Christy M. West

Christy West has a BS in Equine Science from the University of Kentucky, and an MS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Articles by Christy West

Hoof Anatomy, Part 2: Outer Structures

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

Horse Hoof Anatomy, Part 1

Learn how the bones and soft tissues in a horse's hoof work together and impact soundness. Read More

Supporting Limb Laminitis in Casted Horses (AAEP 2011)

Study horses treated with full-limb casts had a fivefold greater risk of developing laminitis. Read More

Evaluating Horse Feet, Legs, and Gaits (AAEP 2011)

One researcher described how to evaluate horses' feet, legs, and gaits for potential soundness or lameness. Read More

2011's Top Equine Reproduction News (AAEP 2011)

A wrap-up of some applicable studies to equine reproduction in 2011 from Dr. Patrick M. McCue. Read More

2011's Top Equine Surgery/Lameness Studies

A wrap-up of the most important, interesting, or applicable surgery and lameness studies from Dr. Scott Palmer Read More

Manuka Honey for Healing Horse Wounds (AAEP 2011)

Manuka honey can be used to promote healing of wounds without the need for a bandage, one researcher said. Read More

Recombinant Hormones Make Mares Cycle in Winter (AAEP 2011)

Researchers reported success with inducing ovulation in winter anestrous mares via a new hormone therapy. Read More

Acupuncture to Reduce General Anesthesia (AAEP 2011)

Electroacupuncture-treated horses exhibited a significantly deeper depth of anesthesia compared to controls. Read More

Cast Complications in Horses (AAEP 2011)

Researchers recently found that nearly half (49.5%) of horses with limb casts experience complications. Read More

Physical Therapy for Stifle Problems in Horses (AAEP 2011)

A physical therapy program is owner- and horse-intensive in terms of time and energy for successful outcomes. Read More

Hydrotherapy to Rehabilitate Injuries in Horses (AAEP 2011)

Veterinarians can prescribe aquatic therapy in the form of swimming pools or underwater treadmills. Read More

2010's Top Equine Reproduction Studies (AAEP 2010)

The science of equine reproduction enjoyed many significant advancements in 2010, and these were discussed during the popular Kester News Hour session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Baltimore, Md. Read More

Neurologic Examination of Horses in the Field (AAEP 2010)

What does a veterinarian look for when evaluating a horse for neurologic disease? Hint: The neurologic exam starts with simple field tests, not sophisticated imaging equipment. "Each clinician has his or her own method of performing a neurologic exam Read More

Nature vs. Nurture and Horse Health (AAEP 2010)

The phrase "nature vs. nurture" is usually used to refer to the debate over which has a greater impact on a person's personality and preferences--genetics or environment/rearing. But for this article, we'll use it in the context of fetal programming, Read More

2010's Top Equine Lameness/Surgery Studies (AAEP 2010)

What would be your pick for the most groundbreaking news in equine lameness, surgery, or racing for 2010? Not sure? Read on to find out what Scott E. Palmer, VMD, Dipl. ABVP (Equine Practice), hospital director and a staff surgeon of the New Jersey Read More

2010's Top Equine Medicine Studies (AAEP 2010)

What would be your pick for the most groundbreaking news in equine veterinary internal medicine for 2010? Not sure? Read on to find out what Steve Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., deemed the most important Read More

Subfertile Breeding Stallions: Management Strategies (AAEP 2010)

"Stallions do not become sires because of reproductive capability," began Dickson Varner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, professor of large animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University. "They're selected based on performance, pedigree, and conformation Read More

Hoof Cracks, Wounds, and More Discussed at Farrier Session (AAEP 2010)

"No foot, no horse" is perhaps the most used and still the most true statement there is in horse care. A horse is generally worthless without functional feet, which is why the American Association of Equine Practitioners devoted a Read More

Assisted Reproduction in Horses: Practical Usage (AAEP 2010)

Technology is an amazing thing--especially technology that allows veterinarians to produce live foals from horses with very poor fertility and even from those that have died. A number of assisted reproductive technologies for horses have been Read More

Foot Pain in Horses: Diagnosing Soft Tissue Problems (AAEP 2010)

When pain is localized to the foot but no abnormalties can be seen on radiographs (often called X rays), problems in soft tissues within the foot are often the culprit. However, imaging soft tissues in the foot to arrive at a diagnosis can be Read More

Sidebone and Coffin Bone Fractures (AAEP 2010)

When it comes to lame horses, things aren't always simple--the injuries/problems don't always come one at a time. Take sidebone, for example--in a recent study presented at the 2010 the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention (held Read More

Stifle Abnormalities in Cutting Horses: Not So Bad, Says Study (AAEP 2010)

Radiographs of a horse's limb joints are an important part of the pre-purchase examination for any performance prospect; the goal is to find any problems that might cause lameness down the road. However, it appears that in cutting horses at least, Read More

Neuroaxonal Dystrophy in Quarter Horses: Case Series

Neuroaxonal dystrophy is a neurologic disease that affects horses. Researchers believe it might be genetic. Read More

Detomidine Sedation and Eye Pressure in Horses (AAEP 2010)

If your horse has to be sedated, the effect of that sedative on the fluid pressure within his eyes (intraocular pressure) might be the last thing you're worried about. Unless, of course, he is being sedated for an eye procedure--then this issue Read More