Recent News for Injuries & Lameness

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Bursitis and Synovitis

December 01, 2003

A swelling on the limb that might or might not be accompanied by lameness could be the first sign of bursitis or synovitis. These are similar, moderately common inflammatory conditions of the structures that produce synovial (joint) fluid.... Read More

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Suspensory Ligament Injuries: Mending With Marrow

December 01, 2003

"Our hypotheses were that horses with suspensory ligament desmitis, treated with bone marrow components from their own body, would hopefully return to soundness more rapidly than horses with conventional treatments, and have a lower rate of recurrenc... Read More

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Arkansas Horses Recovering from Brutal Beatings

November 05, 2003

Nearly three months after they were selected from among several other horses and viciously beaten, two Arkansas Quarter Horses, three-year-old buckskin filly Quarter Horse Puddin' and five-year-old sorrel mare Fat Girl, are alive but remain... Read More

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Effects of Cold Therapies

October 20, 2003

Horse owners everywhere cold-hose or ice their horses' legs to help reduce inflammation, but there hasn't been much agreement among researchers on its effects, or the success of various methods of cooling.... Read More

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A Pain in the Hock

October 01, 2003

The hock is a complex joint of the rear limb situated between the stifle and the ankle that consists of six bones and four joints. Similar to the human ankle--but elevated and bending backward--the hock works in concert with the stifle, flexing... Read More

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Hunter's Bump

October 01, 2003

Named for the sport in which it often occurs, hunter's (or jumper's) bump is a sometimes painful pelvic condition that affects performance and gait. It's tricky to diagnose, occurs in horses which do many different disciplines, and can be an... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy -- Does It Work?

September 01, 2003

What is shock wave therapy? Extracorporeal shock wave therapy focuses a highly concentrated, powerful acoustical (sound) energy source to a focal area. The shock waves induce increased activity of bone-producing cells and might also lead to increased... Read More

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Three Horses Euthanized, Jockeys Seriously Injured in Del Mar Spill

August 12, 2003

Edited from track reports

Jockeys Tyler Baze and Jose Silva suffered serious injuries Monday in a five-horse spill which marred the running of the fourth race at Del Mar.

Xrays disclosed that Baze sustained fractures of... Read More

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New Holder of World's Tallest Horse Title

August 08, 2003

The title of "Tallest Living Horse in the World" went to an 11-year-old Percheron horse named Goliath on July 24. He stands 19.1 hands high, or 6"5' at the withers, weighs in at around 2,500 pounds, and is based in Mount Pleasant, Texas.... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Injected With Damaging Substance Under Treatment

July 04, 2003

The five American Saddlebreds that were injected with an unknown substance and suffered serious injuries as a result continue to recover at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. Ric Redden, DVM, and founder of the International Equine Podiatry Cente... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Suffer Injuries After Mystery Injections

July 03, 2003

The Associated Press reports that five American Saddlebreds in Versailles, KY, including one former five-gaited world champion, suffered life-threatening injuries after their pasterns were injected with an unknown substance.... Read More

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Tenoscopy for Tendon Injuries

July 01, 2003

Penetrating injuries near the fetlock can be very serious because of their proximity to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT), which flexes the lower limb joints, and its sheath. While a horse might have only a small cut or puncture wound, the... Read More

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What's Right for Your Horse?

June 01, 2003

Joint trauma can severely limit performance and seriously affect the quality of your horse's daily life. Owners want and need to know how best to manage equine joint disease. The most important factor in successful treatment is early... Read More

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Wrapping a Bowed Tendon for Exercise

June 01, 2003

Q: We have a 4-year-old Thoroughbred with a bowed tendon. He has been laid up for about a year and is now in training and doing well. My question: When we race him, should we wrap his leg to support the bow or leave it open? I... Read More

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Arthritis Under Control

June 01, 2003

Although not usually life-threatening, arthritis causes your horse pain and can be career-ending. In fact, a research report from Michigan State University's McPhail Equine Performance Center calls degenerative joint disease the single most... Read More

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The Inflammatory Cascade

May 01, 2003

Some drugs have the ability to reduce inflammation and pain associated with various horse injuries.... Read More

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The Sound Barrier

April 30, 2003

The debate over fast workout times for sale 2-year-olds

The specter of catastrophic injury continues to haunt sales of Thoroughbred 2-year-olds in training. Every time a horse breaks down during an under-tack show, the debate... Read More

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Leg Amputation

April 14, 2003

"If a horse needs an amputation or he's not going to live, that's not much of a choice," began Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center and host of the 2003 Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, in a presentation on Jan. 18.... Read More

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Measuring Joint Damage

March 05, 2003

New research is leading veterinarians one step closer to being able to detect the first stages of cartilage damage in joints, which could lead to crippling osteoarthritis. Researchers eventually want to analyze joint fluid or blood samples... Read More

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Ouch! That Hurts!

March 01, 2003

Pain. The Merriam-Webster electronic dictionary defines pain as 1: punishment; 2: usually localized physical suffering associated with bodily disorder (as a disease or an injury); also, a basic bodily sensation induced by a... Read More

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Treating Shoulder Lameness

March 01, 2003

There is an uncommon type of shoulder lameness in horses that produces a dropped elbow and flexing of the carpus (knee) and pastern at rest. At work, affected horses are typically severely lame with a significantly decreased forward phase of the... Read More

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When Your Horse's Muscles Ache

March 01, 2003

Equine muscle injuries are often elusive, leading to frustration for the rider and a challenging diagnosis. ... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Milne Lecture--Bucked Shins

February 27, 2003

The Milne Lecture at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention is also known as the State of the Art Lecture because each Milne Lecture, regardless of topic, is selected for its groundbreaking qualities and potential to... Read More

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Bone and Fracture Treatment in Horses

February 27, 2003

Bone does not heal, incorporating the scar tissue as seen in most all other tissues--it regenerates itself. It changes its shape and structure based on its use, and if broken can resume 100% of its former strength and function.... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Fractures of the Distal Phalanx

February 25, 2003

Fractures of the distal phalanx (also known as P3 or the coffin bone) are common, especially in racehorses, noted Tara S. Rabuffo, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center. She and her colleagues reviewed case records and all... Read More