Prepurchase Exams: A Health Care Must

June 29, 2014

Investing in an equine prepurchase exam can save horse owners heartache and money.... Read More

When you look at the hoof as the horse stands, you are seeing the hoof wall. If you pick up the hoof to look at the bottom, you will see the sole, frog, sulci, heels and bar.

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Hoof Anatomy, Part 2: Outer Structures

June 25, 2014

The outer hoof's health affects the bones and soft tissues within, and vice versa. ... Read More

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Tentative Agenda for Racehorse Welfare Summit Released

June 21, 2014

Lecture topics will include bone development, intra-articular therapies, track surfaces, and more.... Read More

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What Makes Horses More or Less Likely to Miss Training Days?

June 17, 2014

Factors such as the animal's history appear to make horses more or less likely to miss training days.... Read More

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Researchers Study the Genetics of Heaves

June 16, 2014

Heaves appears to have a genetic basis, but one that varies between horses, Swiss researchers say.... Read More

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Canadian Couple Establishes Equine Orthopedics Research Fund

June 13, 2014

The couple is donating $300,000 to establish the Mark and Pat DuMont Equine Orthopedics Research Fund.... Read More

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Yeast Appears to Benefit Foals' Intestinal Flora

June 12, 2014

Researchers believe live yeast supplementation could give a foal's digestive system a better start in life.... Read More

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Belmont Stakes Runner-Up to Undergo Surgery

June 11, 2014

Commissioner will undergo surgery to remove a small chip in his front left fetlock.... Read More

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Leg Conformation

June 11, 2014

Good leg conformation in a horse is a must if that animal is to remain serviceably sound for performance.... Read More

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Managing Seniors with Heaves

June 10, 2014

Senior horses diagnosed with heaves face more obstacles than their younger counterparts. ... Read More

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Wildfire Smoke and Horses' Respiratory Health

June 10, 2014

Smoke can cause serious respiratory problems for horses. Here's how to protect your herd in case of wildfires.... Read More

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Avoid Common Mistakes when Building an Outdoor Arena

June 08, 2014

Here are a few of the pitfalls that can arise when building an arena along with tips on how to avoid them.... Read More

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Knottenbelt: Fecal Blood Test Opening Diagnostic Doors

June 05, 2014

Learn how one vet believes the test can help improve diagnostics for a number of horse health conditions.... Read More

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New Minimally Invasive Approach to Treating Kissing Spines

June 05, 2014

Researchers reviewed a surgical technique called a subtotal cranial wedge ostectomy with positive results.... Read More

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Headshaking Hurts Horses

June 04, 2014

Headshaking is a serious and distressing condition for both horses and their owners. ... Read More

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Common Nutrient Deficiencies in Horses

June 04, 2014

Nutrient deficits can lead to equine motor neuron disease, osteochondritis dissecans, epiphysitis, and more.... Read More