Recent News for Injuries & Lameness

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Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More

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High-Tech Fetlock Joint Fragment Removal

April 08, 2008

VIDEO | Joint chips plague many high-performance horses--up to 29% of Standardbred yearlings and 2% of Thoroughbred yearlings. Often the chips must be removed,... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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Doxycycline Antibiotic Might Help Treat Arthritis

April 01, 2008

Osteoarthritis is the most common human joint disorder in the world, and in the equine industry it's the most economically important disease. It's the primary cause of decreased athletic function and wastage in racehorses.... Read More

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Surpass vs. Bute for Arthritis

March 31, 2008

Does Surpass really work to improve joint health, or is it just another way of delivering a painkiller? CSU researchers set out to answer that question.... Read More

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Glucosamine and Joint Health: Pharmacologic Research Ongoing

March 26, 2008

Canadian researchers recently compared the pharmacologic properties of two different forms of glucosamine--hydrochloride and sulphate. They measured significantly higher levels of glucosamine in synovial fluid samples from horses receiving the oral... Read More

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Myristol's Effects on Clinical Joint Disease

March 25, 2008

For the study, 39 horses in Missouri and Florida (on a broodmare farm, a Thoroughbred retirement center, and in two university equestrian programs) were selected for naturally occurring osteoarthritis that caused Grade 2-4 lameness on a scale of 0-4.... Read More

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Event Horse Euthanized after Accident

March 24, 2008

Task Force, a 16-year-old Australian Thoroughbred who represented the United States in several international competitions, was euthanized Saturday after sustaining a catastrophic hind leg injury. According to a statement released by the United... Read More

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Belmont-Winning Filly Rags to Riches Retired

March 24, 2008

Edited press release

It was announced March 24 that 2007 Belmont Stakes winner and 2007 champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches has been retired from racing and will head to Ashford Stud where she will be bred to champion sire... Read More

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Lessons from Barbaro

March 23, 2008

Barbaro first captured America's imagination, then its heart. "People thought a superstar was on the horizon" after Barbaro's easy win in the Kentucky Derby, said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the veterinary surgeon who headed the team that... Read More

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Intravenous Lidocaine for Controlling Pain and Inflammation

March 23, 2008

Intravenous (IV) lidocaine is one systemic way to manage pain and inflammation, and it also has been used to improve intestinal motility in colic cases. Its use has been a fairly hot topic of late, so Margaret Mudge, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC,... Read More

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The State of Stem Cell Therapy

March 22, 2008

Stem cell therapy has received a good deal of attention in both human and veterinary medicine in recent years. It holds theoretical promise for treating conditions ranging from traumatic tendon and cartilage injury to liver failure, Parkinson's... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Hopeful Sidelined by Ankle Fracture

March 21, 2008

Sierra Sunset, a three-length winner of the $300,000 Rebel March 15 at Oaklawn Park, has a hairline fracture of his left front ankle and is out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jeff Bonde reported.

"It's not bad enough to... Read More

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'Healthy Discussion' at Racehorse Safety Summit

March 20, 2008

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded March 18 with the 62 participants releasing action plans on how to improve various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry.

Some of the recommendations could prove difficult to... Read More

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First Aid for Limb Fractures in Horses

March 20, 2008

When a horse's leg is fractured, the primary treatment goal is to stabilize the fracture site so the broken bone ends don't further separate and do more damage. The outcomes of these cases often have a great deal to do with how well the broken... Read More

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Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

March 19, 2008

Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of... Read More

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Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Concludes

March 18, 2008

Participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on March 17 and 18 drafted action plans in seven areas to improve conditions in a multitude of... Read More

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Tool to Detect Osteoarthritis in Athletic Horses Developed

March 16, 2008

Italian researchers have devised a novel technique for evaluating osteoarthritis in performance horses via measurement of metabolic products in synovial fluid. They do this by using a specialized imaging technique for liquids known as proto... Read More

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Reviewing Limb Cellulitis: Management Key to Good Outcome

March 13, 2008

According to a new Canadian study, cellulitis--a diffuse bacterial infection of the skin and associated tissues--is common in horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, but is rarely life threatening if managed appropriately.

"Despite being a... Read More

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Pain Medications for Horses

March 11, 2008

Managing pain in horses is important for a lot of reasons: There are humane benefits in addition to medical ones, such as maintenance of weight, shorter hospital stays, and lower total patient bills. At the 2007 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Shoulder Blade Stress Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

March 10, 2008

Although it's not a common injury, fracture of the scapula or shoulder blade does occur in horses and causes notable lameness. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., Stuart Vallance, BVS... Read More

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Nerve Block Technique Reduces Limb Pain in Horses

March 04, 2008

To find ways to better manage pain in horses, researchers have been studying a technique that involves inserting continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) catheters along nerves in the horse's front limb to relieve pain.... Read More

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Scientists Examine New Joint Disease Evaluation Method

February 22, 2008

Danish researchers have been investigating a novel technique for evaluating joint disease. This involves the serial evaluation of cartilage-derived retinoic acid protein (CD-RAP) levels in individual horses as a measure of cartilage synthesis... Read More

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Researchers Examine Annular Ligament Injuries

February 10, 2008

In a retrospective study, researchers from the United Kingdom found that injuries to the palmar or plantar annular ligament (PAL)--the anatomic structure that holds that superficial and deep digital flexor tendons in place as they pass the fetlock... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More