Recent News for Conformation and Problems

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Researchers Examine Effects of Rider Stability

May 22, 2009

Austrian researchers have reported that the stability of a rider’s seat affects the forces acting on a horse’s back. Using an electronic pressure mat placed under a dressage saddle, scientists with the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna’s... Read More

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Foot and Limb Deformities in Foals

May 21, 2009

Hunt discussed several limb and hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. One of his bi... Read More

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Conformation and Function

April 18, 2009

The first key to evaluating conformation is to have a standard of excellence in mind for that horse's breed and intended job. "To be a student of conformation, in my opinion, you have to have that standard of excellence in your mind every time you... Read More

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Big Horse? Small Horse? Help Scientists Study Size Genes

April 02, 2009

What makes your horse different from the horse in the next stall? Why doesn't a Kentucky Derby contender walk like a Budweiser Clydesdale? Why don't either of them look like Read More

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Sacroiliac Joint Motion and Pelvic Deformation, AAEP 2008

March 29, 2009

An equine athlete uses the pelvis and sacroiliac (SI) joint in many different fashions: A rope horse uses the pelvis to rapidly accelerate and decelerate, a Standardbred races at high speed at a constrained gait, and a dressage horse... Read More

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Knee Arthritis Treatments Examined (AAEP 2008)

March 24, 2009

The objective of joint therapy is to decrease pain using an osteoarthritic drug that modifies clinical signs and to minimize further deterioration with a disease-modifying osteoarthritic drug.... Read More

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Acquired Scoliosis in Equids, AAEP 2008

March 17, 2009

Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, is most often attributed to congenital vertebral malformations, possibly associated with malposition of the fetus in the uterus. However, researchers have linked cases of acquired scoliosis presented at Cornell... Read More

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Equine Bone Fragility Syndrome, AAEP 2008

March 13, 2009

Women aren't the only ones suffering from decreased bone density and bone mass loss--horses in Central California have experienced a systemic osteoporotic disorder. Equine bone fragility syndrome, a systemic osteoporotic (characterized by a decrease ... Read More

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Corrective Hoof Trimming

February 16, 2009

The term "corrective shoeing" is often overused and misunderstood. It sometimes implies that the farrier can correct conformational faults of feet and legs. In reality, often very little can be done to change the way a horse is built. Trying to fix ... Read More

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Funny Cide to Get First Real Rest at Horse Park

December 04, 2008

When Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Funny Cide is welcomed at the Kentucky Horse Park this Friday, Dec. 5, it will signal a new era of complete retirement and rest for a... Read More

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Risk Factors for Spinal Cord Compression Found

November 28, 2008

A triad of factors, namely sex, breed, and age, are all associated with the development of cervical vertebral compressive myelopathy (CVCM) according to one of the latest studies published by researchers at the College of... Read More

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Exercise's Effects Vary by Tendon Type

November 18, 2008

Researchers from the United Kingdom recently embarked on an 18-month exercise study to determine why the equine superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is more prone to injury than the various other tendons located in the distal (lower) part of... Read More

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Equine Bone Fragility Disorder Reported in California

June 28, 2008

Veterinary researchers at the University of California, Davis, are working to classify a newly observed bone fragility disorder that might prove to be the culprit behind some cases of intermittent chronic lameness that have no other explanation.... Read More

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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

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Atypical Causes of Stallion Infertility

May 18, 2008

It pays to think outside the box when considering possible causes of stallion infertility. The stallion's reproductive conformation, quality of sperm, and history can all impact his performance in the breeding shed.... Read More

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Neck Problems in Sport Horses

May 11, 2008

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More

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Searching for the Source of Carpal Lameness

April 30, 2008

The equine carpal (knee) joint is a veritable puzzle of bones and sometimes a diagnostic enigma for veterinarians. Mike Ross, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center offered some insight to practitioners on working... Read More

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Equine Locomotor Pathology Group Moves Toward Certification

April 25, 2008

The International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology (ISELP) held the first of its second series of lectures earlier this month. Around 100 veterinarians attended the weekend course hosted by Virginia Equine Imaging and led by Jean-Marie... Read More

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Sacroiliac Injection Technique

April 15, 2008

The sacroiliac joint, which forms the articulation between the pelvis and the spine, is often considered a location of elusive pain in horses. However, its deep location and, thereby, limited accessibility make diagnosis (via nerve blocks) and ... Read More

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Making, Placing, and Removing Transphyseal Staples

April 14, 2008

Many methods have been used to straighten crooked limbs on foals, and in the past staples placed across the "long" side's growth plate have received somewhat mixed reviews. However, some researchers suggest that this was due to poor staple choic... Read More

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Reducing Back Sensitivity

March 30, 2008

Back pain is often suspected in horses, but most treatments haven't been researched much or at all. Results of a study designed to measure the effects of massage, chiropractic, and phenylbutazone (Bute) on back sensitivity were presented at the 200... Read More

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Diagnosing Coxofemoral Subluxation with Ultrasound

March 28, 2008

Subluxation (partial dislocation) of the coxofemoral joint between the femur and pelvis in horses is rare; only two cases have been reported in the literature. However, six cases were seen at the University of California, Davis, in a three-year... Read More

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Computed Tomography for Imaging the Stifle

March 26, 2008

The stifle joint is often implicated in cases of lameness, but it can be a notoriously tough joint to image. Radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan), and diagnostic arthrography (joint evaluation) all can be used, but they... Read More

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Blood Test in Young Foals Might Predict Osteochondrosis

March 02, 2008

Measurement of osteocalcin (a marker of joint metabolism) in 2-week-old foals might be useful for identifying foals at risk for developing osteochondrosis.

Osteochondrosis (OC) is a developmental orthopedic disease that results from a... 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