Diagnosing Hoof Lameness


If Your Horse's Feet Could Talk

October 01, 2003

EDITOR'S NOTE: This article gives horse owners a glimpse into the methods used by one experienced veterinarian to monitor the feet of his clients' horses. Your veterinarian might have developed his/her own special way to follow the... Read More


Stop Problems Before They Start

June 01, 2003

Thought you knew the latest in keeping your horse healthy from head to toe? Think again! Richard Mansmann, VMD, PhD, from Central Carolina Equine Practice in Chapel Hill, N.C., is using a preventive foot care program that's designed to detect... Read More


Venogram Procedure (Step By Step)

April 14, 2003

Following is an in-depth description of the steps taken to perform the digital venogram.  I encourage you to follow each of these steps to achieve consistent, informative venograms.


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Interpreting Venograms and Artifacts

April 14, 2003

Becoming familiar with the range of normal venograms is difficult, but it is more difficult to become accustomed to artifacts that are induced by incorrect techniques. This presentation will attempt to discuss interpreting changes present on... Read More


Heel Pain in Horses

April 01, 2003

Many conditions that cause heel pain can be successfully treated, so a "heel pain" diagnosis is certainly not an athletic death knell for many horses. Some horses confirmed with navicular disease itself can also be treated successfully and continue... Read More


Navicular Syndrome/Heel Pain

April 01, 2003

In most cases of navicular disease, the condition affects both front feet with lameness as described previously. Horses most at risk are those with certain heritable conformation features such as upright pasterns and small foot size relative to body ... Read More


Understanding the Venogram

March 07, 2003

This procedure allows veterinarians to see blood flow in the foot.

Although it's still not widely used, the venogram (a procedure for visualizing blood flow within the foot) has been acclaimed by many as an essential tool... Read More


From Forge to Foot

June 01, 2002

There isn't much time in the busy farrier's life to chat with his brethren of the forge. On the road before daylight, driving endless hours, and arriving home late at night after a hard day's work doesn't leave much time for socializing. However... Read More


Buddha Injury Still Uncertain

May 06, 2002

Diagnostics were still being done on pre-Derby second choice Buddha on the Monday after the race. His attending veterinarian, Dr. Ken Reed, said while they hadn’t found out a whole lot more, Buddha was sent on Sunday night (May 5) to Rood and... Read More


Hoofcare Education at Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium

April 01, 2002

One of the most common comments at the 15th annual Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 21-23, 2002, was that if farriers or veterinarians don't have a passion for working on laminitic horses, they shouldn't take the cases.... Read More


Limitations of Diagnostic Ultrasound of Bowed Tendons

March 01, 2002

Diagnostic ultrasound has become a popular means of monitoring the healing of superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries, also known as bowed tendons. As image analysis software has been developed, the technique has become more widespread... Read More


Front Foot Flick

February 01, 2002

My 12-year-old Tennessee Walking Horse often "flicks" his left front foot when putting it forward. His previous owners said it was only a cosmetic problem, but my friends say it hurts him when I ride. However, after our latest three-mile... Read More


Navicular Syndrome Diagnosis

January 25, 2002

"Navicular disease is very difficult to study, because you can't reproduce it in a normal horse," said Earl Gaughan, DVM, of Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. "You can't then work backward from the disease to find a cure.... Read More


Value of Digital Venograms

January 24, 2002

A recent 10-horse study by Bruce Lyle, DVM, a primary care equine practitioner in Aubrey, Texas, looked at using digital venography (injecting radio-opaque dye into a blood vessel to measure blood flow in the foot) to enhance a practitioner's... Read More


Radiographic and Venogram Technique

January 21, 2002

“Pulling a handful of films from the processor hoping a few of them are good enough and knowing full well that most will not be diagnostic is not only frustrating, but a tremendous financial black hole for all concerned,” said Ric Redden, DVM, i... Read More


AAEP 1996 Convention Wrapup

October 18, 2001

A variety of topics, ranging from the sophisticated to the mundane, were discussed by presenters who offered their findings under the umbrella subject--The Foot.

Opening the session was Tracy A. Turner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, of the... Read More


Thermography: Hot Images and a Hot Topic

October 16, 2001

Thermography is a means of examining the horse through a pictorial representation of skin temperature. The technique detects thermal emissions of normal, hotter, and cooler areas, and a thermogram displays slight temperature variations as visual imag... Read More


Thermography: Diagnosis Tool for Horses

October 04, 2001

The infrared heat that a horse emits from its body can be "viewed" via a specialized camera and monitor. The heat patterns that can be seen show a trained practitioner how the blood flow is normal, or abnormal, in a particular horse. ... Read More


Scintigraphy: Get It While It's Hot

September 13, 2001

Many times radiographs fail to show even stress fractures. Enter nuclear scintigraphy. This sophisticated technology uses radioactive material that, combined with a bone-seeking agent, is capable of locating stress fractures and other bone damage. ... Read More


Joints Part 2: Joint Disease

September 01, 2001

When equine joint injury occurs, you can turn to sophisticated specialists who have devoted their careers to repairing the damage, just as race car drivers can turn to top mechanics. Unfortunately, the equine specialists do not have the luxury... Read More


Is He Really Lame?

August 01, 2001

You want your horse to be sound and stay sound. But calling the vet out for a thorough workup every time your horse stumbles or acts stiff can get costly, and waste your veterinarian's valuable time--especially if those problems turn out to be... Read More


Ain't Doin' Right Diagnostics

January 01, 2001

Many horses can be off in their performance, yet not show clinical signs of lameness. There might be no answers after the customary diagnostic work-up, leaving veterinarian and owner scratching their heads and looking for the next stop in the... Read More


Gait Analysis

September 01, 1999

Ever since the 1880s, when Edweard Muybridge set up a series of cameras to capture the character of footfalls of a racehorse, we’ve been fascinated by how horses move. No doubt you’ve seen that early sequence of photos, which demonstrated that... Read More


Pattern Of Bone Injury In The Jumping Horse

June 11, 1999

Nuclear scintigraphy is a technique used to identify areas of increased bone material turnover. This remodeling of bone can occur in response to growth, fracture, increased loading due to exercise, infection, cancer or... Read More


The Use of Thermography in Lameness Evaluation

June 01, 1999

Lameness diagnosis can be very frustrating when the source of pain is located in the upper leg and is not associated with a synovial structure, or the lameness is too subtle to utilize diagnostic analgesic injections, or the patient is not... Read More