Recent News for Older Horse Care

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Equine Endocrine Disorders Discussed at AAEP

January 02, 2010

The two major endocrine disorders affecting horses--equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction (PPID or equine Cushing's disease)--were hot topics at the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP... Read More

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Nonsurgical Joint Therapies

January 01, 2010

One veterinarian discusses the current knowledge and uses of nonsurgical joint problem treatment options including cortison injections, stem cells, interleukin receptor antagonist (IRAP), and platelet-rich plasma.... Read More

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Infected Joints' Bacteria Examined in New Study

December 23, 2009

While many veterinarians have long suspected that infected joints from which bacteria can be cultured result in a poorer outcome than horses from which no bacteria could be cultured, this hypothesis was recently substantiated by a group of Unit... Read More

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Cartilage Repair Tissue 'Substantially Different'

December 21, 2009

Repair tissue occupying full-thickness articular lesions is very different from normal articular cartilage.... Read More

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Winterizing Your Senior Equine

December 16, 2009

When preparing your senior equine for winter, small steps can go a long way to support health and comfort.... Read More

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Herbal Insulin Resistance Treatment Options Reviewed

December 10, 2009

Insulin resistance has profound consequences for affected horses, yet there are currently no licensed treatment options. Management of the condition is primarily aimed at modifying the affected horse's diet, maintaining a healthy body ... Read More

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Adequan Multi-Dose Now Available

December 03, 2009

This new vial will allow veterinarians to draw ten injections from one vial quickly with less handling compared to the traditional 5mL single-dose vial that is still available in a 7-dose package. The multi-dose package has a 24-month shelf life.... Read More

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Older Horse Elmer Bandit Ready for Winter

November 29, 2009

With four days of consecutive dressage lessons that ran from Nov. 20-23, Elmer Bandit, the 38-year-old National Competitive Trail mileage holder, observed Thanksgiving by resting at his Independence, Mo., boarding stable home.

How... Read More

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Equine Osteoarthritis Update and New Targeted Therapies

November 25, 2009

There are different causes of osteoarthritis, but generally they come down to either abnormal forces on normal cartilage or normal forces on damaged cartilage.

One of the world's leading clinicians and... Read More

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Foal Exercise Might Prevent Future Bone Injuries

October 25, 2009

Tailored exercise programs involving habitual low-intensity loading during early development could reduce the prevalence of osteochondral injury later in life, said a group of veterinary orthopedic researchers.

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Remember Seasonal Variation in Cushing's Testing

October 22, 2009

Keep season in mind when testing for Cushing's disease (pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or PPID).... Read More

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Insulin Resistance: Variation in Blood Test Levels

October 14, 2009

A blood sample is usually a key step in diagnosing a horse as insulin resistant. But a recent study showed that one sample might not give enough information for an accurate diagnosis, because the horse's blood sugar and insulin fluctuates daily. ... Read More

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Osteoarthritis: Turmeric Spice Might Provide Natural Remedy

October 13, 2009

Curcumin, an extract of the spice turmeric, is a natural product with potent anti-inflammatory properties that also exerts beneficial effects on cartilage metabolism. Scientists believe curcumin inhibits degradative enzymes such as... Read More

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Older Horses: Researcher Awarded Grant for Aging Study

October 13, 2009

Kristine Urschel, PhD, assistant professor in Animal and Food Sciences at the University of Kentucky, has been awarded a two-year $100,000 grant by the Morris Animal Foundation. Her study will be supervised by David Horohov, PhD, William Robert... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: El Otoño Trae Desafío Para el Diagnóstico y Manejo de la Enfermedad de Cushing

October 13, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an eye on... Read More

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TheHorse.com en Español: AAEP 2008 Causas de Laminitis

October 07, 2009

This is one of a series of articles translated as part of our partnership with A Caballo, an equine publication based in Mexico, and Jorge Murga, DVM. Keep an... Read More

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Joint Problems: Blood Tests Might Aid Early Screening

September 22, 2009

Research using biomarkers in horse's blood to predict whether he is at risk of developing bone/joint disorders... Read More

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Understanding Beet Pulp as an Equine Feed

September 07, 2009

Beet pulp has been a popular feed for horses for years without many people really knowing why. ... Read More

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Equine Osteoarthritis: The Economic Impact

September 01, 2009

Do you know what your horse's joints are worth?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a painful, debilitating joint disease with no known cure. It is characterized by heat, pain, swelling, crepitus (a crackling, crinkly, or grating... Read More

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Reduced Joint Inflammation Noted in Nutraceutical Study

August 16, 2009

A dietary nutraceutical composed of mussel, shark cartilage, abalone, and Biota orientalis lipid extract (trade name Epiitalis), reduced inflammatory responses similar to those experienced by a horse with arthritis, researchers reported in a ... Read More

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Horse Hock Health

August 01, 2009

The hock is one of the most complex and hardest-worked joints in the horse's body, so it must be strong and sturdy to avoid injury. Much of what we ask our horses to do, whether high-performance dressage, reining, jumping, or simply going up and... Read More

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Aged Horse Health Screenings Recommended, ACVIM 2009

July 24, 2009

Lameness, weight loss, colic, and equine Cushing's syndrome are the four top reasons for euthanizing an older horse, said Catherine McGowan, BVSc, PhD, RCVS, European specialist in equine internal medicine, who presented research by Thomas... Read More

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Firocoxib Dose for Navicular Pain and Osteoarthritis Established

July 08, 2009

When it comes to pain management in horses, the words "osteoarthritis" and "phenylbutazone" seem to work in tandem. But not all veterinarians are sold on the routine use of this drug in horses. Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More

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Metformin a Therapy in Progress for Equine Insulin Resistance

May 25, 2009

Oregon State Researchers suggest that a low bioavailability and a rapid rate of elimination of the drug metformin might explain the "varied reports of clinical success" for improving insulin sensitivity in horses.

Metformin is an oral... Read More

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Auburn Researchers Need More Horses for Cushing's Study

May 18, 2009

Researchers at Auburn University still need horses to participate in a study that will examine the use of chasteberry (vitex agnus castus) supplements in horses with Cushing's disease.

Chasteberry supplements are ofte... Read More