Recent News for Conformation and Problems


Bone Chips in Horses: Why, Where, and What to Do

October 07, 2015

Bone chips can be a proper pain in the joint; learn where and why they happen and when they need to be removed. ... Read More


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


Rehabilitating Sport Horses

September 23, 2015

Here's how to get your performance horse back to the show ring safely and successfully after layup. ... Read More


Poll Recap: Readers Say 'Yes' to Professional Saddle Fit

September 08, 2015

Of the 843 respondents, 393 (47%) said they've had a professional saddle fitter evaluate their horses and tack.... Read More


The Importance of Limb Conformation

September 02, 2015

Researchers are always working to determine which deviations from the norm are performance-limiting. ... Read More

Scratches commonly affects the rear aspect of nonpigmented pasterns.


Dewormer's Effect on Scratches

August 28, 2015

Find out what kinds of skin parasites can cause scratches and how these pests respond to ivermectin treatment. ... Read More


Survey: Limbs, Not Feet, Main Cause of Lameness

August 27, 2015

A British survey revealed that lameness is three times more likely to be caused by limb conditions than hoof problems.... Read More


Detecting Upper Body Issues

August 17, 2015

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


Hoof Radiographs: More Than Meets the Eye

August 12, 2015

Something on the X rays looks a bit off--is it significant or of no consequence? It depends on what you find.... Read More


Do Western Saddles Distribute Pressure Evenly?

August 10, 2015

While Western saddles had uneven pressure distribution, study horses showed no signs of saddle-related discomfort.... Read More


Controlling Burrowing Rodents in Pastures

August 07, 2015

Find out how to prevent groundhogs, voles, and other pests from leaving horse-limb-sized holes in your pastures.... Read More


Movement Asymmetry in Working Polo Ponies Evaluated

August 02, 2015

Polo ponies showed a high degree of movement asymmetry, but this doesn't necessarily mean the animal is lame or in pain.... Read More


Saddle Research Conference Review Published in Journal

August 01, 2015

The review appeared in the British Equine Veterinary Association's Equine Veterinary Education.... Read More


Managing the Club Foot

July 29, 2015

Veterinarians and farriers can work together to help club-footed horses lead productive lives.... Read More


Signs That Your Saddle Doesn't Fit Your Horse

July 28, 2015

Watch for these telltale signs of poor saddle fit in your horse's body, behavior, and movement.... Read More


The Conformationally Challenged Athlete

July 20, 2015

No horse is perfect, and many with conformational flaws go on to compete successfully. What can you live with and how?... Read More


Arena Maintenance: What to Remember

July 17, 2015

Here's how to prolong your arena footing's lifespan and maintain a safe and functional riding surface.... Read More


What Do the Sweat Marks Under Your Saddle Mean?

July 17, 2015

From excessive dirt accumulation to dry spots, here's what the sweat patterns under your saddle are really telling you.... Read More


Researchers Study Impact's Impact on Bone Health

July 13, 2015

Finite-element modeling is providing a more in-depth look at equine joint health under varying loading conditions.... Read More


Tackling Tough-to-Heal Wounds

July 13, 2015

When a horse's healing process gets derailed, wounds can become chronic. Here's how to prevent complications.... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.


From Toeing-Out to Toeing-In

July 08, 2015

What could cause a change in an adult horse's leg conformation? ... Read More

Note the difference between the MRI image showing a normal spinal cord on the left and the one showing cord compression on the right.


Wobbler Syndrome: What We Know and Where We're Headed

July 01, 2015

Find out what you need to know about this devastating neurologic disease and what research developments are underway.... Read More


Seven Common Saddle Faults

June 10, 2015

A poorly designed or damaged saddle affects not only your riding but also your horse's comfort. Learn what to watch for.... Read More


2015 USEF High-Performance Sports Medicine Meeting Tweets

June 08, 2015

Get take-home messages from the 2015 USEF High-Performance Sports Medicine Veterinary Meeting in Portland, Oregon.... Read More


Trail Horse Hoof Care

June 03, 2015

Learn about the best trimming and shoeing practices to ensure your horse stays sound while traveling the trails.... Read More