Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

Articles by Stephanie L. Church

When Corneal Ulcers Get Complicated

A seemingly minor ulcer can lead to the loss of vision or the eye itself if complications arise. Here's what to know. Read More

Rib Fractures and Performance Horse Discomfort

In one study 15 affected horses presented with a sudden change in ridden behavior, but only one had a history of trauma. Read More

Is My Neurologic Horse Safe to Ride?

The decision, one veterinarian says, involves balancing rider and safety, liability concerns, and animal welfare. Read More

Rib Fractures: A Surprising Cause of Horse Lameness

Rib fractures can cause problems even when there's no history of trauma or obvious signs indicative of a fracture. Read More

What's a Pheochromocytoma, and How Do Vets Diagnose It?

This hormone-secreting tumor can form in horses' adrenal glands, potentially causing damaging high blood pressure. Read More

IDDSP Surgery Type's Impact on Race Performance

Racing performance was unaltered regardless of which technique was used to correct soft palate displacement. Read More

Equine Gait Analysis: Sensor Placement Consistency Crucial

Even small deviations in sensor placement can result in an inaccurate hind-limb lameness diagnosis, researchers found. Read More

Man vs. Machine on Post-Nerve-Block Lameness Evaluation

There was a strong correlation between vet and inertial sensor system when evaluating lameness change post-nerve-block. Read More

Wobbler Syndrome: What's Going on With the Neck Vertebrae?

Researchers examined bone and cartilage lesions on MRI and micro-CT to better understand their distribution and type. Read More

Testing for EPM, Lyme, and Other Equine Neurologic Diseases

A neurology specialist reviews the confusing landscape of laboratory diagnostics for neurologic disease in live horses. Read More

Horsing Around When 'Without Horse'

Discover different ways you can stay involved with horses when owning one isn't an option. Read More

Cushing's Characteristics, Clinical Signs at Diagnosis

Researchers confirmed some suspected patterns in PPID clinical signs and identified others they considered surprising. Read More

Scientists Compare Insulin Resistance Test Options

Researchers ran four tests on the same group of horses to compare results and determine sensitivity and specificity. Read More

Yes, Your Horse is Neurologic (Or No, He Isn't)

Equine veterinarians confirm motion capture could be useful for objective measurements of ataxia, or incoordination. Read More

Vaccinated Against WNV and EEE or Infected? Vets Can Tell

Researchers determined that vaccination does not result in a false positive diagnosis of acute disease. Read More

Separate Salmonella Shedders for Safety

Scientists examined the effects of Salmonella shedding on previously hospitalized horses and their stablemates. Read More

Upper Eyelids Hold Upper Hand in Subpalpebral Lavage Study

Lavage systems placed in the upper and lower eyelids developed complications 12.8% and 22.2% of the time, respectively. Read More

Study: Western Performance Horses with PSD Benefit from ACS

Researchers have found success treating some proximal suspensory desmitis cases with autologous conditioned serum (ACS). Read More

Choosing Cases and Using MSCs for Equine Joint Injuries

Learn how one veterinarian chooses cases and uses mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to treat horses with joint injuries. Read More

The ABCs of Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine for Horses

Researchers are studying and using everything from MSCs to PRP and ACS to BMPs. Here are the basics you should know. Read More

Proper Hand Hygiene Prevents Equine Disease

A veterinarian reviews proper hand hygiene techniques to help prevent equine disease spread during exams and procedures. Read More

Mending Tendon and Joint Injuries with PRP

One vet says early treatment and rehabilitation techniques are key to successful platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy. Read More

Choose Tendon Injury Cases Carefully for Stem Cell Success

Practitioners should choose cases and prepare cells carefully for the best chance of treatment success, one vet says. Read More

Horse Nutrition Tweets from the Purina Horse VIP Event

Read our editor's take-home equine nutrition tweets from the Purina Professional Horse VIP Meeting Sept. 15-17. Read More

Working Equid Disease: A South African Vet's Perspective

Veterinarians must consider both athletic and working horses when preventing equine disease in South Africa. Read More