Recent News for Injuries


FEI World Singles Driving Championships Drivers Announced

September 01, 2000

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has announced the three team members and six drivers who will compete at the FEI 2000 World Singles Horse Championship at the USET Olympic Training Center in Gladstone, New Jersey October... Read More


Tendon Injuries: Treatments and Prevention

September 01, 2000

Tendon injuries quickly can end a performance horse's career. There are no definitive statistics concerning how many horses in the world suffer from tendon injuries of some sort, but the number is considerable. The most common injury is the one... Read More


Equine Physical Therapy

July 01, 2000

How does Physical Therapy relate to horses and to veterinary medicine? According to Haussler, the veterinary community can learn a lot from physical therapists about taking a proactive approach to equine rehab.... Read More


Blood Tests Might Provide Early Indicators Of Catastrophic Injury

May 01, 2000

Bone fractures, joint injury and other musculoskeletal trauma are major problems in the equine industry. In response, a grant of $59,700 will help two Colorado State University equine researchers continue their studies into diagnosing, monitorin... Read More


Coffin Bone Fractures

March 01, 2000

My horse has been diagnosed with a fractured coffin bone. What could have caused it, and what is the prognosis?

Fractures of the coffin bone or distal phalanx usually occur in the horse following some type of trauma, often from... Read More


Bapten Discontinued By PR Pharmaceuticals

December 01, 1999

The equine tendon medication Bapten has been discontinued by its manufacturer, PR Pharmaceuticals, because of a lack of demand for the product. The expense and length of treatment involved with Bapten therapy kept the drug from becoming popular... Read More


Foal Limbs And Feet Deformities

June 01, 1999

Flexural or angular deformities can be very shocking and even disturbing in severe cases, but appropriate veterinary care offers great hope for these foals.... Read More


Tendon Drug Is Back On The Market

March 12, 1999

According to the manufacturer of Bapten, a drug used for the treatment of tendinitis of the superficial digital flexor tendon in the horse, the drug is again on the market. There was a “stop-sale” on Bapten in Oct. 1998 due t... Read More


Deep Digital Flexor Tenotomy As a Treatment for Chronic Laminitis

March 01, 1999

Deep digital flexor tenotomy is a surgical alternative that transects the deep digital flexor tendon in the mid-cannon bone region. This major tendon runs down the back of the horse's leg and attaches to the back of the coffin bone. ... Read More


Tendon Drug Bapten Removed From Market

December 11, 1998

Bapten, a medication that has shown promise in the treatment of bowed tendons, has been taken off the market because of reports of a troubling side effect. A prepared statement from Boehringer Ingelheim, the pharmaceutical... Read More


Therapeutic Ultrasound

November 01, 1998

The use of ultrasonic sound for diagnosis and treatment in human and equine medicine is not new, and in fact is becoming commonplace. Most horse breeders, for example, are familiar with the use of diagnostic ultrasound to detect and monitor... Read More


Capped Hock Injury

July 01, 1998

I have a three-year-old Thoroughbred filly who was shipped from Texas. When she arrived, she had a swelling on her hock that was called a capped hock. What exactly is a capped hock and how should I deal with it? Will it affect her ability to race ... Read More


Tendon Repair Drug Approved

June 26, 1998

The FDA has approved the first and only medication designed to improve the quality of repair to injured or "bowed" tendons. Bapten (beta-aminopropionitrile fumarate), manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, is labeled for use in treating... Read More


Using Heat Therapy

June 01, 1998

Pain is due to muscle spasm, reduced circulation, and nerve pressure caused by connective tissue changes. Heat can address all of these causes and stimulate the repair process.... Read More


Equine Back Problems

May 01, 1998

Equine back problems are common, particularly in performance horses. The conditions involved can be primary or can result from lameness, ill-fitting tack, or even inadequate schooling. It is noteworthy that the most common reaso... Read More


Countess Diana Has Knee Chip Removed

December 19, 1997

Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) victress Countess Diana recently underwent successful surgery to have a bone chip removed from her left knee. The leading contender for an Eclipse Award as champion 2-year-old filly, Countess Diana will hav... Read More


Will Foxhunting Be Banned In England?

December 01, 1997

England's House of Commons voted 411-151 to ban hunting of foxes and other wildlife. Prime Minister Tony Blair said he supports the ban, but said time has not been provided for the bill on the parliamentary agenda for it to clear all obstacles... Read More


Tendon Injuries Part 3: Suspensory Desmitis

September 01, 1997

Although the suspensory is considered a ligament, it is appropriate to discuss this structure in our tendon series since technically it is a vestigial ("existing as a rudimentary structure") tendon. To review the anatomy, the suspensory... Read More


When the Bone Breaks

September 01, 1997

They shoot horses, don't they? We all know about the rather depressing traditional "cure" for a horse with a broken leg. But there's good news--they "shoot" them a lot less often these days. The reason is that remarkable advances in equine... Read More


Equine Tendon Lacerations: Part 2

August 01, 1997

Electric fence wire, barbed wire, sheet metal...What do these things have in common? They
all have caused catastrophic tendon injuries in horses. The structure and function of tendons, as well as flexor tendon desmitis, were reviewed in the... Read More



July 01, 1997

Tendinitis is a troublesome disorder for many owners and trainers of highly competitive horses. In fact, some horsemen feel injury to the tendons and ligaments threatens an equine athlete's career more than fractures. The "bowed... Read More


Proximal Sesamoid Bones

April 01, 1997

This information will help you as a breeder, owner, or trainer understand better the area of the sesamoids, how they can be injured, and how they can be treated.... Read More


Flexural Deformities

March 01, 1997

It is a sad sight when it happens. The newly born foal struggles to its feet and stands there wobbling on forelimbs and/or hindlimbs that can't seem to bear the weight. There might be a knuckling over at the pastern with the foal literally... Read More


Pelvic Fractures

January 01, 1997

Q: My horse was sound when he was turned out one night, and the next morning he was lame in the hind end. It took quite a few diagnostics by my veterinarian before it was determined that he had suffered a slight pelvic fracture. How common is this...... Read More


Beta-Aminoproprionitrile Fumarate (BAPN)

September 01, 1996

In April of 1993, Ohio's 1992 Champion Sprinter Onion Roll suffered a catastrophic bowed tendon. The injury was so painful for the horse that Onion Roll's owners, Ed and Wendy Cash, were brokenheartedly considering euthanasia. About that time,... Read More