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Diseases resulting in Hind Limb Gait Deficits in Horses, stringhalt in horses, Fibrotic Myopathy in horses, Shivers in Horses, Equine Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy PSSM

By Dr. Colin Scruton - Hind limb problems can be confusing to identify and even harder to diagnose in horses. Some conditions can lead to mechanical deficits or difficulty in certain movements without causing the classic pain-associated lameness. Stringhalt, fibrotic myopathy, shivers, and equine polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) are four distinct diseases in horses that result in gait deficits. Accurate differentiation of these conditions allows for the most effective management to be used.

 Dr. Crystal Lee, Equine Joint Inflammation, equine Osteoarthritis, healthy equine cartilage, healthy equine cartilage, Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, equine articular cartilage

A healthy joint in the limb of a horse provides a frictionless system and facilitates movement with ease. Each joint depends on the function of each of its components to serve this purpose in an equine athlete. Bone, articular cartilage, synovial fluid, synovial membrane, fibrous joint capsule, and ligamentous structures make up these components.

myristol pro equine joint health horse joint health equine osteoarthritis horse athletes equine lame horse joint disease equine

Joint disease and osteoarthritis in horses can be game changers, not only for elite performance animals but also for recreational mounts when stiffness, soreness, and lameness interfere with so many activities.

University Saskatchewan, U of S, equine imaging technology, Dr. Julia Montgomery, equine small intestine, equine capsule endoscopy, horse capsule endoscopy, equine camera pill, equine research, horse care

Veterinary and engineering researchers at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) have teamed up to harness imaging technology to fill in a blank area in animal health — what goes on in a horse’s gut? “Whenever I talk to students about the horse abdomen, I put up a picture of a horse and put a big question mark in the middle,” said veterinary researcher Dr. Julia Montgomery in the U of S Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

equine grass sickness, equine alzheimers, horse alzheimers, horse grass sickness, university of edinburgh, royal dick school of veterinary studies

Research may hold clues about Alzheimer’s Disease - Horses, as mammals, share common ground with humans when it comes to suffering similar conditions. They can get allergies, cancer, blood disorders, cystitis, heart disease, skin tumours, and a variety of other ailments.

winter horse, horse cough, horse repiratory, equine copd, equine respiratory, equine cough, equine winter health, horse health, equine science, Mark Andrews

By Mark Andrews - It's not just horseback riders that cough and wheeze at this time of year. Respiratory problems are common in horses as well. Loss of performance may be the first sign that something is wrong. Mildly affected animals may cough occasionally when eating or when starting work. As the condition gets worse they may cough almost continuously.

equine laminitis, horse laminitis, nsc, acth, horse pituitary gland, horse metabolic syndrome, equine metabolic syndrome, horse hay analysis, juliet getty

Horses are more likely to suffer from laminitis in the fall than at any other time of year. Two reasons are the high NSC (non-structural carbohydrates) from cooler nighttime temperatures and increased blood ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) secretion from the pituitary gland. Both of these lead to elevated insulin.

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