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Western performance horses are a diverse group of equine athletes trained for a variety of disciplines with unique physical demands. Learn about four common injuries veterinarians see in these athletes, how they diagnose them, and what treatments and rehabilitation methods they use to get horses back to business.
Prevailing wisdom has been that Western disciplines are too physically demanding to allow athletes to return to work after arthroscopic stifle surgery. A study presented at the 2019 AAEP Convention found this isn’t necessarily the case.
Western performance horses do it all: pleasure riding, reining, cutting and roping, speed events, and more. So when a horse isn’t performing as he should, there are more than a few places practitioners can look. Here’s how vets hone in on a diagnosis.
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