Alexandra Beckstett, The Horse Feature Editor

  • Support Strategies in Chronic Laminitis Cases

    When a horse owner sits down with his or her veterinarian to look at a radiograph of a horse's laminitis-plagued foot, the last thing that owner wants to see is rotation of the coffin bone in the hoof capsule. Fortunately, in these cases farriers and veterinarians can try to minimize structural damage to the hoof by designing support systems that aim ...

  • The Toe Crena: A Laminitic Link?

    Have you ever noticed that mysterious notch at mid-toe in the white line region (the connection between the hoof wall and sole that has no nerves or blood vessels) of your horse's foot and wondered what it is? This shallow notch comes in different shapes, sizes, and textures and might or might not extend to the outer hoof wall or up to the coffin bone...

  • Treating Laminitis with Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is a relatively simple treatment option veterinarians and horse owners consider for a variety of equine ailments, but little scientific evidence of its efficacy exists--particularly in regards to treating laminitis. Lisa Lancaster, MSc, PhD, DVM, of Lancaster Veterinary Services, in Denver, Colo., explored how this complementary therapy can be...

  • Laminitis Treatment with Stem Cells

    Stem cell therapy is a regenerative approach that has gained much press recently as a potential method for treating equine injuries. While scientific studies on its efficacy are scarce, Scott Morrison, DVM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital's podiatry unit, in Lexington, Ky., and other practitioners are using various stem cell approaches in their p...

  • Mycotoxins and Metabolic Stress in Equine Athletes

    Thanks to climate change and increasing amounts of grain blends, the prevalence of feed-borne mycotoxins (dangerous toxins exuded from molds) is on the rise, according to Trevor Smith, PhD, of the University of Guelph, Canada. Smith, a professor with a research interest in feed and food toxicology, discussed the effects of one of the most common families ...

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