Back and Spine

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Developing the Sport Horse: Common Injuries

October 29, 2014

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

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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.

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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

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Why Does a Horse Buck?

September 11, 2014

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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FEI Seeks to Improve Vaulting Horse Welfare

July 08, 2014

As vaulters' movements become more complex, the horse's continued welfare is an important issue for the FEI.... Read More

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'Minimalist' Endurance Saddle's Biomechanics Studied

June 21, 2014

The team found that it took the horse less time to finish a race in minimalist tack than in traditional tack.... Read More

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New Minimally Invasive Approach to Treating Kissing Spines

June 05, 2014

Researchers reviewed a surgical technique called a subtotal cranial wedge ostectomy with positive results.... Read More

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Study: Owners Might Miss Signs of Equine Back Pain

May 27, 2014

Caretakers drastically underestimated how many horses in their care suffered from back pain in a recent study.... Read More

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The Perfect Fit

May 14, 2014

Finding the right saddle for your horse is a mix of high-tech and hands-on approaches.... Read More

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Saddle Sore Spots

May 02, 2014

Saddle and girth sores are common in horses that are ridden with poorly fitting tack.... Read More

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Surgically Treating 'Kissing Spines' in the Standing Horse

April 23, 2014

The team found that the standing procedure yielded similar results to surgery done under general anesthesia. ... Read More

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Variations in Body Conformation

April 09, 2014

There is no one ideal body type; there are, however, conformation traits that can affect performance.... Read More

The work therapy horses such as Elliot perform is priceless; their health and welfare should be, as well.

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Therapeutic Riding Horse Health

March 20, 2014

Like any equine athlete, therapy horses require specialized training, care, and management. ... Read More

A horse patient completes an underwater treadmill therapy session in the new Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center at the University of Tennessee's Veterinary Medical Center, in Knoxville.

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Underwater Treadmill Exercise's Effects on Horses' Backs

March 18, 2014

Using these treadmills in a horse's fitness regimen might help relieve back pain and increase range of motion.... Read More

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Poll Recap: Saddle Fit

January 21, 2014

Just over half of the respondents in this week's poll said they have had a saddle professionally fitted. ... Read More

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Detecting Upper Body Issues

January 16, 2014

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

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Six Veterinarian-Approved Saddle-Fit Tips

November 11, 2013

On a quest for the perfect saddle and the best fit? Here are a few words of advice from veterinarians. ... Read More

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Head Position Impacts Kissing Spines Evaluation (AAEP 2012)

April 20, 2013

How a horse stands during X rays might influence how vets interpret images when diagnosing kissing spines. ... Read More

These images show the difference in pressure distribution between a horse ridden at the sitting trot wearing no saddle pad (left) vs. a sheepskin saddle pad (right).

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Saddle Pad Science

April 01, 2013

Researchers are learning how different pads stack up for keeping our horses happy and healthy under saddle.... Read More