Pain Management

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Top Show Jumper Sapphire Injured

March 31, 2011

American show jumper McLain Ward's long-time partner Sapphire, a 16-year-old Belgian warmblood mare, strained her right front check ligament while training in Florida last week and will miss the remainder of the 2011 show season.
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Pain Management Options for Horses

March 23, 2011

Methods of managing pain in horses range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and opioids to alpha-2 agonists and ketamine, among others. Over the years, experience and research have helped veterinarians determine which of these are most ... Read More

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Treating Severe Forelimb Pain With a Continuous Nerve Blockade (AAEP 2010)

March 16, 2011

Veterinarians can reduce a horse's severe forelimb pain by administering a continuous, low-dose infusion of the local anesthetic bupivacaine, but this method is not suitable for every case, according to researchers from Cornell University's College ... Read More

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UC Davis Banks Foals' Umbilical Cords for Future Stem Cell Treatment

March 11, 2011

Horse owners now have the opportunity to collect umbilical cord tissue immediately after a foal is born and save it as a future source of therapeutic stem cells through the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at University of California, Davis ... Read More

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Economic Impact of Osteoarthritis and Joint Health Supplements (AAEP 2010)

March 08, 2011

Osteoarthritis is expensive to manage, with estimated annual costs as high as $10,000-15,000 per horse to diagnose, treat, and medicate, explained Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, director of the Orthopedic Research Center at Colo... Read More

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'Embryonic' Stem Cells and Tendonitis Repair (AAEP 2010)

March 07, 2011

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs, cells derived from embryos or generated using genetic means) have improved growth potential and are pluripotent, meaning they can form any tissue type to produce optimal healing. Unlike stem cells derived from an adult ... Read More

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Rehabilitating After Injury With Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

February 26, 2011

Early mobilization during acute healing phases increases blood and lymph flow and increases tissue tension to stimulate tissue repair and improve tissue alignment. Early mobilization produced a 60% improvement in tendon Type 1 collagen deposition ... Read More

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Pain/Stress in Horses: Owners, Trainers Might Be the Best Detectives

February 20, 2011

Owners and trainers might be the best resource of information for veterinarians evaluating pain in horses because they are most likely to be familiar with the horse's normal relaxed behavior and mannerisms, according to a researcher from Colorado ... Read More

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Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain in the Sport Horse (AAEP 2010)

February 01, 2011

"Back problems can be performance-limiting in the horse due to pain and reduced range of motion and flexibility," reported Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, as he presented on equine back pain at the 2010 American Association of Equine ... Read More

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The Science Of Saddle Fit

February 01, 2011

A saddle can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle's fit requires an understanding of saddle construction... Read More

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Medical Pain Management Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 31, 2011

A Table Topic at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., addressed medical pain management. Attendees agreed that the mainstay of pain management in the horse remains the use of ... Read More

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Sport Horse Practice Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 28, 2011

The Table Topic session on Sport Horse Practice (with a focus on eventers) at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., was well-attended by approximately 100 people. The discussion began ... Read More

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Fatal Injuries on Midwestern Racetracks (AAEP 2010)

January 24, 2011

In the Midwest there are several racetracks--featuring both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing--that sometimes slide under the radar of the mainstream racing community. But like all other tracks around the nation, these venues see wins, losses, ... Read More

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Florida Sports Medicine Center to Host Open House

January 22, 2011

The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center will be hosting a "For The Love of Your Horse" event on Feb.14. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Sanctuary's facility in Ocala, Fla.
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Equine Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Strategies Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 19, 2011

The Table Topic on sports medicine rehabilitation strategies at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., aimed to educate veterinarians on the opportunities and use of rehabilitation ... Read More

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Equine Scapular Fractures: Incidence in Racehorses (AAEP 2010)

January 17, 2011

About 2% and 6% of all racetrack fatalities in Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, respectively, are the result of scapular fractures, according to Stuart A. Vallance, BVSc (Hons), who, with Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and a research team at ... Read More

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New Dirt Track at Santa Anita Under Close Watch

January 07, 2011

There has been one racing fatality following a breakdown in the first eight days of competition on Santa Anita Park's new dirt track, according to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) equine medical director Rick Arthur, DVM. Another death was ... Read More

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Stats Look at Fatal Horse Racing Injuries Over Two Years

December 23, 2010

An analysis of statistics compiled by the Equine Injury Database (EID) for a two-year period shows a slight decline in the number of catastrophic injuries to Thoroughbred racehorses during that time, officials said Dec. 15.... Read More

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Training Injury Reporting Sought for Database

October 19, 2010

Officials with the Equine Injury Database are seeking support from owners and trainers to start voluntarily reporting injuries to Thoroughbreds during training hours. The Equine Injury Database (EID), now in its second year, already ... Read More

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Commentary: Give Bute the Boot

October 06, 2010

Without question, Bute and other NASAIDs help horses in training. But do we really need them on race day? Most vets will say it's better to give a horse time off rather than medication.... Read More

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Fair Play: World Equestrian Games

September 26, 2010

For decades the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) has governed major international equestrian events with the objective of keeping the sport fair and drug-free--an initiative the FEI refers to as "Clean Sport." Recently, however, the FEI... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: World Equestrian Games Horse Care Recording Now Available

September 18, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE session on World Equestrian Games Horse Care, held on Sept. 8, is now available for listening on demand. Scores of questions on transportation of World Equestrian Games equine athletes, nutrition, pain management, and ... Read More

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World Equestrian Games Horse Care

September 15, 2010

What makes the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games "bigger and better" from a horse care/management standpoint?... Read More

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FEI Announces Detection Times for Methylprednisolone Acetate

September 08, 2010

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has announced detection times for methylprednisolone acetate (Depo-Medrol), a frontline treatment for lameness in the equine athlete. The findings from recently completed studies on the... Read More

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Saddle Tree Types and Pressure Distribution

September 08, 2010

Modern saddles provide new options for tree type, with the goal of sparing a horse pain from localized saddle pressure. But new Swiss research suggests that, at least when a horse trots, tree type makes little difference in pressure distribution alon... Read More