Recent News for Injuries & Wounds


Emerging Equine Disease: Four Diseases/Syndromes to Watch

July 29, 2008

In 1968 the U.S. Surgeon General proclaimed that the war on infectious diseases had been won. Unfortunately, this statement was not true. Ongoing outbreaks of disease in humans and animals worldwide have established repeatedly that the war on... Read More


ACVIM Forum: 10 Years of Infection Control

July 19, 2008

After 10 years as Director of Biosecurity at Colorado State's large animal hospital, Paul Morley, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, recently relayed some of the key lessons he and his colleagues have learned while developing the school's biosecurity... Read More


Tail Blocking Gone Wrong

July 18, 2008

No one likes a rebellious horse, particularly in the show ring, and excessive tail swishing or wringing is often penalized by judges as a sign of resistance. To avoid this penalty, or simply to ensure low tail carriage, trainers and exhibitors... Read More


Carpal Spavin Surgery, Fine-Tuned

July 18, 2008

Several years ago, Spencer Barber, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, achieved a first in equine surgery when he developed a successful arthrodesis (surgical fusion) technique for treating a debilitating arthritic ... Read More


Understanding the USEF Equine Drugs and Medications Program

July 17, 2008

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) is the national governing body for equestrian sport and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USEF is responsible for enforcing the rules of 27 breeds and disciplines. Formerly this... Read More


Prevent Fractures in Horses: New Technology Could Help

July 07, 2008

Researchers at Purdue have designed wearable acoustic emission sensors, which could be used to monitor the formation of these microcracks in bones that can lead to hairline stress fractures unless detected in time. The technology might help prevent... Read More


Rattlesnake Bite Management Recommendations

July 06, 2008

The United States is home to 26 species of rattlesnakes, making rattlesnake bites relatively common events in equine medicine. Horse owners definitely need to resist the urge to begin sucking the venom from their horse's rattlesnake bite... Read More


Antibiotic Beads Now Available from Compounding Pharmacy

July 02, 2008

Wedgewood Pharmacy is now offering antibiotic beads and a new preparation, pentosan polysulfate sodium (Pentosan), in its extensive formulary of custom-compounded preparations.

Wedgewood initially will compound antibiotic beads for gentamicin... Read More


Understanding and Preventing Catastrophic Injuries

July 01, 2008

Following the euthanasia of filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter mile after finishing second in the 2008 Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to... Read More


Managing Navicular Pain

July 01, 2008

Q: My horse was diagnosed with navicular syndrome about five years ago. He was put on isoxsuprine and half a gram of Bute twice a day, and we changed his shoeing regimen. He has been sound since, and he remains sound, as long as... Read More


Castration Technique Could Reduce Complications

June 30, 2008

A new sterilization technique that leaves a stallion's testicles in place but nonfunctioning might provide a safe, simple, and reliable alternative to traditional castration methods, according to Iranian researchers.

In the... Read More


On the Mend: Chelokee's Prognosis Good

June 28, 2008

Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, who in mid May said grade III winner Chelokee's chances of survival were at 60-40 after the colt dislocated his right front ankle, is now talking about the colt being released from Rood & Riddle Equine... Read More


Special Report: Catastrophic Injuries

June 17, 2008

Following the euthanasia of the filly Eight Belles, who suffered catastrophic injuries to both front legs a quarter-mile after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby, members of every sector of the Thoroughbred industry have banded together to... Read More


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


Risk Factors for Atypical Myopathy

June 07, 2008

Aggressive research efforts by Belgian veterinarians have culminated in the identification of numerous indicators or factors--including horse management and pasture characteristics--associated with atypical myopathy, a rapidly developing and fatal di... Read More


Eight Belles to be Interred at Kentucky Derby Museum

June 03, 2008

Eight Belles, who finished second in the Kentucky Derby but suffered a catastrophic injury moments after the race, will be honored by Churchill Downs Inc. through a series of charitable contributions and initiatives, including the interment of her... Read More


Equine Therapy: Sound Choices

June 01, 2008

Many equine therapy devices are available, but which ones work? Keeping your horse in action or getting him sound and back into battle: twin goals of just about everyone who works with competition horses or who spends a chunk of time playing with the... Read More


Millionaire Racehorse Nashoba's Key Euthanized

May 29, 2008

Millionaire and multiple grade I winner Nashoba's Key was involved in a freak accident in her stall at Hollywood Park and had to be euthanized May 28.

The 5-year-old daughter of Silver Hawk fractured her left hock when she kicked the... Read More


Two Graded Stakes Winners Retired Due to Suspensory Issues

May 28, 2008

Grade I winners Nobiz like Shobiz and Panty Raid have been retired due to suspensory problems.

Stud plans are being decided for millionaire Nobiz Like Shobiz.

A 4-year-old son of Albert the Great, Nobiz Like Shobiz scored his big win in... Read More


O'Connors Release Statement on Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia

May 28, 2008

David and Karen O'Connor have released a statement regarding the euthanasia of Theodore O'Connor.

The statement reads:

"'Teddy' got frightened and bolted. He slipped running back to the barn and suffered a severe laceration to his hind... Read More


Vet Calls Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia 'The Right Thing to Do'

May 28, 2008

"Karen and David (O'Connor) would have done anything to let this little guy have a shot," said Kent Allen, DVM, one of the three veterinarians who attended Theodore O'Connor following the gelding's catastrophic injury this morning and a long-tim... Read More


Michigan State Offers Conventional and Advanced Laparoscopy Procedures for Horses

May 26, 2008

The fulminant growth in minimally invasive surgery in people has paid dividends for the horse. "Not only are laparoscopic procedures in horses less invasive and associated with less postoperative pain and inflammation, in some instances they... Read More


Attacked Arkansas Horses Healed and Rideable, Five Years Later

May 23, 2008

Two Quarter Horses that were severely injured in a brutal attack five years ago are thriving after a long recovery.

"They're tough," said Patrice Swan, the horses' owner. "They never gave up, and now they're running around like babies."... Read More


Veterinarians Begin Testing New Equine Recovery Device

May 20, 2008

A version of a device designed to help brain injured and bariatric human patients to move more freely might also be used to assist down horses recovering from injury and surgeries.

"We were doing applications to support a 1,000-pound... Read More


Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

May 15, 2008

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded.... Read More