Understanding Equine Movement Disorders

More research is needed to fully understand equine movement disorders such as shivers and stringhalt.
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Editor’s note: This article is part of TheHorse.com’s ongoing coverage of topics presented at the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held May 30 – June 2 in New Orleans, La.


While some equine gait irregularities can go unnoticed by the untrained eye, most equine movement disorders, such as shivers and stringhalt, are obvious.

At the 2012 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine Forum, held May 30-June 2 in New Orleans, La., Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, ACVSMR, reviewed what researchers know about equine movement disorders and what they’re still trying to understand.

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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