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

Feeding Horses During Colic Recovery

What's the best way to feed a horse when his GI tract isn't yet quite right after colic or colic surgery? Read More

Feeding Horses with Endocrine Disorders

Nicholas Frank, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of large animal clinical sciences at the University of Tennessee, spoke about equine endocrine disorders that are the most manageable by dietary control. There are two main endocrine Read More

EPM Diagnosis

Could EPM be causing your horse's performance to be just a little off? Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) continues to be an elusive disease to prevent, diagnose, and treat in horses. In this special collection of three articles Read More

EPM Treatment

To understand the best approach to treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), it is helpful to have a brief look at how the protozoa (single-celled parasites) that cause EPM--Sarcocystis neurona--enter the central nervous system. Read More

EPM Prevention

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse Read More

Examining the Equine Eye

The best equine test for vision is the "dazzle reflex," a sensitive test for retinal function. An observer watches to see if the horse squints in response to shining a bright light into the injured eye. Read More

Annual Wellness Exam

Wellness care can result in a healthier life for the horse at a more manageable cost for the owner. Read More

Hernias Explained

Bulges in the body wall could mean internal organs are out of place.

A hernia is any rent or tear in the body wall that allows internal organs to push through into undesirable places. Any age or breed of horse can Read More

Boots and Bandages: To Support and Protect

Boots and bandages help protect horses' legs and provide support but aren't substitutes for good conditioning. Read More

Risk Factors for Catastrophic Fractures

At the American Association of Equine Practitioner's Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Ellen Singer, DVM, DVSc, Dipl. ACVS and ECVS, MRCVS (epidemiology), of the University of Liverpool, discussed identifying risk factors Read More

Aching Equine Knees: Carpal Lesions in the Non-Racehorse

Sue Dyson, VetMB, PhD, FRCVS, head of clinical orthopedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, discussed a variety of lesions in the carpal region (knee) of the non-racehorse at the AAEP Focus seminar in Ft. Collins, Colo., on July Read More

More Recent Advances in Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries and Arthritis

In nonsurgical joints that are at least partially responsive to HA and steroids, IRAP treatment elicits less lameness and less synovitis up to 40 days following treatment. Read More

Quantifying Lameness: Ground Matters

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, Paul René Van Weeren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECFS, associate professor, Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, discussed evaluating ground Read More

Helping Foot Pain: Blocking Tendon Sheath Might Aid Diagnosis

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, Michael Schramme, DVM, CertE, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, of North Carolina State University, discussed analgesia of the tendon sheath and its significance to digital flexor Read More

Proximal Suspensory Ligament Disease of the Forelimb

At the AAEP Focus meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Sue Dyson, VetMB, PhD, FRCVS, head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, spoke on proximal suspensory ligament disease (PSD).

She said PSD is common in Read More

Surgical Treatments of Carpus Problems

At the AAEP Focus meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair and Director of Orthopaedic Research at Colorado State University, presented surgical options to manag Read More

Recent Advances: Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries and Arthritis

McIlwraith discussed intervention that targets management of capsulitis (joint capsule inflammation) and synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane lining the joint), since these tend to occur in advance of degenerative joint disease. Read More

Current Trends and Approaches in Lameness Diagnosis

Diagnostic techniques are often subjective and based on practitioners' experience, and Bathe speculated whether gait analysis could become more objective in its application to lameness. Read More

Strangles Management and Prevention


New strategies for management and prevention.

It is not uncommon for strangles infections to recur on a farm, and until recent years there have been misconceptions about how this Read More

Diagnosis and Treatment of Stifle Lameness

The stifle is a frequent source of lameness in English and Western performance horses, although it's not as common a cause as the hock. Stifle problems arise from chronic, repetitive trauma, or as a result of a pre-existing condition. Read More

Diagnosis and Treatment of Hock Lameness

Inflammation of the lower rows of hock joints is referred to as distal tarsitis, and it is associated with a variety of clinical signs. According to Black, an affected horse might demonstrate a "stiff" gait, especially noticeable when offloaded from Read More

Gait Analysis During Lameness Rehabilitation

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, 2007, Hilary Clayton, BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, Mary Anne McPhail Dressage Chair in Equine Sports Medicine at Michigan State University, presented her findings on Read More

Infection Protection: It's Not Just About Vaccinations Anymore

At the AAEP's Healthy Horse Workshop in Ft. Collins, Colo., on July 28, Josie Traub-Dargatz, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, of Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, shared her thoughts on control of infectious Read More

Colic: Updates and Prevention

At the Healthy Horse Workshop held in Ft. Collins, Colo., on July 28, Nancy Loving, DVM, who owns Loving Equine Clinic in Boulder, Colo., addressed the audience of horse owners on the subject of colic. Her emphasis was on the importance of Read More

Strangles: Control and Containment Strategies

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has formulated practical recommendations and biosecurity measures for disease control. These specific protocols provide guidance for containment and cleanup. Work with your veterinarian to Read More