Recent News for Injuries & Lameness


More Evidence Supports Glucosamine for Joint Disease

September 25, 2008

Skeptics continue to doubt the effects of glucosamine and other oral joint health supplements, but mounting research seems to be proving, one step at a time, that there is more to these products than meets the eye.

Canadian researchers, led... Read More


Canadian Researchers Focus on Racehorse Safety

September 10, 2008

Since the loss of Barbaro and Eight Belles, NBC's Roundtable on the horseracing industry at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, and the congressional hearing in June 2008, researchers are highlighting their efforts to improve racehorse safety and Canadian... Read More


The Future of Racehorse Injury Prevention: A Commentary

September 04, 2008

I testified as part of the "Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse" Congressional hearing June 19. It was both disillusioning and enlightening.... Read More


Joint Injections and Cartilage Health: More Fuel for the Fire

September 03, 2008

The potential impact of intra-articular medications on the health of cartilage in joints has been debated for decades. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent finding that two common joint medications not only support cartilage cells, they also... Read More


Joint Injections: Pros and Cons

September 01, 2008

Joint injections can safely localize lameness or medicate a joint, but they might cause complications. ... Read More


U.S. Rider, Vet Unsure of Source of Olympic Drug Positive

August 28, 2008

Following a routine drug test on August 19 at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, Mythilus, a U.S. dressage horse, ridden by Courtney King-Dye, was found to have tested positive for Felbinac. Felbinac is considered a class A prohibited substance b... Read More


Olympic Medication Update: 'B' Samples Positive, U.S. Rider also Involved

August 27, 2008

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received confirmation that the four 'B' samples in the cases involving the presence of the banned substance capsaicin have all... Read More


Surgery on Swedish Olympic Event Horse a Success, Vets Say

August 14, 2008

Swedish event rider Magnus Gallerdal's 2008 Olympic mount, Keymaster, sustained a hairline fracture of the first phalanx (long pastern bone) of his right foreleg August 11, during the cross-country portion of the Olympic eventing competition in... Read More


Veterinary Updates from Hong Kong

August 12, 2008

Horses and riders initially appeared to have emerged unscathed from yesterday's eventing cross-country competition, but later it was learned that Keymaster, a Swedish team horse under Magnus Gallerdal, pulled up lame in his right foreleg.... Read More


Olympic Eventing: Additional Injuries Reported

August 12, 2008

Peter Flarup of Denmark and Silver Ray rocketed up from 45th place after dressage to 20th place after having a fantastic cruise around the track during yesterday's cross-country at Beas River, but there were concerns about a front leg later in... Read More


Sudan Injured, Out of Arlington Million

August 08, 2008

Gary Tanaka's Sudan, projected as the probable pace setter in the Arlington Million (gr. IT), was withdrawn from the race Aug. 8.

"He was fine when he galloped yesterday," trainer Bobby Frankel said. "But when we scanned him this morning... Read More


Adipose-Derived Stem Cells for Tendon Injuries: The Fat is Phat

August 01, 2008

Stem cell research has shown that adult stem cells can be safely and easily harvested from fat deposits in a horse and used to treat a variety of musculoskeletal diseases. These cells are capable of becoming bone, muscle, cartilage, or tendon cells. ... Read More


Racehorse Brass Hat Sidelined by Suspensory Injury

July 30, 2008

Brass Hat has an injury that will keep him from training for the next three months, which means he could not race before 2009, even if all goes well. The 7-year-old gelded son of Prized suffered a strained suspensory ligament in his left leg.... Read More


Synthetic Track Surfaces Discussed in New York

July 30, 2008

A cross-section of the racing industry addressed the New York Task Force on Retired Race Horses on the subject of synthetic surfaces at a one-day forum held July 29 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Sixteen... Read More


Emerging Equine Disease: Four Diseases/Syndromes to Watch

July 29, 2008

In 1968 the U.S. Surgeon General proclaimed that the war on infectious diseases had been won. Unfortunately, this statement was not true. Ongoing outbreaks of disease in humans and animals worldwide have established repeatedly that the war on... Read More


Understanding the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program

July 17, 2008

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USEF is responsible for enforcing the rules of 27 breeds and disciplines. Formerly this... Read More


Prevent Fractures in Horses: New Technology Could Help

July 07, 2008

Researchers at Purdue have designed wearable acoustic emission sensors, which could be used to monitor the formation of these microcracks in bones that can lead to hairline stress fractures unless detected in time. The technology might help prevent... Read More


Understanding and Preventing Catastrophic Injuries

July 01, 2008

Following the euthanasia of filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter mile after finishing second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to... Read More


Managing Navicular Pain

July 01, 2008

Q: My horse was diagnosed with navicular syndrome about five years ago. He was put on isoxsuprine and half a gram of Bute twice a day, and we changed his shoeing regimen. He has been sound since, and he remains sound, as long as... Read More


On the Mend: Chelokee's Prognosis Good

June 28, 2008

Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee's chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about the colt being released from Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More


Special Report: Catastrophic Injuries

June 17, 2008

Following the euthanasia of the filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter-mile after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to... Read More


Michigan State Opens Equine Back Pain Clinic

June 09, 2008

"Oh, my aching back!" It's a complaint heard worldwide and one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work. So, it's not hard to imagine what a horse with back pain might feel like. Unfortunately, very few veterinarians are... Read More


Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

June 07, 2008

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More


Eight Belles to be Interred at Kentucky Derby Museum

June 03, 2008

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby but suffered a catastrophic injury moments after the race, will be honored by Churchill Downs Inc. through a series of charitable contributions and initiatives, including the interment of her... Read More


Equine Therapy: Sound Choices

June 01, 2008

Many equine therapy devices are available, but which ones work? Keeping your horse in action or getting him sound and back into battle: twin goals of just about everyone who works with competition horses or who spends a chunk of time playing with the... Read More