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

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

Strength and Flexibility


There are a variety of ways to help your horse be stronger and less stiff.

For an avid horse person, little takes the breath away like watching an athletic Read More

Antibiotics


Most owners forget that antibiotics are drugs, and, if misused, they can cause short- and long-term problems for horses and, potentially, humans. Read More

Helping Horses with Heaves

Heaves is the equine equivalent to human asthma, with owner management as the key to preventing future episodes.

If a horse can't breathe, he can't work. Unimpeded respiration is needed to supply working muscles with oxyge Read More

EVA (Equine Viral Arteritis) Update

Over the past year there has been considerable fear in the breeding industry --especially the Quarter Horse industry--about the spread of equine viral arteritis (EVA). Although the disease has been around for a long time, confirmed outbreaks of EVA Read More

What's 'Sweet' in Sweet Feed?

Maintain perspective on additional sweetening compounds added to concentrated feeds and pellets. Read More

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