Recent News for Injuries & Lameness

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Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiable (ASU) Extracts Earn a Passing Grade for Equine Osteoarthritis

July 30, 2007

Avocado and soybean unsaponifiable (ASU) extracts--the fraction of oil that does not form soap after hydrolysis--are some of the newest joint products to grace the equine nutritional supplement shelves. The beneficial effects of ASU for horses... Read More

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A Look Inside: Veterinary Internists Meet in Seattle

July 23, 2007

Veterinary internists met June 6-9 in Seattle, Wash., for the 25th Forum of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) to discuss the latest research on the internal workings of horses and other animals.

Summarized below are... Read More

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Joint Disease and Lameness

July 23, 2007

More than half of all equine lameness is due to noninfectious joint disease and injury. It can happen from one bad step, but it's most likely due to cyclic (repeated) trauma.... Read More

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Diagnostic Approach To Equine Muscle Disorders

July 07, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, began the in-depth seminar on muscle disorders by discussing diagnosis of muscle disorders, beginning with a careful... Read More

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New NSAID: First COX-2 Inhibitor for Horses Approved by FDA

July 05, 2007

A new option in equine pain relief marks progress in the development of safer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses. Firocoxib (trade name Equioxx), manufactured by Merial, is the first equine NSAID specifically targeting the... Read More

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Protecting Equine Athletes from Osteoarthritis

June 28, 2007

Since most horses are used for recreational or performance activities, soundness is understandably of vital importance to horse owners. A 2003 study suggested that 60% of lameness problems in horses are related to osteoarthritis, thus stressing the... Read More

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NSAID Options: New Pain Reliever for Horses Released

June 22, 2007

Equioxx (firocoxib), a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) for use in horses, is now available from Merial. Equioxx is delivered as a paste (similar to paste dewormer) and i... Read More

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Magnesium Bone Cement Aids Fracture Repair

May 21, 2007

Biocompatible magnesium phosphate bone cement might be a better option for aiding fracture healing in horses than the calcium phosphate cement more commonly used today, according to a study performed by researchers at The Ohio State University.... Read More

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Detecting Foal Rib Fractures With Ultrasonography

May 18, 2007

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has revealed that ultrasonography is more effective than radiography for detecting rib fractures in foals, and that the fracture rate is higher than previously reported.... Read More

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Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

April 01, 2007

We keep them in our barns, give them to our animals, and take them ourselves. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are common, but they aren't benign. In this article we'll investigate what NSAIDs are and aren't, and what we should know... Read More

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Treating Stifle Injuries

March 22, 2007

A panel of three veterinarians addressed the topic of stifle treatment at the Western Performance Horse Forum.... Read More

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Windblown Debris Blamed for Montana Horse Death

March 15, 2007

A windblown plastic sheet is being blamed for the death of a horse in Helena, Mont., the Helena Independent Record reported.

The sheet... Read More

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Horse Breaks Into House in Louisiana Subdivision

March 03, 2007

A man was sound asleep in bed, his wife in the bathroom, when a horse came crashing through their home in Zachary, La. The 1,500-pound horse made tornado-like circles inside and left behind a huge mess.

The house is in Audubon Court, a... Read More

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Muscle Disorders (AAEP 2006)

March 01, 2007

Careful inspection of a horse's muscle mass and symmetry and hands-on palpation educates the examiner about the horse's muscle tone and comfort level. The examiner also evaluates the horse in motion and conducts a full lameness exam.... Read More

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Transfixation Pin Cast Recovery: Timelines Set

February 17, 2007

Researchers at Colorado State University (CSU) set time guidelines for the use of transfixation pin casts for horses with comminuted phalangeal fractures. They found that horses with fractures maintained in this type of cast for 40-80 days had increa... Read More

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Derby Winner Barbaro Euthanatized: "Difficult For Him to go on Without Pain"

January 29, 2007

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was euthanatized Monday (Jan. 29) after complications from his injury at the Preakness last May.

"We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain,... Read More

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Remembering Barbaro

January 29, 2007

On the morning of Jan. 29, Dean W. Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, head of surgery at The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine's New Bolton Center, made the somber announcement most everyone had been prepared to hear more than... Read More

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Locking Compression Plate Aids Fracture Repair

January 27, 2007

The locking compression plate, the first significant advance in equine implant devices for fracture repair in ten years, is now a regular part of the armamentarium at Rood & Riddle, a full-service equine hospital in Lexington, Ky.

"We... Read More

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Barbaro Undergoes Planned Procedure

January 13, 2007

As previously planned, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro was placed under general anesthesia this morning (Jan. 13), so surgeons could fully examine his left hind foot. "While his condition was unchanged over the last two days, we were unable t... Read More

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Exercise Study Reveals Anatomical Potential for Fetlock Injury

December 05, 2006

Previous studies have shown that bones develop to suit the purpose routinely required of them; therefore, would young horses in regular work from the time they are foals have stronger musculoskeletal tissues then those left to mature in pasture?... Read More

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NSAIDs and Pregnancy

December 01, 2006

Q: A mare I am planning to breed had shoulder surgery almost two years ago (part of her scapula was removed due to a fracture). Although she healed well, she recently slipped and reinjured the shoulder. She's on Bute twice a day... Read More

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Orthopedic Research at North Carolina State University

November 24, 2006

"We have all these new treatment options for lameness in the horse, but with no controlled studies to indicate whether their utilization is warranted or even effective," laments Rich Redding, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine... Read More

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Horse Dies in Movie Mishap Near Santa Fe

October 27, 2006

A horse was killed and its rider was seriously injured in an accident on a movie set west of Santa Fe, N.M.

A spokesman for the American Humane Association says producers were shooting a scene Monday in which riders came toward a... Read More

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Cape Town Jockey Suspended for Overriding Horse

October 06, 2006

South Africa's Independent Online reports that Christopher Puller has been suspended from riding for two months becaus... Read More

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Another Good Week for Barbaro

October 03, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had another good week, and continues to please veterinarians with his progress. "He is doing very, very well," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "His appetite and vital signs continue to be... Read More