Midge Leitch, VMD, Dipl. ACVS

Midge Leitch, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, was a performance horse veterinarian, a member of the Section of Sports Medicine and Imaging at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet), and served as the Clinician in Radiology at Penn Vet's New Bolton Center, in Kennett Square. She died in 2014 after battling cancer.

Articles by: Midge Leitch, VMD, Dipl. ACVS

Walking the Line in Our Use of the Horse

Those of us who enjoy horses outside of their natural habitat often encounter a dilemma: Is the discipline or use we’ve selected for them “what is good for the horse”?

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Walking The Line (Our Appropriate–or Inappropriate–Use of The Horse)

Both science and society have a role in deciding what constitutes an appropriate level of animal welfare and the appropriate use of the horse. While science can determine what type or degree of animal welfare risk exists under specific circumstances, it cannot determine what type or degree of risk is acceptable–that is the question society answers.

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Hitch in the Giddy-Up

I have a Trakehner/Thoroughbred cross that starts flexing his hind legs rather noticeably when trotting

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Getting Back to Work

My 5-year-old mare has been suffering from an odd gait problem for a few weeks. She has been diagnosed with a form of tenosynovitis involving the tendon sheath of the digital deep flexor tendon in the area of the Achilles tendon above the hock.

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Do Horses Have Heart Attacks?

I read about horses dying of “heart attacks,” but I’ve had veterinarians tell me there’s no such thing as a horse having a heart attack. What are people talking about when they say a horse died of a heart attack?

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