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


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


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


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


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


California Reports Fewer Racing Fatalities During 2008 Season

February 15, 2009

According to the California Horse Racing Board’s (CHRB) annual report, there were 10 fewer racing fatalities during the 2008 racing season than the previous year.... Read More


AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More


Expedited Fracture Repair: A Novel Approach

January 28, 2009

Delivering a growth factor in a dissolvable carrier at the site of a bony fracture results in accelerated healing when compared to untreated horses, and it is as effective as treating horses with a bone graft post-fracture, researchers recently repor... Read More


Vets Investigate 'Unusual' Injuries at Fair Grounds

January 25, 2009

Although five horses have been euthanized as a result of catastrophic injuries at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots since Jan. 17, Tom David, DVM, equine medical director for the Louisiana State Racing Commission, said the incidents appear to... Read More


Fracture Complications Lead to Indyanne Euthanasia

January 15, 2009

Graded stakes winner Indyanne, who fractured a sesamoid in her left front ankle while leading in the La Brea Stakes, Dec. 27 at Santa Anita, was euthanized Jan. 13. A 4-year-old... Read More


Fracture Repair Aided by Gelatin 'Microspheres' in Pilot Study

December 20, 2008

Japanese researchers have discovered that injecting specially designed "microspheres" containing basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) directly into the fetlock joints of horses with defects in their distal cannon bones results in enhanced bone... Read More


Stakes Winner Springside Recovering After Surgery

December 02, 2008

Springside, who suffered a fracture to her right-front pastern after capturing the Nov. 29 Demoiselle Stakes by 9 1/2 lengths at Aqueduct, is recovering well at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa.

Dean... Read More


Fracture Recovery: A Stem Cell Case Study

November 26, 2008

Because of the severity of the fracture, a decision was made to use stem cells to enhance fracture healing. Bone marrow was taken from her sternum and submitted to the UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Laboratory for expansion of stem cells 12 days ... Read More


Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine in Horses

November 21, 2008

Regenerative medicine technology in humans and animals is advancing at a much faster pace than most of us realize. It has offered hope to thousands of humans suffering from diseases and injuries that destroy or damage vital cells. In animals,... Read More


New System Available for Fracture Repair at Marion duPont Scott EMC

November 07, 2008

When a human fractures an arm or leg, the results are pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. When a horse fractures a limb, however, the consequences are more serious--possibly even life-threatening.

While the surgical specialists at Virginia... Read More


Canadian Researchers Focus on Racehorse Safety

September 10, 2008

Since the loss of Barbaro and Eight Belles, NBC's Roundtable on the horseracing industry at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, and the congressional hearing in June 2008, researchers are highlighting their efforts to improve racehorse safety and Canadian... Read More


The Future of Racehorse Injury Prevention: A Commentary

September 04, 2008

I testified as part of the "Breeding, Drugs, and Breakdowns: The State of Thoroughbred Horseracing and the Welfare of the Thoroughbred Racehorse" Congressional hearing June 19. It was both disillusioning and enlightening.... Read More


Lessons from Barbaro

August 15, 2008

During the 2007 AAEP Convention, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, discussed medically attending Barbaro.... Read More


Foot Lameness in Horses

August 15, 2008

Equine authorities at the 2007 AAEP Convention discussed multiple topics relating to lameness in horses.... Read More



August 15, 2008

A review of the medical and surgical topics at discussed at the 2007 AAEP Convention.... Read More


Surgery on Swedish Olympic Event Horse a Success, Vets Say

August 14, 2008

Swedish event rider Magnus Gallerdal's 2008 Olympic mount, Keymaster, sustained a hairline fracture of the first phalanx (long pastern bone) of his right foreleg August 11, during the cross-country portion of the Olympic eventing competition in... Read More


Veterinary Updates from Hong Kong

August 12, 2008

Horses and riders initially appeared to have emerged unscathed from yesterday's eventing cross-country competition, but later it was learned that Keymaster, a Swedish team horse under Magnus Gallerdal, pulled up lame in his right foreleg.... Read More


Olympic Eventing: Additional Injuries Reported

August 12, 2008

Peter Flarup of Denmark and Silver Ray rocketed up from 45th place after dressage to 20th place after having a fantastic cruise around the track during yesterday's cross-country at Beas River, but there were concerns about a front leg later in... Read More


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


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