Recent News for Conformation and Problems

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Study: MRI Beneficial for Diagnosing Some Leg Lamenesses

October 24, 2011

MRIs picked up a wider range of abnormalities in some lame horses than did X rays or ultrasounds.... Read More

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Post-Surgery Prognosis in Horses

September 01, 2011

When a horse needs surgery, what's his prognosis for a full recovery? What problems can occur during recovery?... Read More

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Young Horse Development Part 3: 18-24 Months

September 01, 2011

The second year of a horse's life brings significant changes not only in his development but also his use.... Read More

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New Approach for Treating Horses with OCD Lesions

August 30, 2011

Cornell University researchers are examining the use of degradable pins for treating OCD lesions in horses.... Read More

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Saddle Pads: Best Shock Absorber Identified in Study

August 02, 2011

Researchers recently examined what saddle pad material is best suited for reducing equine back pressure.... Read More

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Long Toes in Horses: A Pain in the Butt?

May 03, 2011

Your equine athlete's performance hasn't been blue ribbon-worthy as of late. Or maybe your broodmare's gaits are looking a little off kilter. Could long toes on the hind feet be to blame? According to the results of a recent study, the answer in some... Read More

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Link Between Chronic Pain and Aggression in Horses Identified

April 11, 2011

Anyone who's suffered from chronic aches and pains will likely say the ever-present irritation can put a damper on their day, possibly even making them cranky. But is the same true for horses? A group of French researchers recently completed a study ... Read More

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Prosthetic Limbs for Horses: A Closer Look

April 10, 2011

Horses have traditionally been considered obligate four-legged animals; however, the dogma is changing. ... Read More

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Diagnosing Equine Bone Fragility Syndrome (AAEP 2011)

April 08, 2011

Clearly defined diagnostic criteria could help veterinarians detect BFS earlier and more accurately.... Read More

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Providing Nutritional Support for the Equine Skeletal System

February 14, 2011

Nutritional supplements can support healthy joint, bone, and connective tissue function in horses. ... Read More

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Young Horse Development: Birth to Six Months

February 01, 2011

Learn about the factors contributing to a foal's healthy development as he grows into a young horse: Genetics, nutrition, social development, immunity, growth rates, weaning, hoof care, and more.... Read More

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Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain in the Sport Horse (AAEP 2010)

February 01, 2011

"Back problems can be performance-limiting in the horse due to pain and reduced range of motion and flexibility," reported Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, as he presented on equine back pain at the 2010 American Association of Equine ... Read More

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Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Seminar and Clinic Schedule for 2011

January 23, 2011

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association (TOBA) has announced its 2011 seminar and clinic schedule, consisting of three new owner seminars, a breeding clinic, and three pedigree and conformation clinics. The seminars are sponsored by ... Read More

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Equine Navicular Disease

January 01, 2011

The navicular bone, a small, boat-shaped bone nestled deep in the protective womb of the hoof, only measures approximately 6 cm wide and 2 cm deep (top to bottom) in an average 1,200-pound horse, so how can such a small bone be such a nuisance?... Read More

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Bone Spavin Researchers: Alcohol Joint Fusion Effective (AAEP 2010)

December 29, 2010

Bone spavin in horses, or osteoarthritis of the distal tarsal (lower hock) joints, is a "common cause of equine lameness, resulting in lost training days and limiting affected horses' careers," says James Carmalt, MA, VetMB, MVetSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ABVP... Read More

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Ask the Vet LIVE: Feeding Foals and Young Horses Recording Now Available

December 27, 2010

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE on Feeding Foals and Young Horses, held on Dec. 15, is now available for listening on demand. Questions about developmental orthopedic disease in horses, grains, forages, supplements, breed differences, and more... Read More

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Surgical Methods for Angular Limb Deformities Assessed (AAEP 2010)

December 23, 2010

Angular limb deformities (ALDs) of the carpus (knee) are a common problem in foals and yearlings, and researchers have narrowed the surgical treatment options down to the two that present the best results. Eric R. Carlson, DVM, an equine surgery ... Read More

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Large and Small Animal Veterinarians Work Together to Save Foal

December 20, 2010

When a Quarter Horse colt born with a severely deformed right hind limb arrived at the University of Florida's Large Animal Hospital last May, equine veterinarians recognized that traditional methods used for straightening abnormal legs in foals... Read More

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Genetics of Swayback in Saddlebred Horses Examined

December 20, 2010

The gene responsible for causing the swaybacked appearance of many American Saddlebred horses might be playing an advanced game of "hide and go seek," but genetic researchers at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center are one step ... Read More

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What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... Read More

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Sudden Conformation Change in an Aged Mare

December 01, 2010

Q: My 20-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare has been in extensive training and showing since she was four and has been awarded high honors in breeding quality status. However, over the past two years she has become increasingly over at the knee ... Read More

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Ringbone in Horses

November 01, 2010

Thanks to advancements in treatment, ringbone is no longer ­automatically career-ending.... Read More

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Horse Conformation Conundrums

October 01, 2010

A horse needs to be put together properly, but does he need to be put together perfectly?... Read More

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Once-Paralyzed Foal Now Walking Freely

August 03, 2010

Vitelle, the once-paralyzed filly, is finally walking, trotting, and cantering without a walker at the farm in Belgium she left more than a year ago. In June 2009, at 3 weeks old, the Boulonnais Draft horse foal developed sudden paralysis and urinary... Read More

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Taming the Beast: A Review of Equine Neurologic Disease

June 01, 2010

To take the dizzy factor out of understanding neurologic disease in horses, I.G. Joe Mayhew, BVSc, FRCVS, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ECVN, has dedicated much of his career to helping practitioners and owners understand equine neurology.... Read More