Bone & Joint Problems

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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Preventing Bucked Shins

Shin soreness, or bucked shins, in Thoroughbred racehorses is a partly preventable condition according to a recent Australian study. Horses with shin soreness display signs of pain on the front of the shins between the knee and fetlock, said

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

There were a couple of take-home messages from Dyson’s presentation. One was that sacroiliac joint problems can dramatically compromise a horse’s ability to perform, and the other was that using an analgesic injection can be a valuable technique in diagnosing sacroiliac problems.

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Joint Maintenance (Book Excerpt)

There are a number of modes of therapy that can help maintain joint health and reduce pain associated with joint disease.

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pastern bone damage in sport horses; horse arena footing; How Uneven Feet Affect a Horse in Motion

Why Horses Stumble

There are many reasons a horse might stumble. Work with your veterinarian and farrier to determine the cause, since the onset of stumbling might indicate a shoeing/trimming problem, or could be a warning of serious health problems.

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Diseases of Dietary Origin

The axiom, “You are what you eat” does have relevance to horses with regard to health and well-being. Here’s a review some of the more common dietary problems that affect various organ systems in the horse.

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AAEP Preview: State of the Art Lecture

Innovation in equine medicine is the hallmark of the AAEP Convention’s State of the Art Lecture, and this year will be no different. David M. Nunamaker, VMD, Chairman and Jacques Jenny Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery of the New Bolton Center’s

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Training Young Horses

Dr. E.E. Watson was a veterinarian of some repute for many years in the Midwest during the middle decades of the 20th Century. He not only treated racehorses, but he bred them, owned them, and trained them. One year in the late 1950s, he had a

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Ain’t Doin’ Right Diagnostics

Many horses can be off in their performance, yet not show clinical signs of lameness. There might be no answers after the customary diagnostic work-up, leaving veterinarian and owner scratching their heads and looking for the next stop in the

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When Joints Fail: Osteochondrosis

Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) is an affliction, if left untreated, that can have long-term harmful effects on the young, growing horse as well as the performing or racing horse. OCD actually is a disease subset of osteochondrosis and

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Epiphysitis

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