Musculoskeletal System

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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

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Anatomy -- The Head and Neck

April 04, 2008

No matter the conformation of your chosen breed, the heads and necks of horses serve many purposes. ... Read More

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The Equine Back

April 04, 2008

A look at the equine back: structure, proper conformation, and some of the problems that can afflict it.... Read More

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Body Builders: Muscles

April 04, 2008

Part of the equine anatomy series, see how equine muscles function and are nourished as well as some problems.... Read More

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Tendons and Ligaments

April 04, 2008

We will concentrate on the tendons and ligaments in the limbs, especially the often-injured forelimbs.... Read More

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Anatomy and Physiology: Complete Series

April 04, 2008

A complete guide to the anatomy and physiology of the horse, with illustrations and practical applications.... Read More

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Pain in The Neck

December 01, 2007

A 10-year-old Icelandic gelding has a tendency to hold his head to the right while at a walk.... Read More

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Synovitis

November 01, 2007


Good synovial health is essential for proper joint function.

A horse's joints are subjected to stresses, pressures, and cyclic trauma every day of the animal's life. The greatest stres... Read More

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Sticky Stifles

October 01, 2007

My Thoroughbred's stifles have been making a popping noise for quite some time.... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Older Horses Part 4: Hoof and Joint Care

October 01, 2007

The aging process brings with it some inevitable changes in horses. ... Read More