Recent News for Bone & Joint Problems

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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

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Stringhalt in Horses

October 01, 2010

Stringhalt seems to make horses yank their legs up and halt them there momentarily before taking their next step. This is the outward sign of neurologic disease, sometimes caused by toxicity, sometimes of unknown origin.... Read More

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Saddle Tree Types and Pressure Distribution

September 08, 2010

Modern saddles provide new options for tree type, with the goal of sparing a horse pain from localized saddle pressure. But new Swiss research suggests that, at least when a horse trots, tree type makes little difference in pressure distribution alon... Read More

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Coronary Band Injuries in Horses

September 01, 2010

Horses are likely to sustain coronary band and hoof wall injuries at one time or another. These injuries can carry long-term performance and soundness consequences.... Read More

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The Disease of Obesity in Horses

September 01, 2010

Obesity can cause reproduction problems, bone and joint stress, insulin resistance, laminitis, and more.... Read More

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Osteoarthritis and Horses: Biomarker Research Gaining Ground

August 23, 2010

Diagnosing osteoarthritis (OA) in horses with a simple test using a single blood or synovial fluid sample is a great idea, but it has been difficult to accomplish as proven yet again in a recent study by veterinarians from the University... Read More

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Equine Arthritis Benefits from Intramuscular Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan

August 11, 2010

Horses with a chemically induced inflammation of the knee (carpitis) mimicking osteoarthritis (OA) benefit from the intramuscular administration of a polysulfated glycosaminoglycan product, reported a group of Argentinean researchers.... 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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Facts and Fallacies of Lyme Disease in Horses

August 01, 2010

Lyme disease (borreliosis) is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi that is spread to some mammals via the bite of specific hard-bodied ticks. Here we'll review the key advances that have been made over the past 10 years and... Read More

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'Activity Monitors' for Assessing Pain in Arthritic Horses Discussed

July 27, 2010

Activity monitors, which are small pedometerlike instruments, have been used in some scientific studies in horses, but they are still not widely used. Scientists have asked whether we're missing the boat or overestimating the applicability o... Read More

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MRI can Help Identify How Arthritis Progresses, Study Shows

June 11, 2010

MRI could be used to measure bone density and sclerosis (abnormal bone hardening). Subchondral bone scler... Read More

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Posture of Rider and Rider Linked, Study Shows

June 10, 2010

By comparing certain riding positions of amateur equestrians and the neck positions of their mounts to the kind of back pain those horses experienced while in the stall, the researchers concluded that how you ride makes a big difference in equine... Read More

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Collagen Shown More Effective for Arthritic Horses

May 26, 2010

Type II collagen might be more effective than glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for arthritic horses.... Read More

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Osteoarthritis: Not Just an Old Horse Disease

April 01, 2010

Studies show 60% of all equine lamenesses are related to osteoarthritis, and while it is incurable, there are treatments available and research is ongoing. More than 60% of equine lameness is attributable to OA.... Read More

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Beyond Osteoarthritis: 'Other' Causes of Joint Disease

April 01, 2010

Early diagnosis and proper treatment can make the difference in whether the horse can return to soundness.... Read More