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Common Hoof Problems

October 18, 2011

Horse hooves can be plagued by many problems. Explore common hoof problems and learn how to prevent them. ... Read More

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Therapeutic Shoeing Part 1: Foot Fundamentals

September 01, 2011

Addressing the anatomy, conformation, and biomechanical principles of the equine foot.... Read More

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The Impact of Navicular Bone Shape and Fragments in Horses

August 11, 2011

Navicular bone shape and fragments found near it could help veterinarians better understand navicular disease.... Read More

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Navicular Disease: Possible New Treatment Option from Human Medicine

April 09, 2011

In certain cases of navicular disease, drilling a hole into the navicular bone--a procedure called core decompression that's commonly used to treat human osteonecrosis (bone death caused by poor blood supply to the area)--might provide a new ... Read More

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AAEP 2010 Convention Complete Coverage

March 17, 2011

A wrap-up of the 2010 AAEP Convention, including in-depth coverage of nearly 100 presentations and sessions.... Read More

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Sidebone and Coffin Bone Fractures (AAEP 2010)

January 25, 2011

When it comes to lame horses, things aren't always simple--the injuries/problems don't always come one at a time. Take sidebone, for example--in a recent study presented at the 2010 the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention (held... Read More

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Equine Navicular Disease

January 01, 2011

The navicular bone, a small, boat-shaped bone nestled deep in the protective womb of the hoof, only measures approximately 6 cm wide and 2 cm deep (top to bottom) in an average 1,200-pound horse, so how can such a small bone be such a nuisance?... Read More

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Navicular Disease: Researchers Identify Potential Genes Involved

December 22, 2010

A team of German researchers might have pinpointed the genes responsible in part for the development of navicular disease as the result of a study of Hanoverian Warmbloods. ... Read More

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Chips Off the Navicular Bone Not Uncommon, But Do They Cause Lameness?

October 04, 2010

Bone fragments are seen in lame and non-lame horses, which makes it difficult to determine if they matter. ... Read More

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Smaller Endoscopes Lead to Less Invasive Navicular Treatment

August 15, 2010

A novel twist to an existing surgical procedure creates new opportunities for healing navicular horses. ... Read More

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TheHorse.com Presents Ask the Vet LIVE Q&A: Common Hoof Problems

August 14, 2010

Thrush, underrun heels, hoof cracks, and laminitis, oh my! Today's horses can face many common hoof problems, whether the animals are pasture pets or high-level competition horses. Join us on Monday, Aug. 16, for a live chat event on hoof problems.... Read More

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Isoxsuprine (Book Excerpt)

July 26, 2010

Isoxsuprine is most frequently used in horses for the management of navicular disease and laminitis although it is not a universally accepted treatment. Some veterinarians believe it helps, and others remain skeptical. This is partly because there ha... Read More

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Navicular Syndrome Management Reviewed

March 10, 2010

Because navicular problems might affect soft tissue as well as bone, MRI is a better diagnostic tool than X ray in these cases, said Robert K. Schneider, DVM, MS, professor at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and part... Read More

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Navicular Disease Treatment Easier for Horses and Vets

March 02, 2010

Instead of injecting the steroid triamcinolone acteonide directly into the navicular bursa, which can be technically demanding, veterinarians can instead inject the coffin joint and still potentially manage horses affected by navicular syndrome... Read More

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Therapeutic Shoeing of Horses Discussed at AAEP

February 22, 2010

A Table Topic of veterinarians at the American Association of Equine Practitioners 2009 convention chose to discuss applications of the heart bar shoe; the Nolan Plate system, including what it is and how it works; shoeing after deep flexor ten... Read More

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Firocoxib Dose for Navicular Pain and Osteoarthritis Established

July 08, 2009

When it comes to pain management in horses, the words "osteoarthritis" and "phenylbutazone" seem to work in tandem. But not all veterinarians are sold on the routine use of this drug in horses. Phenylbutazone is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory... Read More

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Navicular Disease: Research Needed to Better Understand

April 29, 2009

More complex than once thought, navicular disease involves multiple structures of the hoof and lower leg.... Read More

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How to Take Foot Radiographs (AAEP 2008)

April 06, 2009

Radiographs provide information for making diagnoses, planning treatments, and guiding trimming and shoeing. The quality of the radiographs and the final product generated are dependent on the preparation of the foot, the position of the foot... Read More

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Navicular Bursa Injections (AAEP 2008)

March 30, 2009

When a horse has pain in the rear half of the foot, injection of the navicular bursa (sac cushioning the navicular bone from the deep digital flexor tendon) is often considered as a treatment option. Corticosteroids (to control inflammation)... Read More

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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

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MRI Diagnostics: Uses and Limitations

January 05, 2009

MRI uses magnetic fields to create various types of cross-sectional and three-dimensional images.... Read More

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Investigating Palmar Foot Pain

September 01, 2008

“We have two papers that will be published this year comparing horses without radiographic changes that were diagnosed by MRI with damage in the heel region,” says Sarah Sampson, DVM, of Washington State University.

“We looked at 72... Read More

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Cases that Mimic Navicular Disease

September 01, 2008

"With MRI we've found horses with coffin bone fractures that weren't visible on X rays, but were treated like navicular horses because they blocked to the heel," says Sarah Sampson, DVM, of Washington State University. "If these are managed like... Read More