Recent News for Lameness

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On the Forehand

March 01, 2006

The foreleg of the horse is, for the most part, a model of good engineering. It is structured in such a fashion that the horse can move slowly or at speed with the concussion of each footfall minimized by a sophisticated shock absorbing system.... Read More

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Musculoskeletal Disease Biomarkers

March 01, 2006

Colorado State University (CSU) researchers have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases.

Biomarkers are indicators of abnormal... Read More

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New Treatment for Osteoarthritis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 23, 2006

Horses treated with ACS were observed to have significantly improved lameness in osteoarthritis joints at the end of the study weeks after the last treatment compared with placebo-treated horses.... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: The Science of Lameness

February 17, 2006

Both horse owners and veterinarians spend a lot of time observing horses for lameness, but not all observers perceive lameness the same. Sometimes this is because of a less than clear understanding of equine biomechanics. Researchers such as... Read More

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Bone Scintigraphy (AAEP 2005)

February 17, 2006

Scintigraphy is an imaging modality that reveals "hot spots" of bone and muscle metabolism that can indicate remodeling due to stress, fractures, or other causes. Many practitioners use it as a screening tool to pinpoint the location of a bone... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Magnetic Resonance Imaging

February 17, 2006

"I am here to convince you that MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is in all your futures, so you are going to have to develop some familiarity with this," began Robert Schneider, DVM, MS, equine orthopedic surgeon at Washington State University,... Read More

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Laminitis (AAEP Convention 2005)

February 17, 2006

What causes laminitis? Is it the same as founder? Should I remove shoes from a horse with acute laminitis? Should I soak his feet? Does laminitis always have devastating consequences?... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Lameness in Racehorses

February 17, 2006

Inconsistencies in racetrack surfaces account for a large number of lamenesses in racehorses, said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the Lameness in Racehorses Forum held at the 51st Annual... Read More

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Imaging Foot Lamenesses

February 17, 2006

As the old saying goes, knowledge is power. Nuclear scintigraphy and MRI evaluation proved their worth yet again in this study by giving information about the exact nature and location of these horses' injuries, which helped practitioners select the... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Tendon injuries: New Treatments

February 17, 2006

Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon account for as much as 30% of all Thoroughbred racing injuries, and of those that do heal there is a high incidence of reoccurrence, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation of the Growing Thoroughbred

February 16, 2006

University of Wisconsin researchers have shown that certain forelimb characteristics in the growing foal are associated with higher birth weights, and a foal's carpal (knee) conformation is associated with the carpal conformation of both of its... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation and Race Performance

February 16, 2006

Straight conformation in the forelimb doesn't necessarily beget a more successful racehorse. This is what a research group from the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine discovered in a recent study. However, the group also... Read More

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Serum Biomarkers for Musculoskeletal Disease (AAEP 2005)

February 16, 2006

A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Three Years of Racing Deaths in Victoria, Australia

February 16, 2006

A comprehensive post-mortem survey in Victoria, Australia, found that euthanasia for catastrophic forelimb injury was the most common cause of Thoroughbred racehorse fatality. Additionally, Lisa Boden, AB, BVSc, MACVS, of The University of... Read More

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Synovial Joints and How They Work

February 01, 2006

First we'll look at how the horse's synovial joints are constructed, then we'll outline where they are located, the functions they serve, and some of the problems that can develop.... Read More

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Growing Problems

February 01, 2006

Horse breeders have long known that problems can develop in the bones of young horses as they grow. The term developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) was coined in 1986 to encompass all orthopedic problems seen in the growing foal and has become... Read More

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Hoof Trimming and Leg Stress: One Step at a Time

January 01, 2006

As a rule of thumb, we know that our horses should be trimmed (and shod if necessary) at least every six to eight weeks. But where did those numbers come from? Van Heel recently studied how a hoof changes between trims, and she found that neglecting ... Read More

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Progress in Predicting Joint Problems

December 22, 2005

Someday veterinarians might be able to take a horse's blood sample, analyze its makeup to predict his future bone and joint health, and simply prevent the problems that are likely to arise. In late 2005, 20 leading joint researchers that are likely ... Read More

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Cornell Veterinarian Honored as Outstanding Researcher

December 20, 2005

Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, assistant professor of large animal surgery at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine, received this year's "Pfizer Animal Health Award for Research Excellence," which recognizes outstanding... Read More

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Chronic Joint Diseases (Book Excerpt)

December 14, 2005

Horses with chronic musculoskeletal disorders may benefit from periodic administration of analgesic medications such as NSAIDs to help control pain when it is at its worst.... Read More

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Pelvic Fracture

December 01, 2005

Q: My 6-year-old mare suffered a pelvic fracture from a pasture accident five months ago. My veterinarian examined her and prescribed stall rest. What timeframe can I expect for starting light exercise and how can I tell if she... Read More

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Monitoring Pregnancy

December 01, 2005

Preparations for breeding and the act of getting a mare bred involve dedicated time and commitment by a horse owner. Then it seems as if all that needs to be done is to sit back and wait for the foaling date. But this is not quite so; it is... Read More

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Joint Injury Prevention in Foals

November 29, 2005

Developmental and traumatic joint injuries are a significant problem in Thoroughbred foals. These injuries, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and fetlock joint lesions, often require costly medical treatment or surgical repair.... Read More

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Helping Horses Worldwide

November 01, 2005

As a responsible horse owner, you make management decisions that affect the current well-being of your horse and his future vitality. You order low-dust bedding for your gelding with heaves. Your veterinarian arrives for her scheduled visit and... Read More

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Hock MRI Studies

November 01, 2005

A U.K. researcher examined how age, exercise, and riding discipline and level affect hock joints, and she hopes to make recommendations on how to take better care of equine athletes' hocks.

Orthopedic research technician Marion Branch,... Read More