Pain Management

Broodmare sniffs a video camera at Woodford Equine Hospital.

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Tackling Tendon and Ligament Injuries

June 03, 2011

The latest therapies for injured tendons and ligaments focus on rebuilding tissue to its original strength.... Read More

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Ask the Vet Live Q&A: Conditioning Horses Now Available

May 31, 2011

TheHorse.com's Ask the Vet LIVE event on conditioning horses was held on May 26, and the recording is now ... Read More

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KEDRC Involved in Race-Day Medication Issue

May 27, 2011

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council (KEDRC), citing its statutory mission, will be involved in the horse... Read More

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Race Day Medication Summit to be Held at Belmont Park

May 19, 2011

The "International Summit on Race Day Medication, EIPH, and the Racehorse" will begin June 13 at Belmont Park.... Read More

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Breeders' Incentive, Racehorse Safety Discussed at Meeting

May 19, 2011

Kentucky Thoroughbred Breeders' Incentive Fund and racehorse safety discussed at May 18 meeting.... Read More

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Santa Anita Dirt Track to Undergo Renovation

May 18, 2011

Forty horses were removed from the new dirt track by ambulance during the Dec. 26-April 17 race meeting.... Read More

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Regenerative Medicine Seminar for Horse Owners Scheduled

May 16, 2011

"The Horse Owner's Guide to Regenerative Medicine" will take place June 4 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., in Lexington... Read More

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Physical Conditioning Important for Previously Idle Horses

May 15, 2011

In movies it is not unusual to see a cowboy ride his horse forever, through all types of weather and terrain; in reality, horses are equine athletes that must be properly conditioned to perform as needed. "The general design of an equine conditioning... Read More

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MSU Chief Works to Restore Ex-Racehorses' Health

May 13, 2011

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has named John Stick, DVM, the chief of staff at Michigan State University's (MSU) Large Animal Teaching Hospital, April's honored practitioner for the Good Works for Horses campaign. Since 1999... Read More

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Racehorse Drug Summit Set for June 13-14

May 12, 2011

The "International Summit on Race Day Medication, Exercised-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH), and the Racehorse" has been scheduled for June 13-14 in New York City. The event is jointly sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners... Read More

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Kentucky Derby: Archarcharch, Battle of Hastings Doing Well After Surgery

May 09, 2011

Archarcharch and Battle of Hastings, two of the horses injured during the Kentucky Derby day races at Churchill Downs, are both doing well after surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Both surgeries took place May 8.... Read More

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Kentucky Derby 2011: Toby's Corner Out of Consideration

May 03, 2011

Toby's Corner, the Thoroughbred colt who handed possible Derby favorite Uncle Mo his only career loss in the Resorts Casino New York Wood Memorial, has been withdrawn from the May 7 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, taking place at Churchill ... Read More

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Probable Kentucky Oaks Favorite R Heat Lightning Withdrawn

May 02, 2011

E. Paul Robsham Stable's homebred Thoroughbred filly R Heat Lightning, the probable favorite in the May 6 Kentucky Oaks (the first leg of the Filly Triple Crown held the day before the Kentucky Derby), has been withdrawn from the race after heat was ... Read More

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CHRB Takes Action On Equine Safety Measures

April 30, 2011

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) took a swing at a number of equine safety measures during its April 28 meeting at Hollywood Park, including another try at a rule to void the claim of a horse that suffers a fatality during the race. ... Read More

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American Event Horse Mandiba Suffers Broken Rib

April 25, 2011

Mandiba, an 11-year-old Irish Thoroughbred gelding ridden by American Olympic veteran Karen O'Connor, suffered a broken rib while competing in the cross-country phase at the Badminton Horse Trials in Badminton, England, April 24. The horse is ... Read More

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Thoroughbred Trainers Against Potential Ban on Anti-Bleeder Medications

April 13, 2011

Saying they support efforts to limit race-day medications, two prominent Thoroughbred trainers say they hope the initiatives do not go so far as to ban use of the anti-bleeder drug furosemide (Salix).
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CHRB Targets Equine Injury Detection, Safer Track Surfaces

April 11, 2011

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) is planning to expand its well-regarded equine postmortem examination program into part of a new racetrack injury prevention plan in conjunction with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). During a ... Read More

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Link Between Chronic Pain and Aggression in Horses Identified

April 11, 2011

Anyone who's suffered from chronic aches and pains will likely say the ever-present irritation can put a damper on their day, possibly even making them cranky. But is the same true for horses? A group of French researchers recently completed a study ... Read More

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Top Show Jumper Sapphire Injured

March 31, 2011

American show jumper McLain Ward's long-time partner Sapphire, a 16-year-old Belgian warmblood mare, strained her right front check ligament while training in Florida last week and will miss the remainder of the 2011 show season.
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Pain Management Options for Horses

March 23, 2011

Methods of managing pain in horses range from non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use and opioids to alpha-2 agonists and ketamine, among others. Over the years, experience and research have helped veterinarians determine which of these are most ... Read More

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Treating Severe Forelimb Pain With a Continuous Nerve Blockade (AAEP 2010)

March 16, 2011

Veterinarians can reduce a horse's severe forelimb pain by administering a continuous, low-dose infusion of the local anesthetic bupivacaine, but this method is not suitable for every case, according to researchers from Cornell University's College ... Read More

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UC Davis Banks Foals' Umbilical Cords for Future Stem Cell Treatment

March 11, 2011

Horse owners now have the opportunity to collect umbilical cord tissue immediately after a foal is born and save it as a future source of therapeutic stem cells through the Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at University of California, Davis ... Read More

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Economic Impact of Osteoarthritis and Joint Health Supplements (AAEP 2010)

March 08, 2011

Osteoarthritis is expensive to manage, with estimated annual costs as high as $10,000-15,000 per horse to diagnose, treat, and medicate, explained Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, director of the Orthopedic Research Center at Colo... Read More

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'Embryonic' Stem Cells and Tendonitis Repair (AAEP 2010)

March 07, 2011

Embryonic stem cells (ESCs, cells derived from embryos or generated using genetic means) have improved growth potential and are pluripotent, meaning they can form any tissue type to produce optimal healing. Unlike stem cells derived from an adult ... Read More

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Rehabilitating After Injury With Mobilization (AAEP 2010)

February 26, 2011

Early mobilization during acute healing phases increases blood and lymph flow and increases tissue tension to stimulate tissue repair and improve tissue alignment. Early mobilization produced a 60% improvement in tendon Type 1 collagen deposition ... Read More