Recovering from Injury & Surgery


Alleviating Acute and Chronic Hind Limb Pain

January 31, 2004

Musculoskeletal pain associated with acute and chronic hind limb injuries is common in equine practice. Unabated pain can result in complications such as gastrointestinal disorders and supporting limb laminitis. Pain management is critical to decreas... Read More


Surgery for Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate

January 31, 2004

Dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP) occurs when the palate partially obstructs the airway by becoming displaced on top of the epiglottis. This obstruction can affect breathing, especially during intense exercise.... Read More


Remaining Saddlebred Recovering Well

August 12, 2003

Cats Don't Dance, the remaining injured Saddlebred under veterinary treatment at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Associates in Lexington, Ky., is recovering well and might be returning home sometime next week, according to his treating... Read More


Hospitalized Saddlebred Continues to Heal

July 30, 2003

The one sabotaged Saddlebred still under treatment is recovering well, according to two veterinarians who have been treating the horse at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) Associates in Lexington, Ky. However, they cannot say the gelding is... Read More


Catastrophic Wounds and Treatments

July 22, 2003

Two novel methods of wound treatment were used on five valuable American Saddlebreds attacked and injected with an unknown caustic substance in the back of their left front pasterns on June 30. The tissue in the injected area became necrotic... Read More


Risks of General Anesthesia

July 01, 2003

Q: Are there health risks simply from the anesthesia for a horse undergoing surgery? If so, what are these risks, and how common are complications from them?        via e-mail... Read More


Saddlebred Attacks

July 01, 2003

In a malicious attack that garnered nationwide news coverage, five top American Saddlebreds were injected with an unknown, necrotizing (tissue-killing) substance the weekend of June 28-29, 2003, at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. These... Read More


Caring for a Newly Blind Horse

April 01, 2003

Q. We have a 19-year-old Appaloosa gelding that is going blind fast from a genetic disease. He is not coping with it well; he stumbles around, runs into things, leaves the herd, then gets confused and panics. Any advice or... Read More


AAEP 2002: Surgery

February 04, 2003

The surgery session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention covered a variety of subjects that ranged from using a laser to cauterize displaced soft palates to administering butorphanol for 24 hours to ameliorate... Read More


AAEP 2002: Kester News Hour

February 03, 2003

Probably the best-attended session of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) annual convention, the Kester News Hour provides brief reports of studies that were too new or too brief to be included in the longer scientific... Read More


Surgical Removal of Bone Spurs Caused by Bit Damage

January 21, 2003

If your horse is tossing his head or hanging his tongue out while being ridden, going “behind the vertical,” or bearing into the bit, then bone spurs might be the reason. Bone spurs are inflammations of the membrane of fibrous connective tissue... Read More


Prepping for Standing Eye Surgery (AAEP 2002)

January 08, 2003

"However, there are challenges with standing ocular (eye) surgery--you generally need magnification, and thus the horse must be perfectly still," he continued. "Many (eye) procedures thus require general anesthesia. But with appropriate tranquilizati... Read More


Stretching Out the Kinks

December 01, 2002

There's nothing like a good stretch--when you wake up in the morning, during breaks at work, or before and after your workout. In human physiology, we know about stretching and its benefits for the athlete. Many practitioners and physical... Read More


Actinobacillus Species Resistance

November 20, 2002

A retrospective study at the University of Pennsylvania showed a possible pattern of resistance to antibiotics by the isolates. During the five-year study period, 1,604 horses underwent “clean” elective surgical procedures. Of those, 23 (1.43%)... Read More


IV Complications

May 01, 2002

Any horse with an indwelling IV catheter should be monitored closely for the swelling and/or thick, rope-like consistency of a vein with thrombosis or thrombophlebitis. Catching any vein problem early and treating it minimizes the risk of serious pro... Read More


Small Intestinal Colic Surgery and Predicting Survival

April 03, 2002

While surgical correction of colic in horses has been performed at referral hospitals for many years, it has been difficult for horse owners to get reliable information about survival rate. The prospect of extremely expensive colic surgery... Read More


Slew's Successful Surgery

March 06, 2002

Seattle Slew underwent surgery to fuse two arthritic joints in his neck on Saturday, March 2.... Read More


John Henry Back Home

February 05, 2002

Two-time Horse of the Year John Henry, who underwent colic surgery Jan. 25 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, arrived back home at the Kentucky Horse Park Feb. 4. "He was given a clean bill of health, and everyone is happy... Read More


Veterinary Schools Get Anderson Sling

February 01, 2002

A newly purchased Anderson sling will provide improved support for horses recovering from neurological problems or surgery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. Oregon State University's veterinary school recently... Read More


John Henry Recovering From Colic Surgery

January 29, 2002

John Henry, the former leading money-earner in Thoroughbred racing who has been a popular attraction at the Kentucky Horse Park since his arrival in 1985, is recuperating from colic surgery performed Jan. 25 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee... Read More


Tibial Tuberosity Fracture: Treatment Comparison Study

January 03, 2002

Fractures of the tibial tuberosity often occur as a result of direct trauma, such as hitting the stifle on a fence while jumping, or as an avulsion injury (the tearing away of part of the structure) caused by slipping on ice. When a fracture... Read More


Slings for Horses--Getting A Lift

June 01, 2001

Rescuers can employ equine-specific manufactured slings, or fabricate a temporary sling from rope or a fire hose. A sling gives rescuers mechanical advantage--it can help them move a horse up an inclined plane (dragging up a ramp) or get a horse out ... Read More


Tendon Injuries: Treatments and Prevention

September 01, 2000

Tendon injuries quickly can end a performance horse's career. There are no definitive statistics concerning how many horses in the world suffer from tendon injuries of some sort, but the number is considerable. The most common injury is the one... Read More


Diagnon Corporation Announces Introduction Of Eqstend

October 27, 1999

Diagnon Corporation announced the introduction of Eqstend, a partially purified equine albumin, at the Bluegrass Equine Critical Care Symposium in Lexington, Ky., Oct. 25-26. Albumin is the main protein, of three blood plasma proteins, whic... Read More


The Power of Hydrotherapy

June 01, 1999

There's something almost spiritual about the healing properties of water. Humans have used this life-giving liquid to encourage healing, in themselves and in their horses, since the dawn of time. Water cleanses (in fact, several of the world's... Read More