Bone & Joint Problems

Case Study: Fetlock Bone Chip

A Thoroughbred filly undergoes arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone chip from her left hind fetlock, increasing her chances of staying sound for horse racing. Dr. Chris Johnson of Woodford Equine Hospital in Versailles, Ky, explains the procedure.

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Lameness: Joints

During the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, veterinarians discussed the use of stem cells for arthritis in horses, irap vs. irapII, joint health supplements, TMJ disease, non-surgical pastern joint fusion, stifle abnormalities in cutting horses, and embryonic stem cells for tendon repair.

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Managing Joint Disease in the Sport Horse

It has been suggested that 60% of equine lameness problems are related to osteoarthritis, which stresses the importance of advancements of both medical & surgical treatment options.

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Equine Joint Supplements

Equine joint supplements have been purported to decrease inflammation, increase mobility, and more. This guide to equine joint supplements includes a seven-step quality evaluation process and tips for choosing a safe and effective product.

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Joint Structure and Function

A joint is defined as an anatomic union or junction between two or more bones. There are three basic types of joints in the horse: Synovial, fibrous, and cartilaginous.

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Nonsurgical Joint Therapies

New imaging technologies, such as MRI, CT, digital ultrasound, and nuclear scintigraphy, have helped us understand anatomy better and improved our ability to visualize joint injury. As a result, we’re now able to utilize nonsurgical joint therapies.

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Horses’ Sleep ‘Stay Apparatus’ Can Cause Limb to Lock

Having evolved to flee in an instant, horses are equipped with a “stay apparatus” that allows them to remain upright for long periods of time. But this mechanism isn’t foolproof and sometimes it causes more harm than good.

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Prevent Fractures in Horses: New Technology Could Help

Researchers at Purdue have designed wearable acoustic emission sensors, which could be used to monitor the formation of these microcracks in bones that can lead to hairline stress fractures unless detected in time. The technology might help prevent

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Joints: It All Hinges on This

There are 205 bones in the horse’s skeleton, and the spot where one or more bones join is the joint. This installment of the anatomy and physiology series focuses on these critical areas of movement.

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Anatomy and Physiology: Complete Series

Learn how your horse’s anatomy works with our complete anatomy and physiology guide, including basic terminology, skin, forelimbs, hindlimbs, feet/hooves, head and neck, tendons/ligaments, muscles, digestive, cardiovascular and reproductive systems.

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Good synovial health is essential for proper joint function.

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Growing Problems

Horse breeders have long known that problems can develop in the bones of young horses as they grow. The term developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) was coined in 1986 to encompass all orthopedic problems seen in the growing foal and has become

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