Recent News for Older Horse Care

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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

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Vaccinating Older Horses

May 01, 2010

Should older horses still be vaccinated for equine influenza or other ailments?... Read More

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Feeding the Immune System: Nutrient Support for Horses

May 01, 2010

Both humans and horses must consume nutrients to support all body systems, including the immune system. But how do we know which nutrients support the immune system?... Read More

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Vaccinations: Readers Share Who Administers Vaccinations

April 20, 2010

More than 1,150 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Who administers vaccinations to your horse?" ... Read More

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Older Horses Doing Poorly Could Have Diabetes

April 19, 2010

Type 2 diabetes mellitus should be considered an important differential diagnosis in mature or elderly horses.... Read More

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Osteoarthritis: Not Just an Old Horse Disease

April 01, 2010

Studies show 60% of all equine lamenesses are related to osteoarthritis, and while it is incurable, there are treatments available and research is ongoing. More than 60% of equine lameness is attributable to OA.... Read More

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Beyond Osteoarthritis: 'Other' Causes of Joint Disease

April 01, 2010

Early diagnosis and proper treatment can make the difference in whether the horse can return to soundness.... Read More

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Joint Injury and Arthritis in Horses: Searching for Solutions

April 01, 2010

Researchers have developed diagnostic, preventive, and treatment options for equine musculoskeletal problems.... Read More

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Horses Needed for Equine Metabolic Syndrome Research Project

March 22, 2010

Equine metabolic syndrome is a devastating disease characterized by the three main features of obesity, insulin resistance, and laminitis. Certain breeds or individual horses are predisposed to EMS, and are often referred to as "easy keepers." These... 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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Equine Cushing's in an Old Mare

March 01, 2010

I have an older Arabian mare (with great bloodlines) who gave birth to a healthy colt at age 15 before returni... Read More

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Cushing's Disease or Equine Metabolic Syndrome?

March 01, 2010

Navigating through the volumes of information on equine Cushing's disease and equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) can be time-consuming, frustrating, and extremely confusing for horse owners. The two diseases are somewhat similar, but treatments differ.... Read More

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Advances in Equine Medicine Discussed at AAEP

February 27, 2010

What was the hottest news in equine veterinary medicine in 2009? During the popular Kester News Hour session at the annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention, three top veterinarians (who focus on equine reproduction... Read More