Musculoskeletal System

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Infographic: Basic Principles of Conditioning

August 20, 2014

Learn how to safely take your horse from flabby to fit step-by-step with our visual guide.... Read More

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Understanding the Biomechanics of Lameness

August 20, 2014

Locomotion involves consistent limb movements that change predictably when a horse is lame. Learn what to watch for.... Read More

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Developing the Sport Horse: The Importance of Hydration

August 20, 2014

Learn how heat and humidity can affect horses' ability to perform, and why water is important to keeping them healthy.... Read More

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Where Did Horses' Extra Toes Go?

August 15, 2014

Researchers believe modern horses' "extra" toes either don't develop fully or disappear during development.... Read More

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Researchers Define Botulism Survival Rates in Adult Horses

August 12, 2014

Penn Vet researchers found that adult horses that retained the ability to stand had a 95% survival rate.... Read More

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Rehabilitating Horses with Back Problems

August 12, 2014

Learn about methods, from stretches to massage, that can help horses suffering from back issues recover.... Read More

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Researchers Unlock Clues about Aging Equine Tendons

August 06, 2014

The research team discovered marked differences in the proteins found in young and old horses' tendons.... Read More

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Del Mar Once Again Shifting Races Off Turf

August 01, 2014

The move comes following another breakdown, the fifth since July 17, on the newly installed turf course.... Read More

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Apply with Caution: Is Your Topical Treatment Show-Safe?

August 01, 2014

Some topicals contain illegal substances that could result in a medication disqualification at your next show.... Read More

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10 Equine Joint Health Resources on TheHorse.com

July 31, 2014

Learn about options for keeping horses' joints healthy and for treating those that have developed problems. ... Read More

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Cross-Training Sport Horses for Body and Mind

July 31, 2014

Cross-training is a "central pillar" to athletic success and longevity, one veterinarian says. Learn why.... Read More

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Study: EIPH Does Not Shorten Racing Careers

July 29, 2014

Researchers found no difference in career longevity between horses that experience EIPH and those that don't.... Read More

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RCI to Consider Horses-in-Training Rules

July 29, 2014

The rules would govern racehorses in training in an attempt to identify whether they are at risk for injury.... Read More

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Commentary: Keeping the Promise

July 22, 2014

The Blood-Horse's editor shares thoughts on a promise to keep racehorses safe on all track surfaces.... Read More

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Clenbuterol's Impact on Horses' Body Fat Percentage

July 16, 2014

Researchers found that clenbuterol reduced body fat percentage in both resting and working horses.... Read More

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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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

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

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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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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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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