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horse hyperflexion, rolkur, horse injury, horse training injury, navicular syndrome, caudal heel syndrome, equine hoof pain, horse joint, equine joint, equine sprain, horse sprain

By Jodie Santarossa, DVM - When it comes to training related injuries, again, look for obvious reasons first. Most training related injuries are common and very preventable provided there is an understanding of the biomechanical demands of the particular discipline; meticulous attention to the horse’s feet, teeth, tack, and food, which are the pillars upon elite equine athletes are built; and a collaborative, integrated team approach to building and developing individualized training and maintenance programs.

horse nsaids, equine nsaids, equine tranquilizer, equine sedative, horse tranquilizer, horse sedative, equine deworming, horse deworming

The Dangers of Medicating - In the management of horse health, injuries and disease, conscientious horse owners would never put their horse at risk; however, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we realize. Seldom does a month go by when media attention doesn’t focus on a positive drug test in the horseracing world. The news leaves many in the horse industry shaking their heads and wondering how trainers or owners could do such a thing to their animals.

Equine Lameness Evaluation, Dr. Crystal Lee, equine disorder, horse lameness, examining horse, horse flexion test

Equine lameness is an indication of a structural or functional disorder, in one or more limbs or the spine, evident while the horse is standing or in movement. It can range from very mild discomfort, which may only be perceived by the owner or trainer as a decrease in level of performance, to severe pain in which the horse is unwilling to bear weight on the limb. As one of the most common and most expensive medical problems in horses, lameness represents a large concern to the equine industry as well as to individual horse owners.

equine bone health, Equine Guelph, Ontario Veterinary College, equine injuries, horse injuries, equine arthritis, horse arthritis

Ontario Veterinary College, graduate student, Cristin McCarty is no stranger to joint health issues after having to work through her own athletic injuries from rowing. As an avid rider since age five, McCarty bought an ex-racehorse in her early teens for repurposing as a hunter/jumper and immediately began an education in joint problems and maintenance options aimed at keeping her newly purchased horse sound.

mud fever in horses, muddy horse feet, horse with mud fever, treating mud fever in a horse, pam mackenzie, lindsay grice

Q - What is the best treatment plan for mud fever, and can I prevent it from recurring annually in certain horses? A - Mud fever, also known as scratches, pastern dermatitis, and greasy heel, is a common equine skin disease affecting the lower limbs, particularly the back of the pasterns and the bulbs of the heels.

hoof care, barefoot horses, shod horses, American Association of Equine Practitioners, AAEP, equine athlete, fit horses, horse competition

The topic of having horses go barefoot vs. shod has been discussed at several American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Annual Conventions and always generates some very informative dialog while raising many important questions. I must say from the onset that I favour horses being maintained without shoes when possible, but it depends on multiple factors.

equine fetlock, fetlock injuries, equine lameness, electroarthrography, eag, mark hurtig, ontario veterinary college, equine guelph, university of guelph, Jackie Bellamy

Findings Could Prove Helpful in Diagnosing Fetlock Injuries
One cannot help but get excited about the possibilities for electroarthrography (EAG) as a diagnostic tool after speaking with Ontario Veterinary College researcher, Dr. Mark Hurtig. He is developing a non-invasive way to assess joint cartilage health in fetlocks (the most commonly injured joint in horses). Current technologies to assess fetlock health have their limitations.



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