Nancy S. Loving, DVM

Nancy S. Loving, DVM, owns Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, and has a special interest in managing the care of sport horses. Her recent book, All Horse Systems Go, is a comprehensive veterinary care and conditioning resource in full color that covers all facets of horse care (available at Shop.TheHorse.com or by calling 800/582-5604). She has also authored the books Go the Distance as a resource for endurance horse owners, Conformation and Performance, and First Aid for Horse and Rider in addition to many veterinary articles for both horse owner and professional audiences.

Articles by Nancy Loving

Dermatology Review

Skin ailments were broken down into classifications of pruritic (itching), nodular, or crusting lesions. The variety of problems discussed included common equine skin diseases like sarcoids, insect hypersensitivity, hives, allergies, photosensitivit Read More

Shivers in the Horse: A Review

Shivers has been recognized by horse owners for more than a century and refers to a chronic nervous or neuromuscular condition that in a 1962 text was said to be "as common as dirt." This statement referred to the period when draft horse populations Read More

Muscle Disease: Immune-Mediated Myopathies

Valberg discussed muscle disease created by immune-mediated situations, describing three possible different manifestations. One type of muscle damage develops subsequent to an outbreak of Streptococcus equi (strangles).

If a horse Read More

Glycogen-Branching Enzyme Deficiency (AAEP 2006)

Glycogen-branching enzyme deficiency, a genetic mutation affecting a particular glycogen-storage enzyme, is traced back to Quarter Horse sire King or his sire, Zantanon. Up to 8% of Quarter Horses and Paint horses carry the GBED defect. Read More

Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center discussed PSSM at the AAEP Convention 2006. The disorder causes muscle pain, stiffness, and cramping, and some horses Read More

Diagnostic Approach To Equine Muscle Disorders

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, began the in-depth seminar on muscle disorders by discussing diagnosis of muscle disorders, beginning with a careful Read More

Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis: 14 Years Later

Sharon Spier, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, associate professor at the University of California, Davis, has pioneered much of the research on HYPP. She presented updated information gleaned over the past 14 years on this disease at the 2006 AAEP Read More

Incidence and Management of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, tackled the broad subject of skeletal muscle disease related to exercise at the 2006 AAEP Convention.

This has Read More

Slimming Down

Couple consistent exercise with controlled calorie intake to promote weight loss in overweight horses. Read More

Digestive Health: Food for Thought

Comparing equine digestive function with small animal function leads to misconceptions and mismanagement. Read More

Treating Stifle Injuries

A panel of three veterinarians addressed the topic of stifle treatment at the Western Performance Horse Forum. Read More

Vaccination Principles

Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, associate professor of equine medicine at Washington State University's vet school, spoke about equine vaccination principles and strategies at the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17. She Read More

Navicular Disease: MRI Provides New View

A large group of horses that developed clinical signs of navicular disease during the six months prior to exam were scanned with MRI. These horses demonstrated typical signs of bilateral forelimb lameness, sensitivity to hoof testers over the middle Read More

Diagnosing Stifle Disease

Diagnosis of stifle disease relies on a thorough history and clinical exam. Van Snow, DVM, from Santa Ynez, Calif., addressed stifle-related lameness at the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17. Read More

Finding and Managing Back Injuries and Pain

How do you locate the source of back pain in the horse? Once you find the source, how do you manage the pain? At the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17, a panel of three veterinarians discussed options for findin Read More

Diagnosis of Back and Sacroiliac Pain

Chris Ray, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Weatherford, Texas struck off the discussion about lameness and performance problems associated with back and sacral area pain at the Western Performance Horse Forum held in Nampa, Idaho, on Feb. 15-17. He Read More

Paperwork for When You're Not There

Horse paperwork--it's not what you're thinking. This is not about your horse standing in front of a schematic drawing making a checklist of plans on how to break into the grain room in the middle of the night. This is about those issues that requir Read More

Readers Vote: Top Hoof Issues


A poll of readers showed laminitis, navicular disease, and barefoot vs. shod were their top issues involving horse feet.

When horse owners wer Read More

Flying Horses

For humans, it seems a fairly simple process to take a plane trip, with the most complicated portion involving transportation to the airport or the wait in security lines. But what must transpire to get a horse aboard a jet and fly him thousands of Read More

Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused Read More

Damage From Within

Mycotoxins can form in plants within hours and they can reach maximum concentration within one to two weeks. Read More

Feeding to Prevent and Control Disease

Dietary management can work like magic for specific equine diseases. Read More

Impaction Colic: Blocking the Way

Impaction colic is caused by a blockage that forms due to feed material obstruction in the large colon. Large colon impactions make up as much as 8-10% of all colic, but the cause in a large majority of the cases is not known. Read More

Failure to Sweat

A horse in motion is a striking image: Vigorous, powerful, animated. In your mind's eye you can imagine his ears pricked forward, nostrils flared, limbs strumming the ground, streaks of sweat punctuating his rippling muscles. To create Read More

Retained Fetal Membranes

For a mare, the birth of her foal is an explosive process, in the best of circumstances requiring less than a half-hour from the time her water breaks to the time the foal has been delivered through the birth canal. In a wilder existence, a Read More