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

Rehabilitating After Injury With Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

Early mobilization during acute healing phases increases blood and lymph flow and increases tissue tension to stimulate tissue repair and improve tissue alignment. Early mobilization produced a 60% improvement in tendon Type 1 collagen deposition Read More

Catastrophic Ocular Surface Failure in the Horse (AAEP 2010)

The soft, expressive equine eye holds a great fascination for horse lovers. And although it's normally a resilient structure, it's not immune from injury. At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore Read More

Compounded Pergolide Comparisons (AAEP 2010)

Systemic effects of equine Cushing's disease, a common malady in older horses, have been controlled well in many horses with daily administration of pergolide. Until 2007 this medication was available for off-label use--the human product was Read More

Styrofoam's Effects on Forefoot Pressure and Load Distribution (AAEP 2010)

Laminitis is a critical cause of lameness in horses: Not only is the exact cause not known in all cases, but considerable controversy persists about how to treat and manage this disease. At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Read More

Risks Associated with Veterinary Compounding Pharmacy Choices (AAEP 2010)

More than 12,000 compounding pharmacies operate in the United States, and each year compounded product sales reach $300 million--25% of that is spent in the animal pharmaceutical industry alone. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has developed Read More

Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain in the Sport Horse (AAEP 2010)

"Back problems can be performance-limiting in the horse due to pain and reduced range of motion and flexibility," reported Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, as he presented on equine back pain at the 2010 American Association of Equine Read More

Researchers Examine Spinal Manipulation vs. Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

Equine back pain can often cause a horse to move with a stiff trunk, asymmetrical spinal motion, and lameness. Horse owners often turn to chiropractic care as a technique to improve their horses' performance and comfort. At the 2010 American Read More

Winter Farm Care Checklist

Experts share their time-tested steps for cold weather readiness around the barn. Read More

Ammonia: Out Of My Barn!

Ammonia buildup can affect a horse's respiratory health and performance, but it is preventable. Read More

Farm Safety Tips

How do you create the safest possible environment for your horses? First, remember you get what you pay for. When you equip your farm or pay board for your horse's living arrangements, investing in farm safety procedures can save a lot of expense Read More

Focus on Health: The External Horse

Maintaining a horse's hair coat takes a lot of energy, protein, and certain trace elements and minerals. Read More

Equine Antibiotics: What They Are, How They Work, and Resistance

Daily, humans wage chemical warfare against an overwhelming population--bacteria. The arsenal of our chemical warfare relies on a mighty weapon--antimicrobial drugs (AMD). Of these substances, antibiotics have been a formidable weapon Read More

Consequences of Stall Confinement

Confined horses tend to display undesirable behaviors and are more at risk of developing intestinal, respiratory, or musculoskeletal problems. When stalling your horse, consider effects this might have on general health and emotional state. Read More

Handling of Vaccines for Horses

It's spring: the time of year when we are in the throes of boostering horse immunizations, with the intent to maximize immunity before mosquito season and competition campaigns get into full swing. Many equine vaccines are credited with inferring Read More

Indistinct Gait Deficits: Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Causes

Strategies to identify specific problems in a horse with indistinct or unusual gait deficits, particularly if Read More

Electrotherapy Devices for Equine Veterinary Use

Electrotherapy technology, available since the 1960s, is useful to manage pain, improve range of motion, decrease edema (fluid swelling), improve motor control and strength, reverse muscle wasting, deliver blood flow, and serve as a vehicle for ionto Read More

Hyaluronic Acid and Steroids: Effects on Equine Cartilage Cells

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a major cause of wastage in the equine industry, especially considering that an estimated 81% of the 9.3 million horses in America are involved in equitation and performance. A mainstay treatment for OA is the use of Read More

Arthrodesis of the Hock Joint

Osteoarthritis of the distal (lower) hock joints is a common performance problem in sport horses. Read More

Equine Carpal Spavin Treatment

Carpal spavin is a degenerative form of osteoarthritis located at the junction of the medial splint bone (the inside part) and the second carpal (knee) joint. Not only does this result in crippling lameness, but quality of life issues often lea Read More

Current Joint Therapies in Equine Veterinary Practice

Seventy percent of vets surveyed use corticosteroids in their intra-articular therapeutic strategy, usually combined with another medications, such as hyaluronic acid (HA) or the antibiotic amikacin. For 22%, personal experience Read More

Treating Horses with Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells (AAEP 2009)

Stem cell therapy has been used for soft tissue injuries, including stifle meniscal lesions following surgical debridement, and for treating tendon injuries. Bone marrow-derived stem cells are reported to achieve improved bone and cartilage eff Read More

New Treatment for Equine Osteoarthritis Investigated (AAEP 2009)

Polyglycan, the novel formulation made up of hyaluronic acid, chondroitin sulfate, and N-acetyl-D-glucosamine (HACSAG), is labeled for intra-articular post-surgical lavage and replacement of synovial fluid. It is not currently marketed or approved as Read More

Evolution of Critical Care in Private Equine Practice (AAEP 2009)

Changes in equine critical care are in large part due to improved skills, training, and experience of practitioners that facilitate expeditious case assessment. In today's electronic world, this is coupled with networking opportunities Read More

Sepsis Treatment in Horses, AAEP 2009

Sepsis is a systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) in which the whole body is in an inflammatory state due to the presence of a known or suspect bacterial infection. The evolution and future of sepsis treatment in the horse was describe Read More

Changes in Equine Surgical and Postoperative Care, AAEP 2009

Just 20 years ago, overall equine survival of surgical colic hovered at 39-48% due to anesthetic complications and breakdown of surgical incisions. Recent overall survival rates range from 55-95%, dependent on timely intervention and clinician/ Read More