Recent News for Limb Anatomy & Physiology


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Acquired Scoliosis in Equids, AAEP 2008

March 17, 2009

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, is most often attributed to congenital vertebral malformations, possibly associated with malposition of the fetus in the uterus. However, researchers have linked cases of acquired scoliosis presented at Cornell... Read More


Equine Bone Fragility Syndrome, AAEP 2008

March 13, 2009

Women aren't the only ones suffering from decreased bone density and bone mass loss--horses in Central California have experienced a systemic osteoporotic disorder. Equine bone fragility syndrome, a systemic osteoporotic (characterized by a decrease ... Read More


Corrective Hoof Trimming

February 16, 2009

The term "corrective shoeing" is often overused and misunderstood. It sometimes implies that the farrier can correct conformational faults of feet and legs. In reality, often very little can be done to change the way a horse is built. Trying to fix ... Read More


Funny Cide to Get First Real Rest at Horse Park

December 04, 2008

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a... Read More


Risk Factors for Spinal Cord Compression Found

November 28, 2008

A triad of factors, namely sex, breed, and age, are all associated with the development of cervical vertebral compressive myelopathy (CVCM) according to one of the latest studies published by researchers at the College of... Read More


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


Equine Bone Fragility Disorder Reported in California

June 28, 2008

Veterinary researchers at the University of California, Davis, are working to classify a newly observed bone fragility disorder that might prove to be the culprit behind some cases of intermittent chronic lameness that have no other explanation.... Read More


Michigan State Opens Equine Back Pain Clinic

June 09, 2008

"Oh, my aching back!" It's a complaint heard worldwide and one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. So, it's not hard to imagine what a horse with back pain might feel like. Unfortunately, very few veterinarians are... Read More


Neck Problems in Sport Horses

May 11, 2008

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More


Searching for the Source of Carpal Lameness

April 30, 2008

The equine carpal (knee) joint is a veritable puzzle of bones and sometimes a diagnostic enigma for veterinarians. Mike Ross, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center offered some insight to practitioners on working... Read More


Sacroiliac Injection Technique

April 15, 2008

The sacroiliac joint, which forms the articulation between the pelvis and the spine, is often considered a location of elusive pain in horses. However, its deep location and, thereby, limited accessibility make diagnosis (via nerve blocks) and ... Read More


Reducing Back Sensitivity

March 30, 2008

Back pain is often suspected in horses, but most treatments haven't been researched much or at all. Results of a study designed to measure the effects of massage, chiropractic, and phenylbutazone (Bute) on back sensitivity were presented at the 200... Read More


Diagnosing Coxofemoral Subluxation with Ultrasound

March 28, 2008

Subluxation (partial dislocation) of the coxofemoral joint between the femur and pelvis in horses is rare; only two cases have been reported in the literature. However, six cases were seen at the University of California, Davis, in a three-year... Read More