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Christy M. West

Christy West has a BS in Equine Science from the University of Kentucky, and an MS in Agricultural Journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Articles by Christy M. West

Subfertile Breeding Stallions: Management Strategies (AAEP 2010)

“Stallions do not become sires because of reproductive capability,” began Dickson Varner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACT, professor of large animal medicine and surgery at Texas A&M University. “They’re selected based on performance, pedigree, and conformation–reproductive ability is last. The equine breeding industry abounds with stallions whose level of fertility is less than optimal.” Varner discussed

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Hoof Cracks, Wounds, and More Discussed at Farrier Session (AAEP 2010)

“No foot, no horse” is perhaps the most used and still the most true statement there is in horse care. A horse is generally worthless without functional feet, which is why the American Association of Equine Practitioners devoted a complete day during the 2010 convention (held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md.) to farriery topics and the working relationship between veterinarians and farriers.

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Assisted Reproduction in Horses: Practical Usage (AAEP 2010)

Technology is an amazing thing–especially technology that allows veterinarians to produce live foals from horses with very poor fertility and even from those that have died. A number of assisted reproductive technologies for horses have been optimized for commercial use, and veterinarians discussed these in detail during the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held

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Foot Pain in Horses: Diagnosing Soft Tissue Problems (AAEP 2010)

When pain is localized to the foot but no abnormalties can be seen on radiographs (often called X rays), problems in soft tissues within the foot are often the culprit. However, imaging soft tissues in the foot to arrive at a diagnosis can be challenging, especially when magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is not available or financially feasible. At the 2010 American Association of Equine

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Sidebone and Coffin Bone Fractures (AAEP 2010)

When it comes to lame horses, things aren’t always simple–the injuries/problems don’t always come one at a time. Take sidebone, for example–in a recent study presented at the 2010 the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention (held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md.) researchers described a series of cases with sidebone, coffin bone fractures, and associated soft tissue problems.

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Stifle Abnormalities in Cutting Horses: Not So Bad, Says Study (AAEP 2010)

Radiographs of a horse’s limb joints are an important part of the pre-purchase examination for any performance prospect; the goal is to find any problems that might cause lameness down the road. However, it appears that in cutting horses at least, certain lesions seen on radiographs of the stifle joint just don’t hurt a horse’s performance as much as many have thought. Myra Barrett, DVM, MS, Dipl.

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Detomidine Sedation and Eye Pressure in Horses (AAEP 2010)

If your horse has to be sedated, the effect of that sedative on the fluid pressure within his eyes (intraocular pressure) might be the last thing you’re worried about. Unless, of course, he is being sedated for an eye procedure–then this issue becomes quite important. At the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., one veterinarian discussed

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Vitamin E for Neurologic Disease in Horses (AAEP 2010)

You might already know that vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes and tissues from damage by reactive free radical molecules. You might even know that it’s been recommended to help treat several neurologic diseases in horses. But did you also know that just feeding vitamin E might not be enough, and that having the right source of that vitamin E is also key?

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