Stress Testing

For a horse to perform well as an athlete, all body systems must be in good working order. When one or more system breaks down, the horse is no longer able to perform to its potential, and the owner, rider, and trainer will notice a decline in”P>For a horse to perform well as an athlete, all body systems must be in good working order. When one or more system breaks down”>For a hors

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Teaching From Life

As a horse owner, have you ever wondered exactly what something looks like inside your animal? Have you considered what your veterinarian went through to learn? Veterinary and animal science students can tell you that it isn’t always pleasant to

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Wind Soundness Exam Studies

Thoroughbred yearlings sold at public auction here and abroad often are subject to endoscopic examination of their upper respiratory tracts. Veterinarians and potential buyers are looking for evidence of deformities that could affect the ability

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Tendon Injuries: Treatments and Prevention

Tendon injuries quickly can end a performance horse’s career. There are no definitive statistics concerning how many horses in the world suffer from tendon injuries of some sort, but the number is considerable. The most common injury is the one

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Heads Up! Loose Horse!

Here we go again! California is trying to pass legislation that on the surface appears to be a good thing, but, in reality, will cause harm to our horses. It got through the Assembly without anyone in the horse industry knowing much about what”P>Here we go again! California is trying to pass legislation that on the surface appears to be a good thing, but, in reality, will cause harm to our horses. It got”>Here we go again! California is trying to pass legislation that on the surface ap”He

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Alternative Therapies: Quality or Quackery?

In spite of (or perhaps because of) the ongoing debate about the merits of chiropractic, acupuncture, and other alternative treatments, these and other modalities are exploding in popularity. First embraced by human medicine, methods ranging from”n spite of (or perhaps because of) the ongoing debate about the merits of chiropractic, acupuncture, and other alternative treatments” spite of (or perhaps b

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Coffin Bone Fractures, injury risk in harness racing horses

Coffin Bone Fractures

My horse has been diagnosed with a fractured coffin bone. What could have caused it, and what is the prognosis?

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Artificial Insemination For Horses

Artificial insemination of equines has been around a long time and, through the years, has had a profound impact on the horse industry. Most of the impact has been of the positive variety, but there also have been some negatives. Just when

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100 Years of Horse Health Care

Standing on the fresh field of a brand new century, we look eagerly-if sometimes cautiously-toward the horizon and the unknown future awaiting us. We hope that, in the months and years to come, we will solve problems long puzzled over and finish

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Gait Analysis

Ever since the 1880s, when Edweard Muybridge set up a series of cameras to capture the character of footfalls of a racehorse, we’ve been fascinated by how horses move. No doubt you’ve seen that early sequence of photos, which demonstrated that

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Breakdown Breakthrough

New research has identified a promising diagnostic technique that should decrease the incidence of breakdowns of elite equine athletes at the track and help save the lives of young foals with infections at the breeding farm.

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The Use of Thermography in Lameness Evaluation

Lameness diagnosis can be very frustrating when the source of pain is located in the upper leg and is not associated with a synovial structure, or the lameness is too subtle to utilize diagnostic analgesic injections, or the patient is not

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