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

Kester News Hour, AAEP 2008

Every year equine veterinarians flock to the Kester News Hour session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention for reports on research that are too brief or new to be included in the scientific program. For the past Read More

Farriery: Past, Present, and Future

In the future Moyer predicted more use of glue-on shoes, more new shoeing materials from metals to composites, a move to more group/corporate farriery and veterinary operations, more partnering between veterinarians and farriers Read More

Keeping Performance Horses Sound, AAEP 2008

Evaluating what trimming/shoeing these horses need requires a combination of gait evaluation; hoof tester examination; discussion of the horse's history with the owner, trainer, and veterinarian; and evaluation of the wear patterns of the old shoes. Read More

Best Biosecurity Boots, AAEP 2008

We're all familiar with the medical/veterinary axiom: First do no harm. A recent Colorado State University (CSU) study extended this principle to biosecurity for ambulatory veterinarians: First, don't bring any diseases into a patient's Read More

Farriery and the Coffin Joint: Breakover Techniques, AAEP 2008

"Breakover (defined as the moment the heels lift off the ground) is very much affected by the surface the horse works on," began Hans Castelijns, DVM, Certified Farrier, of Cortona, Italy, during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at th Read More

Foot and Limb Deformities in Foals

Hunt discussed several limb and hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. One of his bi Read More

Hoof Repair Composites and Other Modern Materials, AAEP 2008

Glue-on shoes and other materials are indicated for cases of poor hoof quality or repeated shoe loss, or for crack repair, rebuilding a hoof, and preventing wear, began Bryan Fraley, DVM, of Veterinary Podiatry Associates in Harrodsburg, Ky., wh Read More

Your Exercising Horse's Upper Airway

Upper airway problems can ruin a good horse, whether they slow him down or cause airway noise that hurts his show placings. But they haven't always been easy to sort out because the upper airway couldn't be examined under natural exercise conditions Read More

Hoof Wall Separations and Quarter Cracks

Many things can contribute to abscesses that cause your horse pain and undermine hoof integrity. Read More

Processing Dilute Semen for Artificial Insemination

Since artificial insemination is currently practiced in most equine breeds (except Thoroughbreds), processing semen for cooling and transport is a common task in most equine reproductive centers. However, processing a dilute ejaculate--one with Read More

Conformation and Function

The first key to evaluating conformation is to have a standard of excellence in mind for that horse's breed and intended job. "To be a student of conformation, in my opinion, you have to have that standard of excellence in your mind every time you Read More

The Board Test for Lameness

Extension tests (such as trotting a horse off after he stands on a toe wedge for a short time) are sometimes used to detect certain lamenesses, but their use and interpretation are generally not very standardized between practices and practitioners. Read More

How to Take Foot Radiographs (AAEP 2008)

Radiographs provide information for making diagnoses, planning treatments, and guiding trimming and shoeing. The quality of the radiographs and the final product generated are dependent on the preparation of the foot, the position of the foot Read More

Foot Casts for Acute Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

There are many ways to support a laminitic horse's foot; one common European method is to use plaster of paris foot casts. Read More

Navicular Bursa Injections (AAEP 2008)

When a horse has pain in the rear half of the foot, injection of the navicular bursa (sac cushioning the navicular bone from the deep digital flexor tendon) is often considered as a treatment option. Corticosteroids (to control inflammation) Read More

Supporting Limb Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

Supporting (also called contralateral) limb laminitis strikes a previously healthy hoof when it bears excessive weight for long periods because the other front or hind foot is extremely painful (such as from a fracture, surgery, severe infection, etc Read More

Partial Phallectomy Technique, AAEP 2008

Although it's a painful option to consider (especially for the males in the profession), for some horse health problems the best treatment is partial phallectomy, or amputation of part of the penis. Such conditions might include penile injury Read More

Tooth Characteristics and Feed Digestibility

Think floating a horse's teeth improves his feed digestion? Think again, says one study. Read More

Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces vs. Dirt and Turf (AAEP 2008)

Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse Read More

Tendon Angle and Navicular Lameness (AAEP 2008)

Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it. Read More

New Tool for Counting Sperm

Equine practitioners now have a new, accurate tool for measuring stallion fertility--the NucleoCounter SP-100 fluorescence-based instrument. While it is more expensive than some instruments currently used for counting sperm, it is accurate and easy Read More

Aluminum Phosphide Poisoning

Aluminum phosphide is an indoor fumigant used to kill insects in most, if not all, of the stored grains we and our horses are exposed to. Like most pesticides, it can cause major problems in unintended species when used incorrectly. Read More

Estimating Future Stallion Fertility

Veterinary examination of a prospective breeding stallion is used to judge the stallion's fertility. Read More

Deworming--To Rotate or Not to Rotate?

Rotational deworming--dosing horses with different classes of dewormers in rotation--is often recommended for controlling equine internal parasites. The theory is that by using all of the available effective deworming drug classes, we combine their Read More

Ivermectin Toxicosis

Ivermectin has become one of the most widely used deworming medications worldwide since its introduction 25 years ago. It's usually considered to have a large margin of safety, but it can be highly toxic in rare circumstances Read More