In a well-conformed, well-built horse, the barefoot state is the most natural situation and probably the healthiest, depending on the work the horse is asked to do. But taking the shoes off a horse and leaving them off is not a good idea for every animal.
A certain amount of distress is a normal part of life in animals that have social attachments or home territory.
A horse with a long, thick coat of winter hair can walk around outdoors in total comfort even in sub-zero weather, if he has been properly fed.
Canker is an anaerobic infection in the superficial epithelium of the hoof (the horn-producing tissue of the foot).
Somewhere between 50%-60% of horses that suffer tendon lacerations return to some type of performance, which is often less strenuous than the previous level of work.
The main advantage of treadmill tests is the ability to monitor closely the horse during exercise. More sophisticated measurements, such as oxygen consumption and gait analysis, can be made.
Conformation in horses should be evaluated carefully, and all good judges, veterinarians, and horse owners should have a system to prevent missing any aspect.
Catastrophic injuries, involving the fracture of a bone, take a heavy toll on racehorses in training and in competition. Research through the years has given the veterinary surgeon additional tools and knowledge to deal with these life-threatening injuries, and the result has been a higher survival rate than was recorded in the past.
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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 of that young horse to breathe normally when it reaches adulthood as a trained athlete. Since some people bu...
Maybe you don't often think about what you would do in the event you're impacted by an equine disease. Well, maybe you should think about it, and begin taking preventative measures.
Through a series of clinical studies and observations the past 10 years, researchers at Cornell University in New York have discovered that a vitamin E deficiency is the cause of equine motor neuron disease (EMND).
Teeth grinding is almost always associated with physical pain or discomfort, probably of a fairly high degree.
Guttural pouch empyema involves pus in the guttural pouches, which usually results from upper respiratory tract infection. It also can develop as a complication of guttural pouch diseases, local treatment with irritating drugs, or birth defects.
The driving idea behind pin firing is that it makes chronic inflammations acute and allows them to heal.
The first International Workshop on Equine Chronic Airway Disease was held in mid-June at Michigan State University.
Since a horse's skin is his largest organ, and the only one you can inspect in total, use it to determine his overall health.
"Popped knees" is a layman's term used to describe enlargement in the front of the carpal joints of a horse.
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 referred to as a bowed tendon, but other injuries, such as lacerations, also can compromise a horse's capabil...
A huge amount of time, effort, and money often are invested in the preparation of horses for various athletic events, including Thoroughbred and Standardbred racing, three-day eventing, steeplechasing, dressage, hunter-jumper events, reining, cutting, and endurance racing, to mention but a few. Regardless of discipline, we expect that a well-trained an...
When you seek factual information about equine health topics on the Internet, apply detective skills to analyze how a list of results or a page on the web site answers your information needs.
An osselet is a traumatic arthritis of the fetlock of the equine front leg. Left unchecked, osselets compromise the horse's athletic potential and his ability to move soundly and fluidly.
The removable track built over an asphalt auto-racing surface for Sportsman's Park's 2000 horse racing meet turned out to be extraordinarily kind to horses, according to a state veterinarian.
A new insecticide is touted as controlling horn, stable, deer, and horse flies at a fairly high rate for up to two or more weeks with one application, based on efficacy control information.
A study demonstrates that echinacea acts as an immuno-stimulant and a hematinic agent in horses, providing a unique scientific rationale for feeding this popular herb as a supplement to both improved immune function and overall blood quality.
If you own or care for a headshaker and the behavior persists despite fly control and properly fitted tack, you should contact your veterinarian.
Splenic rupture and hemorrhage can occur when the horse receives a kick from another horse to the left abdominal wall.
There is no evidence that creatine supplementation will help the performance horse.
Signs of allergies in many horses appear with the arrival of summer and become progressively worse each year.
Eastern equine encephalitis has been confirmed as the cause of death of three horses and believed to have caused the deaths of three other horses that have died in eastern Virginia during the past two weeks.
The Fasig-Tipton Kentucky select yearling sale began in Lexington, Ky. on Wednesday, with two colts each selling for $250,000 before a Lord Carson filly stepped into the ring to sell for $350,000.
When icy conditions develop during the winter, people and their automobiles slip and slide. So do horses.
If your foal is orphaned at birth, or rejected by his dam, your first consideration is to get him to ingest some colostrum.
Recent research in Great Britain on grass founder is providing new strategies that might help prevent laminitis.
Modern technology has provided the veterinarian and horse owner with many sophisticated tools. However, a good teasing program is still essential for insuring success in an equine breeding program, writes Les Sellnow in the February edition of The Horse.
An aortic rupture is a rare, but deadly, condition in the horse.
The ear is a complex and delicate part of the horse's anatomy.
Lyme disease is an illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi.
Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has been used in humans to disintegrate kidney stones and treat musculoskeletal problems. The technology also has shown promise in alleviating bone and tendon ailments in the horse.
A new equine influenza vaccine may be available soon for veterinary use.
When you design stalls for your horses, one important consideration is whether you want to provide them with a chance to make contact with their neighbors.
Some interesting findings from a study involving horses with ostechondrosis dissecans (OCD) lesions were presented during the recent World Equine Veterinary Association meeting in France.
What is the scientific justification for the use of nasal strips on racehorses?
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The Maryland Horse Breeders Association is finalizing plans to investigate the use of medication in juvenile racing prospects offered at public auction.
On several occasions in the past year or two, we’ve discussed in this series the intricacies of feeding young horses for optimum growth. We’ve also walked you through the pertinent points of fueling the high-performance equine athlete, for maximum output with minimum fatigue. But there’s one category of performance horse which combines both of these conce...
Strong bones are essential if a horse is to perform successfully and still remain sound. Bones that are weakened by disease, injury, or inappropriate training regimens can result in catastrophic injury, as anyone involved with racing well knows. There are a number of elements involved in the production of strong bones. The two prime elements are proper nu...
A three-month study of Thoroughbred horses in training at two racetracks has proven the benefit of thermography in competitive horses, said Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His goal was to see if thermography, which shows heat patterns given off by the horse, could help detect injuries e...
The tightly packed field of Thoroughbred racehorses, straining every muscle for a few more inches of gained ground on the final turn...the Arabian endurance horse, with 89 miles of hard, mountainous terrain behind him and 11 more to go before he can rest...the Olympic three-day event horse, summoning up all his courage, agility, and speed to answer the qu...
The United States is experiencing a record-setting summer, with temperatures in the Southwest topping the 100-degree mark day after day. The suspects among the causes of this heat streak range from global warming to La Niña, none of which is certain. What is certain, however, is the effect of summer heat on horses.
They shoot horses, don't they? We all know about the rather depressing traditional "cure" for a horse with a broken leg. But there's good news--they "shoot" them a lot less often these days. The reason is that remarkable advances in equine fracture repair now mean that many horses which in years past could not have been saved, are not only recovering f...
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