Nancy S. Loving, DVM

Nancy S. Loving, DVM, owns Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colo., 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

Wobbler Syndrome in Thoroughbreds: Racing Prognosis Examined

In some cases, Thoroughbreds diagnosed and treated for wobbler syndrome using conservative therapy can recover Read More

Summer Horse Housing: Barn or Pasture with Shade?

Where is the best place for a horse during the hottest part of a summer day--in a barn with fans or outside? Read More

Beta-Agonist Drugs: Effect on Respiratory Function in Horses

Horses in intense exercise, such as racing or three-day eventing, need full lung capacity to perform to the to Read More

Shipping Fever: Prevention is Key

Transportation is a rish factor for the development of broncho or pleuropneumonia (commonly known as shipping Read More

Antibiotic Resistance in Horses: Is There a Problem?

Antimicrobial resistance is taking its toll on horses worldwide. Read More

Clostridium difficile: Advancements in Understanding

One of the most dangerous organisms that can sicken horses is the bacterium Clostridium difficile. Read More

Solid Tumors in Horses: Characteristics and Treatments

Skin and subcutaneous (under the skin) tumors in horses comprise 50-80% of all equine neoplasia (tumors). Read More

Advancements in Understanding Airway Diseases

Researchers have made strides in understanding airway diseases and what helps (or does not help) control them. Read More

Once-Over Grooming

Grooming gives you visual and tactile information about your horse's health. Read More

What's New With Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis?

Researchers have made great strides in their understanding of EPM and improvements in diagnostic and treatment Read More

Recumbent Horses: Factors Associated With Survival

Finding a horse recumbent (unable to rise after lying down) is a nightmare no horse owner wants to experience. Read More

Cholangiohepatitis in Horses

Early Kentucky Derby favorite Uncle Mo was recently diagnosed with cholangiohepatits, a rare condition in Read More

Assessing Abdominal Abscesses (AAEP 2010)

A variety of equine conditions can present with clinical signs that include colic pain, fever, decreased appetite, and weight loss. Similar signs occur with abdominal abscesses, making them challenging to diagnose. At the 2010 American Association of Read More

Cryotherapy Methods for Laminitis Treatment Compared (AAEP 2010)

Recent surveys of equine veterinarians reveal that laminitis is the No. 1 lameness concern of equine practitioners, due how difficult it is to treat and manage this debilitating condition. On the topic of laminitis control, Heidi Reesink, VMD, a Read More

Enostosislike Lesions in Horses (AAEP 2010)

When new bone forms within long bones, enostosislike lesions (ELLs) can develop--an uncommon but concerning problem. Simply put, ELLs are bony growths within the cavity of the bone. At present, the exact cause of this phenomenon is unknown but Read More

How to Manage a Quarter Crack in Equine Hooves

Lameness caused by quarter cracks is a nemesis of horses and owners, and treatment is often complex. Read More

Battling Dehydration in Horses with Hypertonic Saline (AAEP 2010)

When horses have hemorrhaged or have experienced fluid losses from dehydration, they can end up in a dangerous state of low blood volume, called hypovolemia. Veterinarians use hypertonic saline to restore blood pressure while administering additional Read More

Equine TMJ Disease: Why So Rare? (AAEP 2010)

A resurgence of interest in the equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (which allows for opening and closing of a horse's mouth) has led to discussions on the relationship of TMJ disease to weight loss or behavioral changes in horses. Read More

Antimicrobial-Associated Diarrhea in Equine Referral Practices (AAEP 2010)

Veterinarians commonly treat many equine infections with antimicrobial drugs to achieve resolution. However, in some cases, the antimicrobials themselves induce gastrointestinal disturbances with subsequent diarrhea. "This unfortunate side effect of Read More

Pigeon Fever as a Lameness Cause (AAEP 2010)

The soil-borne bacterium Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis can infect horses and cause a condition commonly known as pigeon fever, in which the infected horses often have pectoral swelling, resembling a pigeon's breast. Other clinical signs include Read More

Economic Impact of Osteoarthritis and Joint Health Supplements (AAEP 2010)

Osteoarthritis is expensive to manage, with estimated annual costs as high as $10,000-15,000 per horse to diagnose, treat, and medicate, explained Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, director of the Orthopedic Research Center at Colo Read More

'Embryonic' Stem Cells and Tendonitis Repair (AAEP 2010)

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs, cells derived from embryos or generated using genetic means) have improved growth potential and are pluripotent, meaning they can form any tissue type to produce optimal healing. Unlike stem cells derived from an adult Read More

Penetrating Injuries in Horse Hooves

When it comes to penetrating hoof injuries, early, aggressive treatment is key to a favorable outcome. Read More

Ethyl Alcohol for Pastern Joint Fusion (AAEP 2010)

Any lameness can be tough for a veterinarian to treat and resolve, but pastern joint lameness caused by osteoarthritis can be especially problematic. In low-motion joints, sometimes the solution to lameness troubles is physiologic fusion (fixation of Read More

Hyaluronic Acid-Based Biomaterial to Enhance Leg Wound Healing (AAEP 2010)

Managing equine wounds--particularly on the legs-- is often costly both in time and resources. Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. AVCS, spoke on the use of a hyaluronic acid-based biomaterial (CMHA) in several application methods to facilitate wound Read More