Special Report: Preventing 3 Common Equine Joint Issues



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Joint issues often contribute to attrition and performance and welfare issues in athletic horses. Even when horses recover from joint trauma such as infection or fracture, osteoarthritis (OA) most assuredly follows.

In this special report we’ll describe common joint issues that can negatively affect a horse’s musculoskeletal health, ultimately leading to OA. We’ll also share ways to prevent these conditions and minimize horses’ risk of lifelong joint swelling, pain, decreased range of motion, and loss of function, focusing on those backed by scientific data.

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Written by:

Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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