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

Testing for Failure of Passive Transfer

When a newborn foal, for whatever reason, fails to obtain the antibodies he needs from his mother in his first hours of life, this often results in a very sick or even dead foal from septicemia. Quick identification of the problem (failure of passive Read More

AAEP 2003: Triage of Acute Racing Injuries

Thankfully not a large part of a racetrack veterinarian's job, severe injury of a racehorse nevertheless is one of the most visible and critical situations these practitioners must handle. Two experienced racetrack veterinarians, Mary Scollay, Read More

Accessory Ligament Injury (AAEP 2003)

While it might be easy to forget about the small accessory ligament that anchors the superficial digital flexor tendon to the upper foreleg bone (radius), acute desmitis (ligament inflammation) of this structure has now been shown to be a significan Read More

MRI in Navicular Horses

"MRI has proven to be a valuable tool for making specific diagnoses in horses with performance-limiting lameness problems," he stated. "Navicular disease is one of the most common causes of performance-limiting lameness in many types of Read More

AAEP 2003: Podiatry Forum

While some forum discussions at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention are fairly small affairs, that wasn't true of the 2003 podiatry forum. About 65 veterinarians and farriers filled the room to discuss Read More

Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot

Laminitis was the primary focus of the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, held Nov. 10-11 in West Palm Beach, Fla. This conference is held every other year and sponsored in large part by John K. and Read More

Founder Care and Ethical Considerations

While you probably wouldn't think of treating a foundered horse as a situation in which tough ethical decisions could crop up, the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot held Nov. 10-11 featured a morning Read More

Laminitis Terminology

A guide to laminitis terminology was presented by course director James A. Orsini, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. Universally understood terminology helps everyone communicate wh Read More

Experts Speak Out At Laminitis/Foot Conference

Laminitis--a disease that strikes fear into the hearts of horse people everywhere--was the primary focus of the Second International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, held Nov. 10-11 in West Palm Beach, Fla. This conferenc Read More

Cutting Down on Carbs (For Your Horse)

In an attempt to avoid the rich diets that can worsen obesity and laminitis in insulin-resistant horses (those said to be suffering from peripheral Cushing's disease), many owners feed hay instead of lush pasture or grain. However, Kathryn Watts Read More

The Basics of Breakover

What exactly is breakover? Most would answer that it is the horse's heel lifting off the ground and rotating over the toe as his foot leaves the ground. Breakover is simple in its definition, but pretty complex in its implications for your Read More

Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak in Oregon

Since Aug. 10, 16 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm have shown respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all were tested for the Read More

Barn Fire Kills 19 Horses

A proactive passerby helped save the lives of eight horses in a burning barn early Sept. 10 at Equestrian Park in College Station, Texas. Sixteen died in the fire due to burns and/or smoke inhalation and three more were euthanized shortly Read More

New Equine Podiatry Wing in Tennessee Clinic

While many farrier services and veterinary clinics will treat severe foot problems, and perhaps even specialize in them, very few can offer a veterinarian/farrier team available on a full-time basis to treat those horses. Although it’s still a Read More

Barn Fire Kills 19 of 27 Horses

The luck of a proactive passerby helped save the lives of eight horses in a burning barn early Sept. 10 at Equestrian Park in College Station, Texas. Sixteen died in the fire due to burns and/or smoke inhalation, said property owner Brazos Joe Read More

Oregon Equine Herpesvirus-1 Outbreak

In the last month, 16 of the 19 horses at Brookhill Stables in Goble, Ore., and two horses from a nearby private farm, have showed respiratory and/or neurologic signs consistent with equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1), although not all have been Read More

Horse Bomb Kills Eight People in Colombia

A bomb strapped to a horse exploded in a plaza in a small town in northeast Colombia on Wednesday, killing at least eight people, including a toddler, and injuring 20 others, stated the Army in a report in the Read More

Anatomy of a Trim

Why do we ask farriers to take knives and nippers (and sometimes a whole lot more) to our horses' feet every six weeks? For many of us, it has always been just one of those things you knew you had to do if you had horses. And we might have also Read More

Cutting-Edge Hoof Education

All of the cutting-edge hoof information presented at this symposium is very helpful to the fledgling field of equine podiatry. Equally valuable is the open, helpful atmosphere in which everyone is learning and helping each other understand new conce Read More

Hoof Pain and Performance

When a performance horse slowly goes off form, any number of things can be the cause. Could he have ulcers? Is he being overtrained? Is something subtle and mysterious going on with his metabolism? The problem could be much simpler than that--his fee Read More

Shoeing in the Frontal and Horizontal Planes

When evaluating horseshoeing, many people don't look at the hoof correctly, according to Hans Castelijns, DVM and farrier based in Italy. "There are the sagittal, frontal, and horizontal planes (illustration included in this story)," he sai Read More

Leg Amputation

"If a horse needs an amputation or he's not going to live, that's not much of a choice," began Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center and host of the 2003 Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, in a presentation on Jan. 18. Read More

Misplaced Nail on Thoroughbred Mare: Case Study

A mare in excellent physical condition suddenly turns lame after a reset of commonly used shoes. Read More

Using Self-Adjusting Palmar Angles to Treat Heel Pain

"How do we use the palmar angle (the angle the wings of the coffin bone make with the ground) to influence the mechanics (of the foot)?" asked Ric Redden, DVM, host of the 16th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium and founder of the Internationa Read More

Wall Ablation for Severe Laminitis

"It's only a sinker when the hoof is on it--the hoof on a sinker can shut you down and kill the horse," said Redden in his presentation "Treating High-Scale Laminitis With Wall Ablation and Transcortical Cast." Redden is known for his aggressive, Read More