Recent News for Older Horse Care

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Researcher: Realistic Expectations Key to Managing Osteoarthritis

January 18, 2011

Osteoarthritis (OA) is an incurable joint condition that affects horses of all ages and is thought to have a hand in up to 60% of all lameness cases. According to Janny C. de Grauw, DVM, PhD, from the Department of Equine Sciences at Utrecht ... Read More

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Rutgers Equine Science Center Announces Aging Horse Care Seminar

January 12, 2011

The care and management of aging horses is the overarching theme of the upcoming horse management seminar hosted by the Rutgers Equine Science Center and Rutgers Cooperative Extension. The seminar, scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 13 at ... Read More

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Chronic Weight Loss

January 01, 2011

Chronic weight loss in the horse presents a diagnostic challenge that requires careful attention to detail. ... Read More

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The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

January 01, 2011

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis.... Read More

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Stem Cells Improve Cartilage Repair for Arthritic Horses (AAEP 2010)

December 31, 2010

Osteoarthritis (sometimes called degenerative joint disease) is the most common cause of lameness in horses and currently there is no cure. However, researchers continue to improve available treatment methods. At the 2010 American Association ... Read More

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Bone Spavin Researchers: Alcohol Joint Fusion Effective (AAEP 2010)

December 29, 2010

Bone spavin in horses, or osteoarthritis of the distal tarsal (lower hock) joints, is a "common cause of equine lameness, resulting in lost training days and limiting affected horses' careers," says James Carmalt, MA, VetMB, MVetSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ABVP... Read More

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Study: IRAP-II Joint Disease Treatment for Horses Beats IRAP-I (AAEP 2010)

December 28, 2010

To combat joint disease or osteoarthritis in horses, many veterinarians have used autologous conditioned serum (ACS), also called by the product name IRAP (for the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist protein it contains), since the first scientific ... Read More

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CH Gypsy Supreme Euthanized at Kentucky Horse Park

December 28, 2010

Nine-time World's Champion CH Gypsy Supreme, a 23-year-old American Saddlebred show horse who had lived in the Kentucky Horse Park's Hall of Champions since 2001, was humanely euthanized on the morning of Dec. 22 after a long battle with laminitis ... Read More

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids to Treat Arthritis

December 21, 2010

Researchers have found that omega-3 fatty acids have direct anti-inflammatory actions that might be useful for the treatment of osteoarthritis and lameness in horses. Inflammation is characterized by pain, swelling, heat, redness, and loss of use. ... Read More

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Pergolide Remains Treatment of Choice for PPID

December 14, 2010

Pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID), often called equine Cushing's disease, has been treated with the drug pergolide for years. The main reason pergolide was initially the treatment of choice was largely based on the drug's effectiveness in ... Read More

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McIlwraith to Speak at Montana State University Equine Conference

December 11, 2010

One of the world's leading experts on equine osteoarthritis will be the featured speaker at Montana State University's (MSU) sixth equine conference, to be held March 5 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

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Sudden Conformation Change in an Aged Mare

December 01, 2010

Q: My 20-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare has been in extensive training and showing since she was four and has been awarded high honors in breeding quality status. However, over the past two years she has become increasingly over at the knee ... Read More

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Preventing Laminitis in At-Risk Horses

November 15, 2010

Even though veterinarians and farriers are making progress in developing laminitis treatment techniques and researching the causes of laminitis, prevention is still the No. 1 defense against a disease that plagues all too many horses. During the... Read More

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Ringbone in Horses

November 01, 2010

Thanks to advancements in treatment, ringbone is no longer ­automatically career-ending.... Read More

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Understand PPID to Help Treat Endocrinopathic Laminitis

October 11, 2010

Advances in diagnosis and treatment of equine Cushing's can help better prevent and/or treat laminitis.... Read More

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Cushing's: Pasture Management, Seasonal Awareness Key

September 01, 2010

How owners manage pastures and seasonal consumption of grass carbohydrates can significantly affect horses with Cushing's disease, according to researchers from the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine. And, while th... Read More

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Osteoarthritis and Horses: Biomarker Research Gaining Ground

August 23, 2010

Diagnosing osteoarthritis (OA) in horses with a simple test using a single blood or synovial fluid sample is a great idea, but it has been difficult to accomplish as proven yet again in a recent study by veterinarians from the University... Read More

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Equine Arthritis Benefits from Intramuscular Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan

August 11, 2010

Horses with a chemically induced inflammation of the knee (carpitis) mimicking osteoarthritis (OA) benefit from the intramuscular administration of a polysulfated glycosaminoglycan product, reported a group of Argentinean researchers.... Read More

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'Activity Monitors' for Assessing Pain in Arthritic Horses Discussed

July 27, 2010

Activity monitors, which are small pedometerlike instruments, have been used in some scientific studies in horses, but they are still not widely used. Scientists have asked whether we're missing the boat or overestimating the applicability o... Read More

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High Doses of Vitamin E Benefit Older Horses

July 14, 2010

Very high doses of vitamin E appear to benefit older horses' immune systems.... Read More

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Potential Biomarker for Equine Cushing's Identified

July 07, 2010

Lead a veterinarian to a horse with equine Cushing's disease and he or she will likely try to diagnose the horse by measuring blood levels of adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) in a single sample at a single point in time. Lead researchers... Read More

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Analyzing Feed and Forage for Horses

July 01, 2010

Awareness of what your horse is eating can help you determine if his dietary needs are being met and, if not, what can be added to meet those needs. With respect to the nutritional needs of a horse, it is important to know the meaning... Read More

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MRI can Help Identify How Arthritis Progresses, Study Shows

June 11, 2010

MRI could be used to measure bone density and sclerosis (abnormal bone hardening). Subchondral bone scler... Read More

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U.S. FDA and NIH Launch Safety Reporting Portal

June 07, 2010

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the Safety Reporting Portal (SRP) website -- www.safetyreporting.hhs.gov -- allowing increased accessibility to submit reports concerning FDA-r... 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