The Foundation of Health

Secretariat, one of the most admired horses in recent years, was humanely destroyed in 1989 because of intractable laminitis. This devastating inflammation between the bone and hoof has been the finish of many horses, ever since the horse was

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Shockwave: Waves of the Future

A new method of treating orthopedic injuries in horses is gaining interest among veterinarians and horse owners. Veterinarians around the world are using extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and are encouraged by the results.

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Untimely End–Early Embryonic Death

Breeding horses can be both exhilarating and devastating. Wrapped up in the process are hopes, dreams, and visions of future greatness and glory. The hopes and dreams begin with the selection of a stallion for your special mare. You assess her

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The Equine Spine–Back To Work

First, how can we visualize and understand what’s going on under that hair, skin, and muscle? Denoix has diagnostic steps to examine a horse with performance problems that he believes might stem from the spine.

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Battling Bugs

Researchers soon will be able to track down disease-causing bacteria just like law enforcement officers match a criminal to a crime–by a method of fingerprinting. Officials at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratories (TVMDL) in

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Yearling Radiographic Studies

Radiographs of a yearling’s legs offer a unique glance into the horse’s athletic future, according to Albert Kane, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Biomedical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University

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Shock Wave Therapy Symposium To Be Held

Veterinarians will have the opportunity to learn about the physics and technology of Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) in Shelbyville, Kentucky on Saturday, March 3, 2001.

Studies on

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The Guttural Pouch: Friend or Foe?

The unique qualities of the horse can be a blessing or a curse. Sometimes, they can be both. Consider the peculiar guttural pouches. Present in only a few other animals, these structures are diverticula of the auditory (eustachian) tubes and,

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Endoscopic Exams Indicate Racing Potential

Recent research indicates that endoscopic examination of yearlings can help determine their eventual racing success. However, researchers also showed that certain abnormalities previously considered to be indicators of poor performance were not

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Foals Born From Frozen Eggs at Colorado State

The first foals produced from eggs that were harvested from a mare, frozen, then thawed, were born recently at Colorado State University’s Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory (ARBL). Researchers say this is an important breakthrough

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Embryo Transfer in Equine Breeding Programs

Once an experimental technology, embryo transfer has become an integral part of breeding programs throughout the world. Experience and technological improvements have made it a productive and relatively reliable procedure. Unlike the in-vitro

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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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Catastrophic Injuries

Catastrophic injuries, involving the fracture of a bone, take a heavy toll on racehorses in training and in competition. Research through the years has given the veterinary surgeon additional tools and knowledge to deal with these

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Hearing Heartbeats

To assist veterinarians in discerning normal from abnormal heart sounds, an interactive equine medical CD was created with recordings of 13 equine heart sounds and associated ultrasound images. The recordings include murmurs, atrial fibrillation

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