Back and Spine


The Coolest Things I Learned About Saddle Fit

May 19, 2015

Here are my top six takeaways from a two-day introduction to saddle fitting course.... Read More


How to Fit an English Saddle

May 04, 2015

Master Saddler Ian Hastilow shows how to properly place an English saddle on a horse and check for its correct fit.... Read More


Six Signs of Sacroiliac Disease in Horses

March 31, 2015

Sacroiliac disease is a newly recognized condition that vets are seeing a lot of in performance horses.... Read More


The DIY Test for SI Disease

February 27, 2015

One performance horse veterinarian has devised a simple "checklist" for identifying sacroiliac disease in horses.... Read More


Shock Wave Therapy

February 27, 2015

Equine surgeon Dr. Scott McClure explains what shock wave therapy is and how it works.... Read More


Exercise's Effects on Horses' Back Dimensions and Saddle Fit

February 04, 2015

Researchers determined that exercise causes horses' back dimensions to change, which could negatively impact saddle fit.... Read More


Top Lameness and Surgery Studies of 2014

January 21, 2015

Studies covered stem cells, nerve blocks, respiratory issues, joint supplements, kissing spines treatments, and more.... Read More


The Incredible Equine Neck

January 06, 2015

From perils to preservation tactics: How your horse can hurt his neck and ways to prevent injury. ... Read More


How are Horses with Kissing Spines Treated?

January 01, 2015

Dr. Rachel Buchholz describes different treatment and management options for horses diagnosed with kissing spines.... Read More


What is Kissing Spines?

December 18, 2014

Dr. Rachel Buchholz explains what "kissing spines" is in horses and its clinical signs.... Read More


Second Saddle Research Trust Conference Held in England

December 14, 2014

Researchers examined, discussed, and debated the latest research on saddle-related welfare and performance issues. ... Read More


When Might a Veterinarian Watch a Horse Under Saddle?

December 11, 2014

Find out how watching a horse move under saddle can help a veterinarian during a soundness or prepurchase exam.... Read More


How are Flex Tests Used in Soundness Exams?

November 27, 2014

Discover what flexing a joint can tell a veterinarian about a horse's soundness. ... Read More


Equine Functional Electronic Stimulation (FES)

November 21, 2014

An established human therapy helps horses as well. Learn about FES and its possible equine applications.... Read More


Saddlers Support Saddle Research Trust Conference

November 05, 2014

The conference will focus on applying science to horses, saddles, and riders to help improve horses' health and welfare.... Read More


Developing the Sport Horse: Common Injuries

October 29, 2014

Learn about three common sport horse injuries and how to prevent and treat them.... Read More


Researchers Examine Fatal Lumbar Vertebral Fractures

October 21, 2014

Researchers found pre-existing abnormalities in all horses with lumbar vertebral fractures that underwent a necropsy.... Read More

Dr. Tania Perez, a veterinary anesthesiologist, checks the pulse on a horse about to undergo a computed tomography (CT) scan in WSU’s new high-speed spiral CT machine.


State-of-the-Art Imaging Techniques Reviewed

October 11, 2014

Learn how computed tomography (CT), MRI, and nuclear scintigraphy can help vets diagnose issues within horses' bodies.... Read More


Why Does a Horse Buck?

September 11, 2014

An equine behavior expert and veterinarian explores the reasons why a horse might buck.... Read More


Magnetic Blankets' Impacts on Horses Studied

September 06, 2014

Researchers found that magnets in blankets don't have the impact on blood flow that some manufacturers might claim.... Read More


Rehabilitation Exercises from the Ground

September 03, 2014

Learn how dynamic mobilization, core strengthening, and balancing exercises can benefit horses recovering from injury.... Read More


New Referral Scheme Launched to Help Combat Saddle Problems

August 23, 2014

The plan is designed to give owners access to the expertise and advice of a veterinary authority at a manageable cost.... Read More


Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy

August 16, 2014

Shock wave is a noninvasive, nonsurgical therapy for orthopedic conditions. Learn how it can help your horse.... Read More


Rehabilitating Horses with Back Problems

August 13, 2014

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


How Do Different Saddles Impact Horses' Movement?

August 12, 2014

Researchers found that saddle type did not appear to impact movement in a group of Icelandic horses.... Read More