Musculoskeletal System

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Equine Carpal Spavin Treatment

February 08, 2010

Carpal spavin is a degenerative form of osteoarthritis located at the junction of the medial splint bone (the inside part) and the second carpal (knee) joint. Not only does this result in crippling lameness, but quality of life issues often lea... Read More

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Muscles, Tendons, & Ligaments

January 28, 2010

A horse's motion is achieved from the highly integrated interaction between muscles, tendons, and ligaments.... Read More

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Equine Skeletal System

January 28, 2010

The horse’s skeleton is a remarkable system of various bone types that dictate a horse’s conformation.... Read More

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Equine Skeletal System

January 01, 2010

The horse's skeleton is a remarkable system of various bone types, capable of remodeling and adapting in response to exercise and training. The skeletal system is made of many interconnected tissues: bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments. ... Read More

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Muscles, Tendons, and Ligaments

January 01, 2010

Horses' beauty in motion is achieved via the culmination of a complex and highly integrated interaction between muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, and a variety of other connective tissues. ... Read More

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Neck Atrophy

November 01, 2009

I was told by a trainer that my horse has atrophy in her neck that could cause problems later in life. ... Read More

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Horse Hock Health

August 01, 2009

The hock is one of the most complex and hardest-worked joints in the horse's body, so it must be strong and sturdy to avoid injury. Much of what we ask our horses to do, whether high-performance dressage, reining, jumping, or simply going up and... Read More

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Preventing Developmental Orthopedic Disease through Nutrition

July 29, 2009

Developmental orthopedic disease can rob a young horse of his future as a sound athlete. ... Read More

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Scoliosis in Adult Equines

July 01, 2009

I purchased my Thoroughbred gelding when he was 5 years old. Within the next two years we were doing really ... Read More

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Equine Splints: Causes and Cures

July 01, 2009

Your 2 1/2-year-old horse has been in training for a few months, but even though you're taking it slowly and steadily and not pushing too hard, he sometimes comes up lame during or after a workout. The lameness isn't always present and rarely occurs ... Read More

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Rehabilitating Muscle

June 01, 2009

Q: My horse has a severe laceration involving the biceps femoris and semitendinosis muscles (along the back of the hindquarter). He is 17 and in very good shape, training Prix St. Georges. We were able to suture the site and the... Read More

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Uneven Feet in Sport Horses Related to Other Conformation Traits

May 29, 2009

Researchers examined the effects of uneven feet on equine performance and linked this to other faults. ... Read More

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Managing Equine Joint Disease

May 19, 2009

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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

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Comparing Humans and Horses

October 08, 2008

Comparisons of humans to horses logically can start with the anatomy. We stand upright; horses stand prone on their four limbs. What we call our knees are the stifles of horses, and our heels or ankles are horses' hocks. Our foot is their cannon... Read More

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Angular Limb Deformities

September 11, 2008

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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

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Equine Bone Fragility Disorder Reported in California

June 28, 2008

Veterinary researchers at the University of California, Davis, are working to classify a newly observed bone fragility disorder that might prove to be the culprit behind some cases of intermittent chronic lameness that have no other explanation.... Read More

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Horse Industry Prompted to Get Involved in 2008 Elections

June 18, 2008

Although the United States presidential election will get the biggest headlines as November approaches, horse industry representatives were told June 17 they should pay attention to--and get involved in--congressional races around the country.... Read More

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10 Principles of Exercise Physiology

June 01, 2008

Basic principles you can apply to your everyday training to boost your horse�s performance.

Elite athletes are always looking for an edge over their competitors, and many times they find that edge by applying the science o... Read More

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Inside the Club Foot

May 01, 2008

A large majority of horses, regardless of breed, have a high-low foot syndrome where one front foot has a higher angle and different shape than the other. A close look at the characteristics of the high foot qualifies it as a club foot.... Read More

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Joints: It All Hinges on This

April 04, 2008

Proper movement of the horse is dependent on proper functioning of his joints.... Read More

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The Foreleg of the Horse: On The Forehand

April 04, 2008

Most of a horse’s weight is carried on its forelimbs. Good conformation will help ensure long-term soundness.... Read More

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The Horse's Hind Legs: The Perfect Engine

April 04, 2008

Good conformation of the horse's hind legs will contribute to more successful performance and a better ride. ... Read More