Recent News for Injuries & Lameness


Horses with Septic Arthritis Can Be Monitored Via Synovial Fluid Analysis

September 15, 2007

Synovial fluid analysis, including evaluation of white blood cell counts and matrix metalloproteinases -2 and -9 (which degrade articular cartilage), can be employed to monitor effect of treatment and predict survival in horses with septic... Read More


Millionaire Pacer Sharky Spur Recovering From Training Injury

September 09, 2007

The Standardbred racing industry was rocked when one of their superstars, millionaire pacer Sharky Spur, suffered a career-ending injury when a training accident June 6 left the long pastern bone of his right front leg shattered.

With an... Read More


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


ACell Therapy for Injuries; Powder Form Again Available

August 17, 2007

Tissue-engineered products such as extracellular matrix (a graft material that can be implanted at the site of damaged tissue) are being used by a growing number of equine veterinarians to stimulate swifter and better healing for tendon and... Read More


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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