Recovering from Injury & Surgery

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After Successful Surgery, Barbaro's Chances Remain a "Coin Toss"

May 21, 2006

Veterinary surgeon Dean Richardson and trainer Michael Matz flashed smiles during a press briefing that followed afternoon-long surgery Sunday to repair the right hind ankle of classic winner Barbaro that was severely injured one day earlier in... Read More

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Recovering from Sesamoiditis

April 01, 2006

Q: Two weeks after my sister bought a 10-year-old gelding, he started head-bobbing at the trot. Many veterinary exams, farrier visits, and six months later, we found sesamoid problems on both forelimbs. Can the sesamoid bones be... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: How to Use a Head and Tail Rope for Recovery

February 17, 2006

Recovery from anesthesia after surgery can be a dangerous time for a horse as he struggles to his feet upon waking, often disoriented by unfamiliar surroundings and lingering incoordination. One way to help decrease injuries or re-injuries from... Read More

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Filly with Burned Tail Fully Recovered

January 06, 2006

A 2-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse filly near Fayetteville, N.C., has recovered completely from an attack last August in which her tail was set on fire and later had to be amputated. According to the horse's owner and veterinarian, a drainage... Read More

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Broken Legs Aren't Death

January 01, 2006

Looking at a horse's delicate limbs, it's a wonder that those bones can put up with any sort of pressure at all. Equine bones are very tough, but fractures still happen. When they do, even the most stoic of horse owners can feel desperate. But a... Read More

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Fractured Ribs in Foals

January 01, 2006

Surgically repairing or stabilizing fractured ribs in a newborn foal can reduce the risk of further complications such as puncturing a vital organ, say Robert Hunt, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, and Fairfield Bain, DVM, MBA, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVP, ACVECC. Th... Read More

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Filly's Damaged Ear Repaired With Surgery

January 01, 2006

Horses' ears are designed for distinguishing fine sounds, protecting sensitive inner ear structures, and communicating with herdmates. An 18-month-old Belgian Warmblood filly's ear was injured (likely on a fence), resulting in the ear bending... Read More

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Pelvic Fracture

December 01, 2005

Q: My 6-year-old mare suffered a pelvic fracture from a pasture accident five months ago. My veterinarian examined her and prescribed stall rest. What timeframe can I expect for starting light exercise and how can I tell if she... Read More

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Filly Recovering from Tail Burning and Amputation

November 01, 2005

"I knew right away that it was definitely a burn," stated Brian K. Garrett, DVM, of Animal Hospital of Fayetteville in Fayetteville, N.C., Dixie's treating veterinarian. Trespassers maliciously burned the 2-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse filly's... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy for Pain Relief and Healing

November 01, 2005

In a recently completed study involving navicular cases, Byron found lameness in horses undergoing extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) treatment averaged improvement of about one lameness grade. ... Read More

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Dreams Can Come True

October 01, 2005

Soñador is Spanish for "dreamer," the title of a movie opening this month that sounds like a natural fit for horse lovers. According to information from DreamWorks, Dreamer's writer/producer John Gatins grew up loving racehorses, and wondering... Read More

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Filly Recovering after Tail Amputation

September 15, 2005

Dixie, the Spotted Saddle Horse filly had her tail amputated on Sept. 1, 2005, after trespassers ignited and burned her tail on Aug. 19. To see pictures of the tail amputation Read More

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Filly Recovering from Tail Burning Incident

August 31, 2005

"Her tail is just barely hanging on," says Vonda Hamilton of Dixie, her 2-year-old Spotted Saddle Horse filly whose tail was ignited and burned by trespassers during the night of Aug. 19 near Erwin, N.C. Hamilton is treating the filly's tail and... Read More

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Aggressive Treatment Key to Afleet Alex's Recovery

August 10, 2005

As Afleet Alex walked the shedrow for the second of three times Tuesday morning (Aug. 9), his ears were up and he was looking for peppermints from trainer Tim Ritchey. It was obvious the colt was happy being out of his stall and walking... Read More

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Prosthetics: Science, Not Science Fiction

July 01, 2005

There is a roadside pasture in Pullman, Wash., where a black Quarter Horse stallion has been known to stop traffic. It's not simply the pastoral beauty of a handsome horse in a natural setting that draws attention. Rather, it's that this... Read More

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Leg Injury Rehabilitation

July 01, 2005

When your veterinarian informs you that your 6-year-old gelding has sustained a suspensory ligament injury in his left foreleg, your heart sinks. Not only are you concerned about the amount of pain and suffering your horse will endure in the... Read More

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Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery

April 26, 2005

"A simple heel bulb laceration may look like a regular 'nothing' cut, but it could be life-threatening if it's in the coffin joint, so you need to get it evaluated right away," said Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, while describing a... Read More

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Decreasing Abdominal Adhesions

April 01, 2005

Post-operative abdominal adhesions are a significant problem in horses, as they can lead to intestinal obstruction or strangulation. In recent years, a laparoscope is used to look into the abdomen and break down any adhesions that have formed... Read More

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Feeding Ill Horses

March 03, 2005

When you're feeling under the weather, sometimes all you want is a nice, hot bowl of chicken soup. Other times, you might hunger for a full-course meal of roast beef, mashed potatoes, and steaming green beans. Even a mild injury that keeps you... Read More

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Going Under

March 01, 2005

If you're like most horse owners, the idea of surgery performed on your beloved animal is unpleasant at best, terrifying at worst. Those fears are not unfounded. Because of the species' size and weight, their physiological reactions to many... Read More

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Equine Anesthesia (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Since then, more advanced drugs including new inhalant anesthetics have been developed to reduce stress on horses being put under anesthesia, and during recovery. Since the 1980s, research into the importance of monitoring blood pressure, respiration... Read More

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Wound Management Recommendations

February 11, 2005

Stashak says many of the newer dressings are designed to create a moist wound healing environment, which allows the wound fluids to remain in contact with wound. A moist wound that is free of infection provides an environment rich in white blood cell... Read More

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Postoperative Colic Survival

January 18, 2005

Can a practitioner predict a horse's chances of survival after colic surgery? Not with absolute certainty, but several factors can help that prediction, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, associate professor of equine surgery at Nort... Read More

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Nutrition During Stall Rest

January 01, 2005

I purchased a 3-year-old Thoroughbred gelding with a fractured knee. My veterinarian put him on lay-up for an additional four months of stall rest (he has already had two months) with hand walking twice a day. Then, after additional X rays, he i... Read More

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Should the Screw Stay In?

January 01, 2005

My 2-year-old filly clipped a fence post in a pasture eight months ago. The result was a slab fracture of the right hind long pastern bone. My vet attempted to repair it with a screw, which failed to hold the fragment in place, so I opted to... Read More