Recent News for Injuries
July 10, 2009
Zayat Stables' Pioneerof the Nile, winner of four consecutive graded stakes and second in the Kentucky Derby, has been retired due to a soft tissue injury to his left front leg.
One of the top colts of his generation, the homebred son... Read More
July 05, 2009
Thoroughbred Le Havre, winner of the June 7 Prix du Jockey-Club (Fr-I, the French Derby) for owner Gerard Augustin-Normand, has been retired from racing because of a tendon injury suffered during the classic race, according to the Racing... Read More
June 27, 2009
Veterinarians at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. are cautiously optimistic that All Smiles, who broke down near the finish line of the June 20 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park, will make a full recovery, the mare's owner said Jun... Read More
June 12, 2009
Dunkirk, a brave second to Summer Bird in the June 6 Belmont, continues to recuperate nicely in his stall from surgery to insert a screw in a non-displaced condylar fracture in his left rear cannon bone.
The surgery was performed June ... Read More
June 09, 2009
Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone and will undergo surgery June 9 at the brand new Ruffian Equine Medical Center... Read More
June 02, 2009
One of the most common deformities that equine veterinarians deal with in newborns is contracted digital flexor tendons. This might cause foals to walk on the toes of their front hooves instead of being flat footed.... Read More
June 01, 2009
"Oral ulcers and abrasions on the lips, cheeks, and tongue of horses are very common and are primarily caused by trauma," Wattle said. "For example, nose bands pressing against the horse's cheeks and badly fitting bits are both thought to be common... Read More
May 29, 2009
Vinery Stables' and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who was made the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after three consecutive graded stakes wins this spring, has been sidelined for a couple of months due to... Read More
May 28, 2009
Advances in screw and plate technology are leading to improved clinical and aesthetic results in the treatment of even the most complicated jaw fractures, according to Swiss researchers.
By using the new locking compression plate (LCP)... Read More
May 19, 2009
Focused on providing the latest in stem cell therapies for horses, the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has opened its new Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at the William R. Pritchard Veterinary Medical Teaching... Read More
May 08, 2009
Arthroscopic surgery has become a common treatment for horses suffering lameness issues caused by bone chips in the knee. The standard rehabilitation program after that surgery involves a lot of rest.... Read More
May 06, 2009
The injury that kept I Want Revenge out of the May 2 Kentucky Derby will keep him from racing for months and threaten his career if he doesn't respond well to therapy, the horse's veterinarian said May 5.
Foster Northrop, DVM, said swelling... Read More
May 02, 2009
Stormalory, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred colt, was euthanized after breaking down during the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 1.
Stormalory, trained by Bill Mott and owned by... Read More
April 27, 2009
Many horses sport leg protection while working or during turnout. Some horse owners also use "support" boots, which are designed to lessen the strain on their horses' lower-limb tendons and ligaments. But David Marlin, BSc (Hons.), PhD, says some boo... Read More
April 25, 2009
Horses faced with career-ending tendon injuries might possess the power to heal themselves.
According to Alan J. Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and colleagues from Cornell University, veterinarians might be able to effectively treat horses... Read More
April 18, 2009
VetCell Bioscience's pioneering stem cell technique, which is used to return injured horses to top levels of performance, will be tested in human medicine. The trials will be conducted by VetCell's parent company MedCell Bioscience Ltd under the... Read More
April 13, 2009
Shock wave therapy is widely used to treat proximal suspensory desmitis by inducing the release of cytokines.... Read More
April 06, 2009
The morning after the scratch of pre-race favorite The Pamplemousse from the Santa Anita Derby due to a tendon flare-up, co-owner Alex Solis II said the promising colt is off the Kentucky Derby trail.
Later, Solis said The Pamplemousse woul... Read More
April 05, 2009
Nearly 20% of fatal musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred atheletes are due to complete humeral (forearm bone) fractures, which often occur early in training or following an prolonged layup.... Read More
March 30, 2009
Supporting (also called contralateral) limb laminitis strikes a previously healthy hoof when it bears excessive weight for long periods because the other front or hind foot is extremely painful (such as from a fracture, surgery, severe infection, etc... Read More
March 26, 2009
Using a rope system to assist horses as they recover from anesthesia postoperatively, is a "valuable and safe way of controlling recovery," reported Hans Wilderjans DVM, Dipl. ECVS, from the Equine Hospital De Bosdreef in Belgium, during the 10t... Read More
March 16, 2009
Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More
March 15, 2009
Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it.... Read More
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
March 01, 2009
Windpuffs are soft, fluid-filled swellings toward the back of the fetlock joint, resulting from inflamed deep digital flexor tendon sheaths. Most commonly, these puffy enlargements are symptomless blemishes--old and cold, the result of years of hard ... Read More