Recent News for Limb Anatomy & Physiology

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Bone Spavin Researchers: Alcohol Joint Fusion Effective (AAEP 2010)

December 29, 2010

Bone spavin in horses, or osteoarthritis of the distal tarsal (lower hock) joints, is a "common cause of equine lameness, resulting in lost training days and limiting affected horses' careers," says James Carmalt, MA, VetMB, MVetSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ABVP... Read More

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Large and Small Animal Veterinarians Work Together to Save Foal

December 20, 2010

When a Quarter Horse colt born with a severely deformed right hind limb arrived at the University of Florida's Large Animal Hospital last May, equine veterinarians recognized that traditional methods used for straightening abnormal legs in foals... Read More

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Genetics of Swayback in Saddlebred Horses Examined

December 20, 2010

The gene responsible for causing the swaybacked appearance of many American Saddlebred horses might be playing an advanced game of "hide and go seek," but genetic researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center are one step ... Read More

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Sudden Conformation Change in an Aged Mare

December 01, 2010

Q: My 20-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare has been in extensive training and showing since she was four and has been awarded high honors in breeding quality status. However, over the past two years she has become increasingly over at the knee ... Read More

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Ringbone in Horses

November 01, 2010

Thanks to advancements in treatment, ringbone is no longer ­automatically career-ending.... Read More

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Horse Conformation Conundrums

October 01, 2010

A horse needs to be put together properly, but does he need to be put together perfectly?... Read More

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Once-Paralyzed Foal Now Walking Freely

August 03, 2010

Vitelle, the once-paralyzed filly, is finally walking, trotting, and cantering without a walker at the farm in Belgium she left more than a year ago. In June 2009, at 3 weeks old, the Boulonnais Draft horse foal developed sudden paralysis and urinary... Read More

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Vets Assess Back Pain, Vertebral Lesions in Trotting Horses

March 29, 2010

In a retrospective study of 118 French Trotters, a team of veterinarians found that horses with back pain had more severe and localized lesions identifiable on X ray than horses with no evidence of back pain, but even pain-free horses had lesio... Read More

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Improve Regional Limb Perfusion of Antibiotics in Horses

January 27, 2010

The equine lower limb can be a notoriously difficult part of the horse to treat with systemic antibiotics, mainly because the limited blood supply in this area makes it tough to deliver enough antibiotic to be effective. One option for getting ... Read More

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Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis in Horses Reviewed

January 09, 2010

Osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint (the lower joint space of the knee in a horse's front leg) is a debilitating and life-threatening condition. However, surgically fusing the joint appears to be a viable treatment option in affected ... Read More

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Rider Position, Horse Back Movement Evaluated

December 22, 2009

A rising trot is less loading to a horse's back than a sitting trot, producing less vertical force as measured through new biomechanical techniques, according to Dutch researchers. From the kinematic data of 13 riders on two horses, scientists were ... 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Study: Hylauronan Dressing Doesn't Aid Distal Limb Wound Healing

May 30, 2009

Results of a clinical study showed that distal limb wounds treated with a dressing containing esterified hyaluronic acid (hyaluronan) showed no improvement in healing as compared to untreated wounds.

To evaluate the effect of an... Read More

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Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

May 29, 2009

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. ... Read More

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Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

May 22, 2009

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More

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Foot and Limb Deformities in Foals

May 21, 2009

Hunt discussed several limb and hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. One of his bi... Read More

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Sacroiliac Joint Motion and Pelvic Deformation, AAEP 2008

March 29, 2009

An equine athlete uses the pelvis and sacroiliac (SI) joint in many different fashions: A rope horse uses the pelvis to rapidly accelerate and decelerate, a Standardbred races at high speed at a constrained gait, and a dressage horse... Read More

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Knee Arthritis Treatments Examined (AAEP 2008)

March 24, 2009

The objective of joint therapy is to decrease pain using an osteoarthritic drug that modifies clinical signs and to minimize further deterioration with a disease-modifying osteoarthritic drug.... Read More