A Whole-Horse Approach to Managing Joint Disease

From hoof and veterinary care to nutrition, exercise, and acupuncture, find out how to keep your horse sound.

Joint disease causes lameness, impedes training, creates behavioral issues, and can end a horse’s riding career. From hoof care and nutrition to medical and supportive care, learn how to keep your horse comfortable and sound despite joint disease.

About the Experts

Britt Conklin, DVM

Britt Conklin, DVM, is an equine professional services veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. He earned his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University, which recently inducted him into its hall of fame. He attended veterinary school at Texas A&M University and upon graduation worked at a large equine referral practice in Weatherford, Texas. More recently he was a practicing veterinarian and owner at Reata Equine Hospital. Active in the Texas horse community, Conklin served as the continuing education advisor for the Texas Equine Veterinary Association, was the founder and host veterinarian for the Texas Equine Podiatry Conference, and is a Texas Horse Council member. He is certified by the American Farriers Association and has consulted and lectured both nationally and internationally about equine performance medicine and podiatry.

Rachel Heart Bellini, DVM

Rachel Heart Bellini, DVM, owns Heart Equine, a veterinary practice in Franktown, Colorado, that focuses on sports medicine integrated with Chinese medicine, acupuncture and animal chiropractic. Prior to opening her own practice, Bellini worked as a racetrack veterinarian and at a referral clinic, where she primarily focused on equine lameness. Bellini is certified by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association and is a certified veterinary acupuncturist.

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