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

Deep Horn Insemination Technique

In his presentation "Deep Horn Insemination" at the Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium Oct. 25, John Steiner, DVM, Diplomate ACT, discussed two ways to use minimal numbers of sperm deposited at the tip of the uterine Read More

Luteal Insufficiency in the Mare

Insufficient function of the corpus luteum (the structure formed after the follicle that releases the egg, or ovulates, and then produces progesterone) has been proposed as a mechanism for early embryonic loss in the mare, but until now there Read More

Feeding Management for Stressful Situations

"Anytime you ask a horse to be a performance horse (taking him out of his natural environment), you put him in a stressful situation," said Joe Pagan, PhD, owner of Kentucky Equine Research (KER) in Versailles, Ky., during his presentation Read More

AAEP Preview: State of the Art Lecture

Innovation in equine medicine is the hallmark of the AAEP Convention's State of the Art Lecture, and this year will be no different. David M. Nunamaker, VMD, Chairman and Jacques Jenny Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery of the New Bolton Center's Read More

Environmental Effects on Hormone Activity

Some compounds present in the environment, both from natural and man-made sources, can disrupt the delicate hormone balance necessary for reproduction in several species possibly including horses, according to Cynthia Corbitt Gulledge, PhD, of Read More

Testing Supplement Efficacy

How do you know if something, anything from a car to a blender to a vitamin supplement, works? You test it in a manner consistent with the way it’s going to be used, using specific, relevant measures of performance, and evaluate it according to Read More

Help Limit Laminitis

To be sure, we don't yet know everything about laminitis. We don't know exactly why it occurs, why some horses have more acute attacks than others, or why some severe cases bounce back while seemingly lesser cases go downhill until euthanasia is the Read More

Is Your Horse Getting the Right Medications?

Unethical medication production and marketing is a serious problem in the equine industry, said Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, in a presentation at the American Horse Publications convention on June 21. "The equine industry is a huge target Read More

Putting Equine Podiatrists in Their "Right Minds"

While most people don't consider equine podiatry an artistic profession, Ric Redden, DVM, owner of the International Equine Podiatry Center and organizer/chief instructor of the first In-Depth Equine Podiatry Course going on this week, heartily Read More

Is Your Horse Getting the Right Medications?

Unethical medication production and marketing continues to be a serious problem in the equine industry worldwide, said Joe Bertone, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, in his presentation “Drug Quality and Equine Veterinary Practice” at the 2002 American Hors Read More

West Nile Virus 2001 Report Released, Map Online for 2002 Cases

Cases of equine West Nile virus (WNV) infection have been reported in Florida, and a bird has tested positive in Louisiana. Keep up with the spread of WNV in 2002 with our WNV map of cases.

Current Map of West Nile Virus Infection in Read More

Hoofcare Education at Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

One of the most common comments at the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 21-23, 2002, was that if farriers or veterinarians don't have a passion for working on laminitic horses, they shouldn't take the cases. Read More

Nutrition and Hoof Growth

At the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium January 21-23, Edgar A. Ott, PhD, of the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Florida, presented a review of the literature and research conducted at the University of Florida with E Read More

Laminitis in Central Kentucky

These findings suggest that the causes of laminitis or conditions associated with laminitis still remains elusive in many of the cases, which prevents us from developing a preventive strategy for this disease. Read More

AAEP Convention 2001: The Pruritic (Itchy) Horse

We've probably all had, or at least seen, a horse with an itching problem no one could quite figure out. In the roundtable discussion on pruritic (itchy) horses, veterinarians discussed just how to diagnose and manage these horses to keep them Read More

Foot/Lower Leg Wounds and Treatment

When you find your horse with a severe wound of the hoof or lower leg, you likely want to clean it up, remove any foreign matter such as fence wire, and apply antibiotics, right? However, this could make evaluation by your veterinarian more Read More

Navicular Syndrome Diagnosis

"Navicular disease is very difficult to study, because you can't reproduce it in a normal horse," said Earl Gaughan, DVM, of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. "You can't then work backward from the disease to find a cure. Read More

Value of Digital Venograms

A recent 10-horse study by Bruce Lyle, DVM, a primary care equine practitioner in Aubrey, Texas, looked at using digital venography (injecting radio-opaque dye into a blood vessel to measure blood flow in the foot) to enhance a practitioner's Read More

Septic Osteitis--One Laminitis Complication

Septic osteitis (SO, inflammation of bone beginning in the periosteum, or membrane surrounding bone) of the third phalanx or coffin bone can be a problematic complication of laminitis. SO has historically been regarded as a problem that called Read More

Radiographic and Venogram Technique

“Pulling a handful of films from the processor hoping a few of them are good enough and knowing full well that most will not be diagnostic is not only frustrating, but a tremendous financial black hole for all concerned,” said Ric Redden, DVM, i Read More

Investigating Foal Respiratory Disease

"While many outbreaks of respiratory disease in foals are infectious in nature, this is not always the case," she began. "Environmental factors can have a profound effect." Read More

White Line Disease/Canker: AAEP Convention Table Topic

White line disease (hoof wall separation) and canker (chronic overgrowth of the horn-producing tissues of the foot) are hoof concerns often linked to poor hygiene. Many veterinarians and farriers think that white line disease is much more common Read More

Sunrise Session: The Pruritic (Itchy) Horse

We’ve probably all had, or at least seen, a horse with a scratching problem no one could quite figure out. In Monday’s roundtable discussion on itchy horses, veterinarians discussed just how to diagnose and manage these horse Read More

Learning About Laminitis

One of the biggest revelations of the symposium was Pollitt's presentation on his laminitis work at the Australian Laminitis Research Unit, in which he discussed carbohydrate overload-induced laminitis. Read More

Opening the Airways

Only racehorses get exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH), right? Aren't they the only ones working hard enough to rupture blood vessels in their lungs? The answer to this question is not so simple. Research has shown that EIPH occurs in Read More