Recent News for Lameness

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Stem Cells for Tendon Repair

November 20, 2008

Findings from the RVC indicate that stem cell therapy for superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injury can significantly reduce the rate of re-injury over a three year period compared to conventionally treated horses.... Read More

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Exercise's Effects Vary by Tendon Type

November 18, 2008

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently embarked on an 18-month exercise study to determine why the equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is more prone to injury than the various other tendons located in the distal (lower) part of... Read More

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New Research Lab Expands Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center

November 08, 2008

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center's growing stature as a research enterprise has taken a significant step forward with the construction of a major new laboratory that is equipped to explore the molecular aspects of disease and trauma... Read More

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New System Available for Fracture Repair at Marion duPont Scott EMC

November 07, 2008

When a human fractures an arm or leg, the results are pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. When a horse fractures a limb, however, the consequences are more serious--possibly even life-threatening.

While the surgical specialists at Virginia... Read More

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University of Melbourne Vet Hospital Expands Equine Facility

October 31, 2008

A new track designed specifically for detecting lameness in horses and five refurbished boxes for treating foals have been opened at the University of Melbourne's Veterinary Clinic and Hospital based in Werribee, Australia.

Equine staff at... Read More

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10-Year-Old Racehorse Evening Attire to be Honored at Belmont

October 15, 2008

After 69 starts, $2,977,130 in purses won, and nearly 80 miles of dirt and turf, the finish line for Evening Attire finally arrived last month with the announcement of his... Read More

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Comparing Humans and Horses

October 08, 2008

Comparisons of humans to horses logically can start with the anatomy. We stand upright; horses stand prone on their four limbs. What we call our knees are the stifles of horses, and our heels or ankles are horses' hocks. Our foot is their cannon... Read More

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Breeding Equipment

October 01, 2008

Want your mare in Texas bred to a stallion in Germany? It’s easy with today's equipment and technology.... Read More

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Good as Gold? More Research Supports Glucosamine

September 30, 2008

Questions and concerns abound surrounding the use of oral joint health supplements for horses with osteoarthritis, and so researchers continue their quest to determine if and how glucosamine works to decrease pain and inflammation caused by... Read More

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Suspensory Injury Brings Retirement of Evening Attire

September 29, 2008

The old warrior Evening Attire, a stakes-winning Thoroughbred racehorse at age 10 and earner of nearly $3 million, has been retired due to a suspensory injury, co-owners and breeders Tommy Kelly and Joseph and Mary Grant announced Sept. 28.... Read More

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Bone Marrow Stem Cell Therapy Effective in Equine Tendon Study

September 29, 2008

While not nearly as controversial as research involving embryonic-derived stem cells in human medicine, the veterinary world is certainly divided on the clinical benefits, or lack thereof, of bone marrow-derived stem cell therapy for tendon... Read More

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More Evidence Supports Glucosamine for Joint Disease

September 25, 2008

Skeptics continue to doubt the effects of glucosamine and other oral joint health supplements, but mounting research seems to be proving, one step at a time, that there is more to these products than meets the eye.

Canadian researchers, led... Read More

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Canadian Researchers Focus on Racehorse Safety

September 10, 2008

Since the loss of Barbaro and Eight Belles, NBC's Roundtable on the horseracing industry at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, and the congressional hearing in June 2008, researchers are highlighting their efforts to improve racehorse safety and Canadian... Read More

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The Future of Racehorse Injury Prevention: A Commentary

September 04, 2008

I testified as part of the "Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse" Congressional hearing June 19. It was both disillusioning and enlightening.... Read More

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Joint Injections and Cartilage Health: More Fuel for the Fire

September 03, 2008

The potential impact of intra-articular medications on the health of cartilage in joints has been debated for decades. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent finding that two common joint medications not only support cartilage cells, they also... Read More

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Investigating Palmar Foot Pain

September 01, 2008

“We have two papers that will be published this year comparing horses without radiographic changes that were diagnosed by MRI with damage in the heel region,” says Sarah Sampson, DVM, of Washington State University.

“We looked at 72... Read More

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Cases that Mimic Navicular Disease

September 01, 2008

"With MRI we've found horses with coffin bone fractures that weren't visible on X rays, but were treated like navicular horses because they blocked to the heel," says Sarah Sampson, DVM, of Washington State University. "If these are managed like... Read More

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Hope for Navicular Horses

September 01, 2008

Know the injury to your horse's foot before calling it "navicular."

In earlier years, a diagnosis of navicular disease was often considered career-ending for a horse. Chronic lameness was typical, in spite of therapeutic... Read More

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Surgery on Swedish Olympic Event Horse a Success, Vets Say

August 14, 2008

Swedish event rider Magnus Gallerdal's 2008 Olympic mount, Keymaster, sustained a hairline fracture of the first phalanx (long pastern bone) of his right foreleg August 11, during the cross-country portion of the Olympic eventing competition in... Read More

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Veterinary Updates from Hong Kong

August 12, 2008

Horses and riders initially appeared to have emerged unscathed from yesterday's eventing cross-country competition, but later it was learned that Keymaster, a Swedish team horse under Magnus Gallerdal, pulled up lame in his right foreleg.... Read More

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Olympic Eventing: Additional Injuries Reported

August 12, 2008

Peter Flarup of Denmark and Silver Ray rocketed up from 45th place after dressage to 20th place after having a fantastic cruise around the track during yesterday's cross-country at Beas River, but there were concerns about a front leg later in... Read More

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Sudan Injured, Out of Arlington Million

August 08, 2008

Gary Tanaka's Sudan, projected as the probable pace setter in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), was withdrawn from the race Aug. 8.

"He was fine when he galloped yesterday," trainer Bobby Frankel said. "But when we scanned him this morning... Read More

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Adipose-Derived Stem Cells for Tendon Injuries: The Fat is Phat

August 01, 2008

Stem cell research has shown that adult stem cells can be safely and easily harvested from fat deposits in a horse and used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal diseases. These cells are capable of becoming bone, muscle, cartilage, or tendon cells. ... Read More

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Racehorse Brass Hat Sidelined by Suspensory Injury

July 30, 2008

Brass Hat has an injury that will keep him from training for the next three months, which means he could not race before 2009, even if all goes well. The 7-year-old gelded son of Prized suffered a strained suspensory ligament in his left leg.... Read More

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Synthetic Track Surfaces Discussed in New York

July 30, 2008

A cross-section of the racing industry addressed the New York Task Force on Retired Race Horses on the subject of synthetic surfaces at a one-day forum held July 29 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sixteen... Read More