Limitations of Diagnostic Ultrasound of Bowed Tendons

March 01, 2002

Diagnostic ultrasound has become a popular means of monitoring the healing of superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) injuries, also known as bowed tendons. As image analysis software has been developed, the technique has become more widespread... Read More


Reproduction Symposium

November 02, 2001

Veterinarians were offered a unique experience at the Bluegrass Equine Reproduction Symposium. This meeting was for practitioners who wanted to learn more about state-of-the-art technology and practices in equine reproduction, and offered not... Read More


Ultrasound Seminar At CIRALE

November 02, 2001

Ultrasound isn't just for prenatal examinations anymore. In the veterinary community in the past year, emphasis has been placed on ultrasound diagnosis of injuries, and this has been reflected in seminars all over the world. More than 20... Read More


Enteritis: Getting To The Guts

November 02, 2001

Byars and Collatos covered diagnostic techniques and treatments for enteritis. Byars discussed causes and symptoms, and touched on promising ways to diagnose and determine whether the treatment should include surgery.... Read More


Reproductive Challenges: Barren Mares

October 16, 2001

The anticipation and jubilation surrounding the arrival of the first foals of the new year have come for many of us. It is interesting how transient that celebration is. In fact, we are applauding Mother Nature and the victories of last year's... Read More


Mare Study Preliminary Results Are Encouraging

September 07, 2001

There are no significant differences between mares bred in Kentucky and mares bred in Florida, according to the preliminary results of a study that was designed to determine the effects of mare reproductive loss system (MRLS). Tom Riddle, DVM,... Read More


Foal/Fetal Losses: Keeping Watch

August 24, 2001

Several reproductive specialists at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., are following about 100 pregnant mares. These are mares from farms which were either affected or unaffected by foal/fetal losses this spring... Read More


Deadly Spring Syndromes

July 01, 2001

Good news travels fast in the horse business; bad news travels even faster. In the case of an outbreak of mysterious early fetal loss and late-gestation foal loss, cooperation and quick sharing of information served to help researchers... Read More


Central Kentucky Pericarditis Cases: Nearly 60

June 14, 2001

The incidence of known pericarditis cases in Central Kentucky has reached nearly 60 horses. At least a dozen horses have died because of the condition, which produces inflammation of, and fluid in, the sac surrounding the... Read More


Cloudy Fetal Fluids

June 04, 2001

Cloudy placental fluids and disturbances in the placental membranes were seen on ultrasound before many of the mares lost their pregnancies. Some mares that had these symptoms did not lose their pregnancies... Read More

Straw, the byproduct of grain production, is economical horse bedding. While it’s not as absorbent as other options, straw is often recommended for foaling stalls because it won’t stick to wet newborns.


Equine Reproduction--The Essential Elements

June 01, 2001

Learn the basics of reproduction in the horse and how to use them to you the best results.... Read More


Dr. Tom Riddle: One Practitioner's Experience With Foal Loss Problem

May 18, 2001

I have been asked to speak about my experience with the recent early fetal loss syndrome in Central Kentucky. I saw my first two cases on April 26 when I was asked to fetal sex six mares on a farm in Jessamine County. Fetal sexing... Read More


Untimely End--Early Embryonic Death

April 01, 2001

Breeding horses can be both exhilarating and devastating. Wrapped up in the process are hopes, dreams, and visions of future greatness and glory. The hopes and dreams begin with the selection of a stallion for your special mare. You assess her... Read More


The Trouble With Twins

March 01, 2001

Breeders should endeavor to remove one of the twin embryos early in pregnancy.... Read More


Ain't Doin' Right Diagnostics

January 01, 2001

Many horses can be off in their performance, yet not show clinical signs of lameness. There might be no answers after the customary diagnostic work-up, leaving veterinarian and owner scratching their heads and looking for the next stop in the... Read More


Filly or Colt? Find Out Before It's Born

January 01, 2001

Knowing the gender of a foal before it is born helps the horse owner or breeder better manage several different aspects of the horse business. This new management tool is very safe, accurate, and can be incorporated into most breeding programs... 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


Shed Ready? Breeding Soundness Exam

March 01, 2000

Reproduction, from Nature’s viewpoint, is a pretty straightforward procedure that begins with breeding and ends with parturition. From the horse owner’s viewpoint, it isn’t all that simple or easy. Many things can happen between those two points... Read More


Dealing With Sand Colic

February 01, 2000

Prompt diagnosis and treatment can ensure that a mild colic doesn't become a fatal colic.... Read More


100 Years of Horse Health Care

January 01, 2000

Standing on the fresh field of a brand new century, we look eagerly-if sometimes cautiously-toward the horizon and the unknown future awaiting us. We hope that, in the months and years to come, we will solve problems long puzzled over and finish... Read More


Equine Fetal Sex Determination

April 01, 1999

Knowledge of a fetus’ sex enables the horse owner or breeder to manage several  different aspects of his or her horse business better. For example, the value of a foal frequently is influenced by its gender, depending on its sire or dam.... Read More


Early Embryonic Death

March 01, 1999

For all horse breeders, it is important to realize that not every mare will give birth to a live foal. Failure of the pregnancy can occur at any stage starting from the fertilization of the oocyte or egg. The oocyte develops in the fluid- filled... Read More


Diagnostic Overview

February 01, 1999


Scintigraphy is a technique in which an injected form of radioisotope can be imaged by a gamma camera, which takes "pictures" of the radiation given off by the isotope. As the isotope travels and is absorbe... Read More


Sound and Pictures

February 01, 1998

One of the most significant advances in equine management in recent years has been the advent of ultrasonography, or ultrasound. Through this technology, which bounces repeating sound waves off tissues and structures in the horse's body and... Read More



July 01, 1997

Tendinitis is a troublesome disorder for many owners and trainers of highly competitive horses. In fact, some horsemen feel injury to the tendons and ligaments threatens an equine athlete's career more than fractures. The "bowed... Read More