Recent News for Hoof Problems

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Nerve Block Technique Reduces Limb Pain in Horses

March 04, 2008

To find ways to better manage pain in horses, researchers have been studying a technique that involves inserting continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) catheters along nerves in the horse's front limb to relieve pain.... Read More

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Lameness Exams in Horses

March 01, 2008

Lameness problems in horses are an ever-growing concern for horse owners. With a rising demand for top performance, the challenge is for veterinarians to keep up with improved diagnostics and treatment modalities. Furthermore, many work-ups toda... Read More

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Navicular Treatments Studied by Washington State Vets

February 11, 2008

Navicular disease, or inflammation of the heel, is one of the most common causes of performance-limiting lameness in the front legs of many different types of horses. Although it is common and veterinarians have long recognized and treated it... Read More

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Cytokines, Inflammation, and Insulin Resistance: Dangerous Liaisons

January 31, 2008

Insulin resistance, the body's inability to control blood sugar levels with normal amounts of insulin, is known to be associated with equine obesity, altered reproductive function, and pasture-associated laminitis. In addition, insulin resistance... Read More

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Barbaro Legacy Strong a Year Later

January 27, 2008

The white wooden fence once tacked with homemade signs expressing prayers and appeals to "Grow, Hoof, Grow" are bare. Only students pass through the lobby that overflowed with floral arrangements, get-well cards, and baskets stuffed with carrots an... Read More

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Laminitis Conference an Important Step

December 24, 2007

A devastating disease made a household word by a famous horse, laminitis is an inflammatory and extremely painful condition affecting the soft tissues between the hoof and coffin bone (laminae). This condition, which eventually claimed the life... Read More

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Staving off Laminitis with a Buffer Solution

December 23, 2007

The principle behind using a buffer solution to stave off laminitis is based on acidity of the equine gut and its effects on enzyme activity. When a horse gets an overload of carbohydrate, the acidity in his gut increases dramatically due to ferment... Read More

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Readers Respond: Diagnosing Laminitis

December 14, 2007

Nearly 800 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What have you seen used to diagnose and evaluate laminitis at the onset and throughout the treatment period?"

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2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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Black Walnut Laminitis Cases Reported by Illinois Vet School

December 11, 2007

Although finding black walnut in shavings used for horse stalls is rare these days, if several horses in a large barn become lame simultaneously, black walnut laminitis should be considered.... Read More

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Richardson Describes the Fight to Save Barbaro to Vets at AAEP

December 02, 2007

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, opened the American Association Equine Practitioners Convention in Orlando, Fla., Saturday with an emotional, touching, and sometimes humorous talk about the more than eight month fight to save Barbaro's life... Read More

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Laminitis Pain Might Originate from Different Source

November 27, 2007

Scottish researchers have discovered that neuropathic pain--damage to the sensory neurons innervating the foot--might play an import role in the chronic pain experienced by laminitic horses.

This finding could explain why horses with... Read More

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Insulin Levels Might Help Measure Likelihood of Laminitis

November 26, 2007

Researchers have found that administering fructan carbohydrates or dexamethasone might be a useful method to identify ponies at risk of developing laminitis. Their report was recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary... Read More

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The Timeline of Laminitis

November 23, 2007

What happens within the foot of a laminitic horse? We know that the coffin bone can sink or rotate within the foot of a horse with severe laminitis, but that's fairly late in the game. Researchers are very interested in what happens earlier than... Read More

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Quantifying Lameness: Ground Matters

November 21, 2007

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, Paul René Van Weeren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ECFS, associate professor, Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, discussed evaluating ground... Read More

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Laminitis Conference Ramps Up the Fight Against Foot Problems in Horses

November 20, 2007

Many of the top minds in laminitis research gathered Nov. 2-4 in West Palm Beach, Fla., to disseminate their findings on this devastating disease and other problems. About 370 veterinarians, farriers, and horse owners attended the Fourth... Read More

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Helping Foot Pain: Blocking Tendon Sheath Might Aid Diagnosis

November 19, 2007

At the AAEP Blue-Ribbon Panel Research Meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., on Aug. 1, Michael Schramme, DVM, CertE, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, of North Carolina State University, discussed analgesia of the tendon sheath and its significance to digital flexor... Read More

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Couple Donates $1 Million to UPenn Laminitis Research Fund

November 15, 2007

The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine has announced a gift of $1 million from philanthropists Marianne and John K. Castle to support its laminitis research.

"We are enormously grateful for the Castles' generosity.... Read More

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Laminitis Studies Financed by Barbaro Fund to Commence

November 08, 2007

Two projects focusing on the equine disease laminitis will be launched soon utilizing funds raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in memory of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

The projects, at more than $100,000... Read More

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Focus on Lameness

November 01, 2007


See what veterinarians and owners learned during the AAEP's late summer meeting on lameness.

Want to know what veterinarians talk about when they get together? This year it was... Read More

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Navicular Horses Needed for Washington Vet School Study

October 11, 2007

Navicular disease or syndrome is one of the most common causes of performance-limiting lameness in the front legs of many different types of horses. Despite the frequency with which the disease occurs and how long it has been recognize... Read More

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Laminitis Research, Management Covered at Veterinary Seminar

October 02, 2007

A crowd of equine veterinarians and researchers filled a conference room to capacity to hear the latest on laminitis research and management, presented by Jim Belknap, DVM, MS, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of The Ohio State University (OSU), and Jorge Gomez... Read More

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Chronicling Laminitis: Horse Owner Records Steps Toward Recovery

September 20, 2007

For Jan Drinkwater of Sydney, Australia, nursing a horse through laminitis is all about taking things step by step. And also about sharing those steps with the international horse community.... Read More

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Nip a Bone Spur in the Bud?

September 01, 2007

Can bone spurs be surgically removed, as in osteochondritis dissecans cases? ... Read More

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Detecting Pain

September 01, 2007

Recent studies have shown that horses are far more stoic than we had imagined. On the scale of pain tolerance, they are much higher than people. For example, the thrashing colicky horse often needs surgery, and after surgery, pain is very difficult... Read More