Recent News for Injuries & Wounds

Article

Protective Boots: Researchers Call for Standards, Testing

April 27, 2009

Many horses sport leg protection while working or during turnout. Some horse owners also use "support" boots, which are designed to lessen the strain on their horses' lower-limb tendons and ligaments. But David Marlin, BSc (Hons.), PhD, says some boo... Read More

Article

Stem Cell Therapy Effective for Tendonitis in Cornell Study

April 25, 2009

Horses faced with career-ending tendon injuries might possess the power to heal themselves.

According to Alan J. Nixon, BVSc, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and colleagues from Cornell University, veterinarians might be able to effectively treat horses... Read More

Article

VetCell's Stem Cell Technique to Undergo Human Trials

April 18, 2009

VetCell Bioscience's pioneering stem cell technique, which is used to return injured horses to top levels of performance, will be tested in human medicine. The trials will be conducted by VetCell's parent company MedCell Bioscience Ltd under the... Read More

Article

Shock Wave: No Analgesic Effect Found in Study

April 13, 2009

Shock wave therapy is widely used to treat proximal suspensory desmitis by inducing the release of cytokines.... Read More

Article

Illinois Equine Board Awards More Than $72K in Grants

April 12, 2009

The Illinois Equine Industry Research and Promotion Board (EPB) has awarded more than $72,000 in grants, according to Karen Freese, chair.

Grants are funded by the Illinois equine checkoff program, which provides for the voluntary assessmen... Read More

Article

Tendon Issue Takes The Pamplemousse Off Kentucky Derby Trail

April 06, 2009

The morning after the scratch of pre-race favorite The Pamplemousse from the Santa Anita Derby due to a tendon flare-up, co-owner Alex Solis II said the promising colt is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Later, Solis said The Pamplemousse woul... Read More

Article

Racehorse Exercise Predicts Bone Strength (AAEP 2008)

April 05, 2009

Nearly 20% of fatal musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred atheletes are due to complete humeral (forearm bone) fractures, which often occur early in training or following an prolonged layup.... Read More

Article

Insulin Resistance and Layup Time

April 01, 2009

My 18-year-old Percheron/ Morgan gelding was diagnosed with insulin resistance. ... Read More

Article

Supporting Limb Laminitis (AAEP 2008)

March 30, 2009

Supporting (also called contralateral) limb laminitis strikes a previously healthy hoof when it bears excessive weight for long periods because the other front or hind foot is extremely painful (such as from a fracture, surgery, severe infection, etc... Read More

Article

Assisted Recovery Prevents Postoperative Catastrophic Events

March 26, 2009

Using a rope system to assist horses as they recover from anesthesia postoperatively, is a "valuable and safe way of controlling recovery," reported Hans Wilderjans DVM, Dipl. ECVS, from the Equine Hospital De Bosdreef in Belgium, during the 10t... Read More

Article

Partial Phallectomy Technique, AAEP 2008

March 25, 2009

Although it's a painful option to consider (especially for the males in the profession), for some horse health problems the best treatment is partial phallectomy, or amputation of part of the penis. Such conditions might include penile injury... Read More

Article

Wound Management Enhanced Via Maggot Therapy

March 23, 2009

The use of sterile maggots specifically produced for medical industries is not a new procedure, but one that is perhaps not utilized enough, suggested Olivier M. Lepage, DMV, PhD, Dipl. ECVS, from the University of Lyon in France, at the 10th... Read More

Article

Emergency Services at Steeplechase and Cross-Country Events (AAEP 2008)

March 22, 2009

Due to the nature of the course terrain, it is best to have a four-wheel drive horse ambulance (and backup) with a long ramp for efficient loading. Cooling fans are desirable, and the ambulance should have curtains to form a screen around an injured ... Read More

Article

Brentina Home After Colic Surgery, Retirement Ceremony Planned

March 18, 2009

Olympic dressage horse Brentina returned to her winter home in California Feb. 23 following colic surgery Feb. 10.

The 18-year-old Hanoverian mare, who has been the partner of Idaho-based dressage rider Debbie McDonald since the age of... Read More

Article

Acute Laminitis: Are Drugs Effective? (AAEP 2008)

March 18, 2009

In general, controlled studies do not exist regarding the efficacy of various treatments for laminitis, and some therapies have additional risks beyond their failure to improve the situation. ... Read More

Article

Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces vs. Dirt and Turf (AAEP 2008)

March 16, 2009

Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More

Article

Tendon Angle and Navicular Lameness (AAEP 2008)

March 15, 2009

Why might one horse suffer from injury to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in the navicular area while another doesn't? A recent study suggests that the angle of the DDFT as it passes over the navicular bone might have a lot to do with it.... Read More

Article

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

Article

Emergency Veterinary Care at Horse Shows

March 04, 2009

Most horse show emergencies are able to be cared for on-site, but if a crisis develops, the horse should be stabilized and transported to a full-care facility, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. ... Read More

Article

Plasma for Wound Healing a Work in Progress

March 03, 2009

Despite the hypothetical benefits associated with the topical use of platelet-rich plasma for expediting wound repair in horses, research thus far has yet to reveal any beneficial effects on small full-thickness wounds of the distal limb.... Read More

Article

Windpuffs in Horses

March 01, 2009

Windpuffs are soft, fluid-filled swellings toward the back of the fetlock joint, resulting from inflamed deep digital flexor tendon sheaths. Most commonly, these puffy enlargements are symptomless blemishes--old and cold, the result of years of hard ... Read More

Article

Study: Topical NSAID for Osteoarthritis Safe and Effective

February 26, 2009

Move over, Bute. In a new independent study, researchers at Colorado State University's Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center concluded that diclofenac liposomal cream (1% diclofenac sodium, trade name Surpass) is safer and more... Read More

Article

Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatments offered by Marion DuPont Scott Equine Center in Virginia

February 20, 2009

One of the most common causes of lameness in horses--an injury to tendon and ligaments--can now be treated at Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center, with one of the newest treatments available, platelet-rich plasma.... Read More

Article

Brentina's Colic Surgery: 'Routine' but Necessary, Surgeon Says

February 18, 2009

As colic surgeries go, the procedure that U.S. Olympic dressage competitor Brentina underwent Feb. 10 was "pretty routine," according to her surgeon, Nicole Johnson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of Humphrey, Giacopuzzi & Associates Equine Hospital in... Read More

Article

Brentina on the Mend After Colic Surgery

February 16, 2009

Olympian Debbie McDonald reported Feb. 12 that her equine partner Brentina had downed her first four meals, consisting of soaked timothy pellets, following surgery Feb. 10 to remove an impaction from her small intestine.

McDonald, of Hailey... Read More