Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)


What's In Your Horse's DNA?

December 01, 2010

Geneticists have created tools and tests that enhance horse breeders' ability to select for healthy foals.... Read More


Equine Research Priorities

March 01, 2010

In 2009 the AAEP Foundation conducted a survey to assess the thoughts and opinions of the membership in defining and prioritizing the needs for equine health research. This followed an initial survey in 2003 to establish needs for equine research...... Read More


Arthrodesis of the Hock Joint

February 11, 2010

Osteoarthritis of the distal (lower) hock joints is a common performance problem in sport horses. ... Read More


Carpometacarpal Osteoarthritis in Horses Reviewed

January 09, 2010

Osteoarthritis of the carpometacarpal joint (the lower joint space of the knee in a horse's front leg) is a debilitating and life-threatening condition. However, surgically fusing the joint appears to be a viable treatment option in affected ... Read More


Osteochondrosis: Oral Hyaluronic Acid Study in Spain

November 18, 2009

An oral hyaluronan product in Spain didn't produce any improvement in horses with osteochondrosis says study. ... Read More


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


Blood Test in Young Foals Might Predict Osteochondrosis

March 02, 2008

Measurement of osteocalcin (a marker of joint metabolism) in 2-week-old foals might be useful for identifying foals at risk for developing osteochondrosis.

Osteochondrosis (OC) is a developmental orthopedic disease that results from a... Read More


Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More


Joint Authorities--Orthopedic State of the Art (BEVA 2007)

January 15, 2008

Two veterinarians compiled the latest on equine orthopedic topics and presented it to their colleagues at the 46th British Equine Veterinary Association Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland... Read More


BEVA 2007: Students Win Clinical Research Awards at BEVA

January 10, 2008

Each year at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress (BEVA), the organization awards prizes to top student presentations in the clinical research portion of the program. The 2007 award winners’ talks were both rooted in orthopedics,... Read More


Hitch in the Giddy-Up

June 01, 2007

Question: I have a Trakehner/Thoroughbred cross that starts flexing his hind legs rather noticeably when trotting and/or beginning to canter. He usually does not do this unless he gets excited in the trot, is striking off in the canter, or is ... Read More


Oral HA Reduces Post-Surgical Hock OCD Swelling

October 28, 2006

Both intra-articular (in the joint) and intravenous (in the vein) injections of hyaluronan (HA) have been proven effective in treating joint diseases, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) lesions, over the years. However, a relative newcomer... Read More


Joint Injury Prevention in Foals

November 29, 2005

Developmental and traumatic joint injuries are a significant problem in Thoroughbred foals. These injuries, such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) and fetlock joint lesions, often require costly medical treatment or surgical repair.... Read More


Equine Genetic Disease: Who's At Risk?

October 01, 2005

Many DNA sequence variations are fine; they just give rise to the broad spectrum of colors, sizes, and other characteristics we see in the horse population. Some variations, however, cause problems. These might range from a genetic predisposition... Read More


AAEP's Focus on Joints

August 02, 2004

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) held its annual Focus meeting on July 22-24 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky., to commemorate the first gathering of the group 50 years ago at that site. A plaque was given to the hotel... Read More


Diseases of Dietary Origin

March 01, 2004

The axiom, "You are what you eat" does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Although horses have evolved to eat plant material, not all plants are safe to eat. Some food substances directly exert toxic effects, while... Read More


Faulty Bone Formation

April 01, 2003

A disease that can be debilitating in young horses is osteochondrosis. This affliction has its genesis during the youngster's growing years and can compromise the horse's ability to perform later in life if it is not dealt with early.... Read More


Stifle Problems

September 01, 2001

It doesn't take much to spot a stifle problem: The telltale swelling in the stifle area is a big hint.... Read More


Equine Nutrition Education

July 01, 2001

A wide variety of equine nutritional topics was covered at the fourth annual Alltech Equine School April 25-28 in Lexington, Ky., sponsored by Alltech, a feed ingredient company in Nicholasville, Ky. Among the speakers was Harold Hintz, BS, PhD,... Read More


Ready, Steady, Grow--Feeding Young Horses

March 01, 2001

We don't have all of the answers when it comes to feeding young horses. A nutrition program that doesn't promote--and possibly helps prevent--developmental orthopedic disease (DOD), including osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), is critical at this... Read More


When Joints Fail: Osteochondrosis

October 01, 1999

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is an affliction, if left untreated, that can have long-term harmful effects on the young, growing horse as well as the performing or racing horse. OCD actually is a disease subset of osteochondrosis and... Read More



May 01, 1999

 A discussion of epiphysitis is anything but simple, straightforward, or lacking in complexity. To begin with, there is confusion and... Read More


Bone Cysts

November 01, 1997

The first thing to address in this story is that most "bone cysts" are not typically "cysts," by strict definition. The medical dictionary definition of a "cyst" is, "a structure lined with epithelium (a special cell type) and... Read More


Focus: Physitis

April 01, 1997

Developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) remains one of the top concerns of breeders worldwide. Not one condition, but rather a series of related syndromes, DOD encompasses anything that contributes to poor skeletal development in foals: angular... Read More


Flexural Deformities

March 01, 1997

It is a sad sight when it happens. The newly born foal struggles to its feet and stands there wobbling on forelimbs and/or hindlimbs that can't seem to bear the weight. There might be a knuckling over at the pastern with the foal literally... Read More