Recent News for Lameness

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Michigan State Unveils Large-Animal Open-Bore MRI

September 19, 2009

Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine is now armed with what it says is the first large-animal, open-bore MRI ever at an academic institution, a move that will allow veterinarians to tackle research questions and... Read More

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Aseptic Platelet-Rich Plasma Preparation Essential in Equine Practice

September 15, 2009

Special laboratory equipment is not needed to produce bacteria-free platelet concentrates (commonly referred to as platelet-rich plasma), but stringent attention to proper aseptic technique is essential.

Equine veterinarians are using... Read More

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Investigating Platelet-Rich Plasma for Equine Tendon Injuries

September 09, 2009

A single injection of platelet-rich plasma appears beneficial for acute clinical tendon injuries in horses, report a group of scientists from The Netherlands.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is a fraction of whole blood that contains a... Read More

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AP Report: Racetrack Horse Deaths Down Slightly

September 08, 2009

The rush to improve safety since Eight Belles was euthanized at last year's Kentucky Derby did little to curb the number of horses dying at American racetracks in 2008, The Associated Press found in a national count.

Although many tracks... Read More

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Weaving Worries

September 01, 2009

I have a 12-year-old Tennessee Walker who weaves. I recently obtained him and noticed lameness in the right f... Read More

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Equine Osteoarthritis: The Economic Impact

September 01, 2009

Do you know what your horse's joints are worth?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful, debilitating joint disease with no known cure. It is characterized by heat, pain, swelling, crepitus (a crackling, crinkly, or grating... Read More

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Bone Chips in Joints

September 01, 2009

Discovering a bone chip in a joint does not have to mark the end of a horse's athletic career.... Read More

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Tendons Show Improved Healing with Glycosaminoglycan Polysulfate

August 29, 2009

Injecting glycosaminoglycan polysulfate directly into lesions of the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) significantly improves reorganization of the tendon's collagen bundles during the healing process, report Brazilian veterinary... Read More

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California Report: Racehorse Hind Limb Injuries Increased

August 28, 2009

A necropsy report presented to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Aug. 27 at Del Mar tends to support trainers who complain that synthetic tracks lead to more hind limb injuries.

In 2008, 19 Thoroughbreds from a total of 111 that died... Read More

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Paralyzed Foal Recovering after Surgery, Therapy

August 25, 2009

A once-paralyzed foal is now up and running about with the help of an equine "walker" following a groundbreaking surgery to remove a cyst from the spinal cord, according to the treating veterinarians in Belgium.

The Boulonnais draft horse... Read More

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Neurectomy Effects on Suspensory Ligament Discussed in Case Report

August 17, 2009

Neurectomy of the deep branch of the lateral plantar nerve resulted in a "profound" atrophy of the muscular portion of the proximal suspensory ligament reports researchers in the Equine Veterinary Journal.

The surgical procedure is... Read More

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Reduced Joint Inflammation Noted in Nutraceutical Study

August 16, 2009

A dietary nutraceutical composed of mussel, shark cartilage, abalone, and Biota orientalis lipid extract (trade name Epiitalis), reduced inflammatory responses similar to those experienced by a horse with arthritis, researchers reported in a ... Read More

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Saddle Pad Research Shows Variable Changes in Rider Pressure

August 12, 2009

Saddle pads might help reduce painful pressure on a horse's back caused by ill-fitting saddles, but the ideal pad will vary from horse to horse and from saddle to saddle, according to a new study by Austrian researchers.

Optimum pressure... Read More

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Horses' Sleep 'Stay Apparatus' Can Cause Limb to Lock

August 11, 2009

It might be nice to doze off while waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store, but unlike horses, humans cannot sleep standing up. Having evolved to flee in an instant, horses are equipped with a "stay apparatus" that allows them to remai... Read More

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New Equine Pain Scoring System Could Provide Quicker, More Effective Intervention

August 08, 2009

A new stall-side pain scoring system for horses could help veterinarians better determine the need for analgesics in lame horses, according to Kirsten Wegner, DVM, Dipl. ACVA (veterinary anesthesiology), an assistant professor of anesthesia at... Read More

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Equine Leg Wounds: Should You Bandage?

August 05, 2009

Managing wounds on the lower limbs of horses can be expensive, frustrating, and wrought with complications. ... Read More

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The Well-Equipped Vet

August 01, 2009

Vets can better diagnose problems in our horses because of the array of equipment they have in their arsenals.... Read More

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Horse Hock Health

August 01, 2009

The hock is one of the most complex and hardest-worked joints in the horse's body, so it must be strong and sturdy to avoid injury. Much of what we ask our horses to do, whether high-performance dressage, reining, jumping, or simply going up and... Read More

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Equine Sinus Surgery Aided by CT Scan

July 31, 2009

Paranasal sinus surgery is a challenging operation that can encounter complications, such as pneumocephalus, a condition in which air is trapped inside the brain. Veterinarians recently used a computed tomography (CT) scan to decide the best way... Read More

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Preventing Developmental Orthopedic Disease through Nutrition

July 29, 2009

Developmental orthopedic disease can rob a young horse of his future as a sound athlete. ... Read More

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Molly the Pony to Visit Ohio State Vet School

July 22, 2009

Molly the Pony, one of the world's only prosthesis-wearing ponies, will be visiting The Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine Aug. 6 from 4:30 to 8 p.m.

Visitors will have the chance to hear the presentation "It's All About Molly" at 5... Read More

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Lawsuit Claims Racehorse 'I Want Revenge' Injury Not Disclosed

July 16, 2009

IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, for which he was the morning-line... Read More

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Rider Pressure Affects Horse Tack Evaluation

July 11, 2009

The force a rider exerts on the horse's back will shift depending on his or her position and should be included in any evaluation of tack pressure, researchers recently reported.

"You need a force that is distributed over a certain area to... Read More

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Soft Tissue Injury Prompts Retirement of Pioneerof the Nile

July 10, 2009

Zayat Stables' Pioneerof the Nile, winner of four consecutive graded stakes and second in the Kentucky Derby, has been retired due to a soft tissue injury to his left front leg.

One of the top colts of his generation, the homebred son... Read More

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Firocoxib Dose for Navicular Pain and Osteoarthritis Established

July 08, 2009

When it comes to pain management in horses, the words "osteoarthritis" and "phenylbutazone" seem to work in tandem. But not all veterinarians are sold on the routine use of this drug in horses. Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More