Recent News for Injuries

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Horse Kick Victim Develops Rare Disease

October 02, 2010

A 79-year-old man who managed an animal sanctuary in England was trampled by his horses. He suffered cuts and bruises but otherwise seemed relatively unscathed. A week later, however, he was taken to the hospital because he was confused, feve... Read More

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WEG: Veterinary Update on Eventing Horses after Cross Country

October 02, 2010

In addition to the injury suffered by Italian eventing horse Iman du Golfe today during the Cross-Country phase of the Eventing World Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, two more horses ... Read More

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Stem Cell Harvesting Methods Considered

October 01, 2010

There currently is much hype and hope pertaining to stem cell therapy in equine medicine, but not all methods of collecting stem cells are created equal, warn researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal, Canada.... 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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WEG: A Few Health Incidents at the Start

September 26, 2010

Full recoveries expected, says a World Equestrian Games veterinarian. A. Kent Allen, DVM, the chief veterinary-services coordinator for WEG, gave away one of the horse-health-related... Read More

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Embryonic Stem Cells for Tendon Injuries in Horses Examined

September 23, 2010

Stem cell therapy for tendon injuries is used increasingly in clinical practice, yet a number of important hurdles persist that made one group of researchers look at using embryonic stem cells rather than bone marrow-derived stem cells in horses.... Read More

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Leading Sprinter Majesticperfection Injured

September 06, 2010

Leading Thoroughbred sprinter Majesticperfection suffered a condylar fracture in his right foreleg during a workout Sept. 6, according to Daily Racing Form. The Form said the injury to the 4-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday, trained by Stev... Read More

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Waiting for the Veterinarian

September 01, 2010

Tips on how to help your sick or injured horse until the veterinarian arrives. ... Read More

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New Kentucky Equine Networking Association Kicks Off Sept. 16

August 21, 2010

The Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA), open to both equine professionals and horse owners, will launch at a dinner and educational meeting on Sept. 16 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Ky. The new group, focused on the Ken... Read More

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Tendon Injuries Could Be Explained By New Research Results

June 30, 2010

Two novel discoveries about how different types of tendons age and "refresh" themselves made by researchers from University College London in the United Kingdom help explain why aging horses are atrisk for tendon injury. ... Read More

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Horse Racing Injury Data Shows Familiarity Across All Surfaces

June 28, 2010

An initial analysis of equine injury data released earlier this year shows no statistically significant difference in the risk of fatalities in Thoroughbreds on different racing surfaces, officials said June 28 during the third Welfare and Safety of ... Read More

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Lame Horses Use Muscles Differently, Study Shows

June 24, 2010

When people sprain an ankle, they tend to put all their weight on the other foot to compensate. Horses respond similarly to lameness, using sound muscles to compensate for the injury, according to a new study. This means that lameness affects ... Read More

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Thoroughbred I Want Revenge Recovering Well from Ligament Injury

June 17, 2010

When I Want Revenge came into the Aqueduct barn of Rick Dutrow Jr., in April, the trainer was hopeful but not overly optimistic the colt would be anything like he was before the injury that cost him about a year of training and nearly ended his... Read More

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Horse Recovers From Debilitating Lameness With Three-Pronged Strategy

June 11, 2010

Lame and in great discomfort, an 18-year-old Thoroughbred gelding came to Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center barely able to walk. The horse's problem stemmed from a breakdown of both of his hind limb suspensory ligaments... Read More

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Retraining Racehorses

June 01, 2010

Racing is a physically demanding sport, and even with the best intentions many racehorses end up with an injury that forces them into retirement from the track. Many horses, with proper treatment and time, can be rehabilitated... 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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Derby Hopeful Endorsement Out with Leg Fracture

April 28, 2010

WinStar Farm's Endorsement has a non-displaced right front condylar fracture and will not be entered for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

According to Dr. Bo Landry, who radiographed Endorsement following his work, ar... Read More

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Bone Marrow-Derived Stem Cells Aid Bone Healing

April 25, 2010

Bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (BMDMSCs) can be genetically modified in culture and subsequently used in live horses to enhance healing of bone defects, according to Colorado State University (CSU) researchers.

"BMDM... Read More

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Thoroughbred Tiz Chrome Breaks Down in Work; Euthanized

April 18, 2010

Tiz Chrome, a 3-year-old Bob Baffert-trained colt, broke down during a workout at Churchill Downs April 18 and had to be euthanized. Exercise rider Dana Barnes was aboard the son of Tiznow. She was not injured in the mishap.

Ac... Read More

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Bone Chip Sidelines Kentucky Derby Contender

April 12, 2010

Odysseus, who finished last under Rajiv Maragh as the 5-1 co-third choice in the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, has a bone chip in his left front knee according to owner Satish Sanan.

"It's a bit unusual, it's rare t... Read More

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Morphine Controls Pain Within Joints, Researchers Report

April 02, 2010

Morphine is a useful part of pain management protocols for horses that have undergone arthroscopic surgery.... Read More

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Fracture Types and Treatments

April 01, 2010

Of all the emergencies requiring veterinary intervention, a fracture requires some of the most intensive medical attention--from first aid, to repair, and, finally, to rehabilitation and recovery. ... Read More

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Biceps Tendon Surgery Restores Soundness

March 15, 2010

A biceps brachii tenotomy involves the complete removal of the section of the horse's biceps tendon.... Read More

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The Horse's Fetlock Joint: Injury, Disease, and Repair

March 05, 2010

The normal functions of bones, cartilage, soft tissues, and fluids within the fetlock joint--and joint disease... Read More

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Indistinct Gait Deficits: Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Causes

March 01, 2010

Strategies to identify specific problems in a horse with indistinct or unusual gait deficits, particularly if... Read More