Recent News for Diagnosing Lameness

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Where Does It Hurt?

August 27, 2007

One of the most frustrating aspects of diagnosing and treating lameness in horses is that they can't tell you where it hurts. But a relatively new technology to the equine world is helping some veterinarians pinpoint lameness problems. Bruce... Read More

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Performing a Myelogram in 30 Minutes or Less

July 11, 2007

In the course of doing more than 80 myelograms per year during the past five years, Barrie Grant, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, has the procedure down to a science. Grant explained to veterinarians at the 2006 AAEP Convention how they can perform the... Read More

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Specialized Lameness Evaluation for the Jumping Horse

July 05, 2007

Horses performing different jobs require specialized examinations for lameness, according to Philippe Benoit, DVM, French jumping team veterinarian from 1991 to 2000. Benoit presented his method for examining jumping horses at the 2006 American... Read More

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Beyond the Surface: Imaging Referral Practices

July 01, 2007

He's been poked and prodded, trotted in straight lines and flexed, hoof-tested and blocked, and yet there's nothing standing out in these examinations or on his X rays that would explain your horse's intermittent lameness. There are no obvious... Read More

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Foot X Rays: A Crystal Ball?

June 17, 2007

When you look at a radiograph (X ray) of a horse's foot, do you visualize soft tissues, or do you only see bones? If there's one thing Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., consistently teaches,... Read More

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Hitch in the Giddy-Up

June 01, 2007

Question: I have a Trakehner/Thoroughbred cross that starts flexing his hind legs rather noticeably when trotting and/or beginning to canter. He usually does not do this unless he gets excited in the trot, is striking off in the canter, or is ... Read More

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Clunking Hocks

June 01, 2007

My two Miniature Horses have a clunking sound that comes from their hocks. What is this condition?... Read More

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Detecting Foal Rib Fractures With Ultrasonography

May 18, 2007

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has revealed that ultrasonography is more effective than radiography for detecting rib fractures in foals, and that the fracture rate is higher than previously reported.... Read More

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Learning to Read Radiographs (X Rays)

May 01, 2007

When you're talking about evaluating a horse's foot, a radiograph or X ray can tell you a whole lot more than just whether there's a fracture or not. When the radiograph is taken to show soft tissue detail as well as bone, it can provide tons of info... Read More

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Venograms for Laminitis: The Difference Between Success and Failure (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

May 01, 2007

Venograms have added to our knowledge of laminitis and other common foot problems, in large part because for the first time we can see the structural components of the vascular supply to the horse's foot.... Read More

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How to Use Digital Venograms to Evaluate Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"The venogram is the ticket to fixing all those laminitis cases you've been missing," Amy Rucker, DVM, said at the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium (held Jan. 25-28 in Louisville, Ky.). Rucker, a practitioner with Midwest Equine in Columbia, Mo., discus... Read More

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The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

May 01, 2007

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of... Read More

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Diagnostic Imaging for Lameness

May 01, 2007

There was a time when diagnosing lameness was basic-watch the horse travel, determine where you think the problem might be, and take a guess at what's causing it. Then came X rays, ultrasound, CT (computed tomography) scans, scintigraphy (bone... Read More

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Laminitis: Coming Out of the Dark (Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium)

April 27, 2007

There isn't yet a complete answer to how laminitis works and how to treat it, although researchers in several countries are working on it. D'Arpe characterizes the current state of laminitis knowledge by comparing it to the early stages of fracture... Read More

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Gait Analysis System Tests Underway at Va. Tech Equine Medical Center

April 25, 2007

"Previous gait analysis systems were based on computer images that were sometimes misleading," said Keoughan. "This system will enable us to optimize hoof balance and comfort leading to heightened performance and success."... Read More

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Putting Science Into Farriery: Lameness Evaluation

April 09, 2007

When a group of people are standing at the barn watching a "lame" horse move, many of you will say he's lame in different legs. How do you know who's right? If it makes you feel any better, picking out the source of lameness isn't always easy fo... Read More

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Gait Analysis for Horses

April 01, 2007

There has been a long journey over a relatively short span of time in the world of equine gait analysis. The first studies utilized high-speed cameras and a treadmill and took place at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences some 35 years... Read More

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Feet First: Farriery Topics from the 2006 AAEP Convention

April 01, 2007

The annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners, held in San Antonio, Texas, in early December 2006, had three sessions devoted to foot care that were open to farriers. Following are synopses of some of those presentations... Read More

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Function of the Palmar Foot

March 24, 2007

Several lameness problems can exist in the rear (palmar) half of a horse's foot; most bear the very general title of "heel pain." The real problem is that without very careful diagnosis, lameness in this general area might be attributed to the... Read More

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Navicular Disease: MRI Provides New View

March 16, 2007

A large group of horses that developed clinical signs of navicular disease during the six months prior to exam were scanned with MRI. These horses demonstrated typical signs of bilateral forelimb lameness, sensitivity to hoof testers over the middle... Read More

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Better Diagnosis of Bone and Soft Tissue Injuries Through MRI

February 08, 2007

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technique that has been used for human diagnosis since the 1980's but is a relatively new diagnostic tool in treating horses. It provides incredibly sharp and detailed pictures of soft... Read More

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Supporting Limb Laminitis: Learning How to Save Horses Such As Barbaro

February 03, 2007

Barbaro's death might lead one to think that despite the best veterinary care available, horses with severe leg injuries and/or laminitis are unrecoverable and should be immediately destroyed. But one equine veterinarian says that couldn't be further... Read More

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Mobile Veterinarians (Mobile Veterinary Equipment)

January 01, 2007

In the early days of the large animal veterinarian, all medical supplies had to either fit into the back of a small car or a satchel. A bucket of cold water, a rough piece of burlap, and a hard bar of soap were the only things available for washing... Read More

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Digital X Rays Simplify Repository Procedures at Keeneland Sales

December 06, 2006

Keeneland first to offer digital technology for reviewing pre-sale digital radiography exams involving thousands of horses

The Keeneland Thoroughbred breeding stock auction held November in Lexington, Ky., marked the first time... Read More

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How Far We've Come

December 01, 2006

I was flattered when I was asked to discuss how far we've come in equine reproduction. I found it interesting to go back and review the many changes that have occurred.

Stallions

The use of artificial insemination has increased ove... Read More