Recent News for Bone & Joint Problems

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Equine TMJ Disease: Why So Rare? (AAEP 2010)

March 13, 2011

A resurgence of interest in the equine temporomandibular joint (TMJ) (which allows for opening and closing of a horse's mouth) has led to discussions on the relationship of TMJ disease to weight loss or behavioral changes in horses. ... Read More

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Ethyl Alcohol for Pastern Joint Fusion (AAEP 2010)

March 02, 2011

Any lameness can be tough for a veterinarian to treat and resolve, but pastern joint lameness caused by osteoarthritis can be especially problematic. In low-motion joints, sometimes the solution to lameness troubles is physiologic fusion (fixation of... Read More

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2010's Top Equine Lameness/Surgery Studies (AAEP 2010)

February 17, 2011

What would be your pick for the most groundbreaking news in equine lameness, surgery, or racing for 2010? Not sure? Read on to find out what Scott E. Palmer, VMD, Dipl. ABVP (Equine Practice), hospital director and a staff surgeon of the New Jersey ... Read More

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Providing Nutritional Support for the Equine Skeletal System

February 14, 2011

Nutritional supplements can support healthy joint, bone, and connective tissue function in horses. ... Read More

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Young Horse Development: Birth to Six Months

February 01, 2011

Learn about the factors contributing to a foal's healthy development as he grows into a young horse: Genetics, nutrition, social development, immunity, growth rates, weaning, hoof care, and more.... Read More

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Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain in the Sport Horse (AAEP 2010)

February 01, 2011

"Back problems can be performance-limiting in the horse due to pain and reduced range of motion and flexibility," reported Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, as he presented on equine back pain at the 2010 American Association of Equine ... Read More

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The Science Of Saddle Fit

February 01, 2011

A saddle can either encourage comfortable movement and clear communication between rider and horse, or it can result in discomfort and behavioral problems. Evaluating a saddle's fit requires an understanding of saddle construction... Read More

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Fatal Injuries on Midwestern Racetracks (AAEP 2010)

January 24, 2011

In the Midwest there are several racetracks--featuring both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing--that sometimes slide under the radar of the mainstream racing community. But like all other tracks around the nation, these venues see wins, losses, ... Read More

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Areas of Humerus Stress in Horses Differ with Track Surface (AAEP 2010)

January 21, 2011

How much impact does a racing surface have on the horse's body and which parts are stressed most during work? According to Abigail N. Dimock, DVM, MS, of the University of California, Davis, who in collaboration with Kurt Hoffman, DVM, and other ... Read More

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Researcher: Realistic Expectations Key to Managing Osteoarthritis

January 18, 2011

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an incurable joint condition that affects horses of all ages and is thought to have a hand in up to 60% of all lameness cases. According to Janny C. de Grauw, DVM, PhD, from the Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht ... Read More

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Equine Scapular Fractures: Incidence in Racehorses (AAEP 2010)

January 17, 2011

About 2% and 6% of all racetrack fatalities in Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, respectively, are the result of scapular fractures, according to Stuart A. Vallance, BVSc (Hons), who, with Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and a research team at ... Read More

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Researchers Examine Spinal Manipulation vs. Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

January 13, 2011

Equine back pain can often cause a horse to move with a stiff trunk, asymmetrical spinal motion, and lameness. Horse owners often turn to chiropractic care as a technique to improve their horses' performance and comfort. At the 2010 American ... Read More

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Bone Chips: Prevalence and Effect on Racing Career (AAEP 2010)

January 11, 2011

In the first study of its kind performed on 2-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses, Daniel T. Meagher, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Valley Equine Associates, in Ranson, W.Va., set out to determine the prevalence of radiographic lesions and their effect on ... Read More

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Bone Chips in the Knee and Racing Potential (AAEP 2010)

January 10, 2011

Before purchasing a yearling it's important to review his health records to ensure he is healthy and sound enough for a successful racing career. Jennifer L. Higgins, DVM, gave potential buyers insight into specific lesions that could ... Read More

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Stem Cells Improve Cartilage Repair for Arthritic Horses (AAEP 2010)

December 31, 2010

Osteoarthritis (sometimes called degenerative joint disease) is the most common cause of lameness in horses and currently there is no cure. However, researchers continue to improve available treatment methods. At the 2010 American Association ... Read More

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Equine Racing Fatalities: Does Track Surface Matter? (AAEP 2010)

December 30, 2010

The horse racing industry is continuously working to make the sport safer for all parties involved, and in 2008, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) mandated the use of synthetic track in an attempt to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries ... Read More

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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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Study: IRAP-II Joint Disease Treatment for Horses Beats IRAP-I (AAEP 2010)

December 28, 2010

To combat joint disease or osteoarthritis in horses, many veterinarians have used autologous conditioned serum (ACS), also called by the product name IRAP (for the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein it contains), since the first scientific ... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE: Feeding Foals and Young Horses Recording Now Available

December 27, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE on Feeding Foals and Young Horses, held on Dec. 15, is now available for listening on demand. Questions about developmental orthopedic disease in horses, grains, forages, supplements, breed differences, and more... Read More

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Tying-Up in Thoroughbreds: Narrowing the Genetic Search

December 24, 2010

Researchers suspect tying-up in horses is a heritable condition; however, they have yet to determine the gene--or genes--responsible. But a team of Japanese researchers recently moved the investigation forward with a groundbreaking study of affected ... Read More

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Treat Arthritis

December 21, 2010

Researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids have direct anti-inflammatory actions that might be useful for the treatment of osteoarthritis and lameness in horses. Inflammation is characterized by pain, swelling, heat, redness, and loss of use. ... 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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McIlwraith to Speak at Montana State University Equine Conference

December 11, 2010

One of the world's leading experts on equine osteoarthritis will be the featured speaker at Montana State University's (MSU) sixth equine conference, to be held March 5 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

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What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... 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