Recent News for Conformation and Problems

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The Equine Foot -- Form and Function

October 15, 2001

There is an adage that is as old as the modern-day horse. It goes something like this: No foot, no horse. My late father, who could pick out a minute leg or foot unsoundness at a glance, used to lecture his young son about the importance of good... Read More

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Joints: Part 1

October 15, 2001

The mechanical engineering involved in the structuring of equine joints is both complex and masterful. Not only do healthy joints allow the horse to move freely, but they also help to effectively absorb concussion, especially when the horse is... Read More

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The Rear Leg

October 15, 2001

This month we shall begin a discussion of the rear leg: conformation, function, problems. There is at least one good reason to start with the rear rather than the foreleg. It seems to be the case that as man selects certain animals to breed to... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Hunters/Jumpers

October 10, 2001

Ears forward and eyes fixed, the horse concludes his gallop in front of the fence. He gathers himself and leaps gracefully into the air, clearing the obstacle with ease and landing on the other side of the obstacle to gallop on to the next... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Dressage

October 10, 2001

An elegant athlete, the dressage horse moves in perfect harmony with his rider. Following the artistic traditions of European horsemanship, the performer displays supple joints and natural balance, or expresses power and grace in the demanding... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Endurance

October 09, 2001

Uphill, downhill, through brush, over rocks and deep sand, across streams--this equine athlete carries his rider to a destination. The trail horse travels along a sometimes none-too-defined path, replicating the centuries-old use of the horse as... Read More

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Medical Messengers--British Equine Veterinary Association

October 08, 2001

The annual meeting of the British Equine Veterinary Association provided a wealth of information on topics ranging from tendons and ligaments to muscle diseases, from disorders of the back to conformation. Sue Dyson, MA, VetMB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS,... Read More

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Equine Foot Research In America

October 05, 2001

Back in the 1800s, the world really could have used a better hoof on a better horse. History tells us that breeders tried to comply, by including soundness as a criterion for reproduction. Veterinary medicine complied with... Read More

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Focus on Discipline: Cutting Horses

October 01, 2001

One on one, horse meets heifer. The cutting horse matches wits with a cow, and a champion maintains 100 percent control of the wily critter.

Like reining, cutting is a sport that developed on the ranch. Cowhands valued the cutting horse as ... Read More

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Tendon Injuries in Horses

September 13, 2001

Tendon injuries can be extremely frustrating. The best way to deal with them is to make every effort to prevent them, or if possible, limit the degree of damage that occurs. Certainly some tendon injuries occur acutely without any warning, but... Read More

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Stifle Problems

September 01, 2001

It doesn't take much to spot a stifle problem: The telltale swelling in the stifle area is a big hint.... Read More

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Equine Nutrition Education

July 01, 2001

A wide variety of equine nutritional topics was covered at the fourth annual Alltech Equine School April 25-28 in Lexington, Ky., sponsored by Alltech, a feed ingredient company in Nicholasville, Ky. Among the speakers was Harold Hintz, BS, PhD,... Read More

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Form and Function of Joints

June 01, 2001

There is a definite correlation between joint angle, hoof flight pattern, and weight bearing. One might even wax a bit poetic and declare that as the joint angles, so flies and lands the hoof. That's where the poetry ends, however, because if... Read More

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The Club Foot

June 01, 2001

Q: After seeing the conformation of several weanlings at a sale recently, I noticed that my weanling had a strange-looking foot. On closer examination of his leg, his foot seemed a bit boxy. Will I still be able to sell him... Read More

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Ready, Steady, Grow--Feeding Young Horses

March 01, 2001

We don't have all of the answers when it comes to feeding young horses. A nutrition program that doesn't promote--and possibly helps prevent--developmental orthopedic disease (DOD), including osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), is critical at this... Read More

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The Equine Spine--Back To Work

March 01, 2001

First, how can we visualize and understand what's going on under that hair, skin, and muscle? Denoix has diagnostic steps to examine a horse with performance problems that he believes might stem from the spine.... Read More

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Are Straight Hocks a Problem?

January 01, 2001

Does having straight hocks cause a horse to trip or to react any different than a horse without this? Will they tire more easily climbing hills when on a trail? What safety considerations should I be thinking about? --Lynn... Read More

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Solving Equine Back Pain

January 01, 2001

A recent survey published in England revealed that 70% of all sport horses sustain at least one musculo-skeletal disorder in any training season. In the past few years, horse health professionals have expressed the need for better and more... Read More

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AAEP Convention Topics Preview: Predicting Performance

January 01, 2001

If only we could accurately predict a horse's future athletic performance, we'd know which horses on which to spend our fortunes. Many early factors in estimating a yearling's potential have been proven correct, others false, and there's many fo... Read More

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Conformation in Horses

October 01, 2000

Conformation...what does it mean? If you've spent any time around horses or horse people, you've heard this word or related words used again and again. "Wow, that horse has great conformation!" or "My trainer said not t... Read More

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Osselets (Traumatic Arthritis of the Fetlock)

September 01, 2000

Osselets begin with swelling on the front of the fetlock joint, with the possible addition of synovial distensions on the sides of the joint (commonly called windpuffs). It's painful when the horse flexes the joint, and can cause lameness.... Read More

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Bar Shoes

July 01, 2000

Once regarded as pretty radical, bar shoes now are experiencing something of a renaissance. In particular, egg bar shoes are being fitted to more feet now more than ever before-even those belonging to horses in high-intensity athletic careers,... Read More

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Ringbone in Horses

February 01, 2000

Ringbone, a lameness disease of the pastern and coffin joints, is a degenerative disorder that has no cure. Once the condition occurs, it's always there and will progressively worsen.... Read More

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Your Horse's Limbs: Does Form Follow Function?

October 01, 1999

We asked several leading experts for their take on the conformation-performance-soundness issue.... Read More

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When Joints Fail: Osteochondrosis

October 01, 1999

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is an affliction, if left untreated, that can have long-term harmful effects on the young, growing horse as well as the performing or racing horse. OCD actually is a disease subset of osteochondrosis and... Read More