Recent News for Lameness

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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

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French Derby Winner Le Havre Retired

July 05, 2009

Thoroughbred Le Havre, winner of the June 7 Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I, the French Derby) for owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury suffered during the classic race, according to the Racing... Read More

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Scoliosis in Adult Equines

July 01, 2009

I purchased my Thoroughbred gelding when he was 5 years old. Within the next two years we were doing really ... Read More

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Equine Splints: Causes and Cures

July 01, 2009

Your 2 1/2-year-old horse has been in training for a few months, but even though you're taking it slowly and steadily and not pushing too hard, he sometimes comes up lame during or after a workout. The lameness isn't always present and rarely occurs ... Read More

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Racehorse All Smiles Recovering After Serious Injury

June 27, 2009

Veterinarians at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. are cautiously optimistic that All Smiles, who broke down near the finish line of the June 20 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park, will make a full recovery, the mare's owner said Jun... Read More

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AAEP Issues 'Best Practices' for Purchase Exam Radiographs

June 17, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Public Auction Task Force has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the prepurchase... Read More

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Dunkirk Resting Comfortably after Surgery

June 12, 2009

Dunkirk, a brave second to Summer Bird in the June 6 Belmont, continues to recuperate nicely in his stall from surgery to insert a screw in a non-displaced condylar fracture in his left rear cannon bone.

The surgery was performed June ... Read More

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Belmont Contender Dunkirk to Undergo Fracture Repair

June 09, 2009

Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone and will undergo surgery June 9 at the brand new Ruffian Equine Medical Center... Read More

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Contracted Tendons and "Tippy-Toed" Foals

June 02, 2009

One of the most common deformities that equine veterinarians deal with in newborns is contracted digital flexor tendons. This might cause foals to walk on the toes of their front hooves instead of being flat footed.... Read More

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Rehabilitating Muscle

June 01, 2009

What would be the best avenue to take to prevent too much scar tissue from forming and limiting muscle use?... Read More

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Customize Bits and Bridles to Minimize Oral Ulcers

June 01, 2009

"Oral ulcers and abrasions on the lips, cheeks, and tongue of horses are very common and are primarily caused by trauma," Wattle said. "For example, nose bands pressing against the horse's cheeks and badly fitting bits are both thought to be common... Read More