The DIY Test for SI Disease


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When covering veterinary conferences, there’s always that one presentation that stands out among the rest. At the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention held this past December, that presentation for me was one Dr. Rob van Wessum gave on detecting sacroiliac disease (SI) in horses. It was incredibly practical, presented in an easy-to-understand manner, and included lots of imagery and videos, yay!

If a horse’s haunches make a smaller circle than the rest of the body when longed, he might be showing signs of SI disease.

Photo: Kevin Thompson/TheHorse

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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