Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital

Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Is It EPM–Or Something Else?

QUESTION: My horse has mild, intermittent hind-end lameness. What are the chances it’s equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)? DR. STEVE REED: Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis is a common cause of neurologic disease in horses that was initially described as segmental myelitis of unknown cause. In 1976, Dubey suggested that EPM was caused by a member of the […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Venograms Tell The Real Story Behind Laminitis

QUESTION: What are venograms and how can they be used in equine diagnostics? DR. RAUL BRAS: One of the most significant developments not only in the evaluation and treatment of laminitis, but also our understanding of the mechanics of the foot in general, has been the venogram. The venogram is a simple but technique-sensitive procedure […]

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Mud Management Key To Equine Health And Safety During Wet Weather

An attentive group of equine owners and caretakers gathered at The Red Mile Clubhouse in Lexington, KY, last week to learn how to better care for their farms and their horses during wet weather. The Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA) session, presented by the Kentucky Horse Council, hosted a panel of experts who addressed a […]

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With Wet Weather Comes A New Hoof Problem: Retracted Soles

This year’s wet weather and seemingly endless mud are wreaking havoc on horses’ feet. Dr. Scott Morrison, head of the podiatry department at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., said he has seen more cases of retracted soles this year than ever before. In addition to Kentucky, he is aware of cases in […]

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Born To Run: Bramlage Defends Industry in Toronto Star’s ‘Big Debate’ On Horse Racing

The Toronto Star, in an ongoing opinion feature it calls “The Big Debate,” focused on equine safety in its most recent installment, asking the question, “Are race horses being put in danger.” Taking the stand that the sport does put horses in danger was Katie Lamb, a horse racing enthusiast and free-lance writer based in […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Are White Hooves Really Weaker Than Dark?

QUESTION: There’s an old adage that white hooves are weaker than dark hoof material. Is there any truth to this?  DR. SCOTT FLEMING: The topic of hoof color and its corresponding hoof quality has been a common conversation topic amongst my clientele for 20 years of shoeing horses. Prior to being a farrier, I had […]

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Instagrand Sustains Sesamoid Fracture, To Undergo Surgery

Grade 2 winner Instagrand, who was on the Kentucky Derby trail earlier this year, sustained a sesamoid fracture in the G3 Pat Day Mile last weekend, according to The Blood-Horse. The Into Mischief colt is scheduled to have surgery to repair the fracture at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and is expected to return to […]

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Omaha Beach Could Head Home As Soon As This Weekend

Kentucky Derby morning line favorite Omaha Beach is recovering well from surgery for an entrapped epiglottis and could return home to his Santa Anita base as soon as Sunday, according to the Daily Racing Form’s Steve Andersen. After undergoing surgery at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, the colt continued his recovery at WinStar Farm. Since […]

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Despite Breathing Issue, Surgery, Omaha Beach Could Be Back For Summer Classics

Omaha Beach is out of the Kentucky Derby, but don’t count him out later this summer, his trainer Richard Mandella told media Thursday. Wednesday, news broke that the predicted Derby favorite was scratched from the race due to an entrapped epiglottis, which should be corrected by surgery that was planned Thursday at Rood and Riddle […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: Trimming To Balance Conformation Issues

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about the healthcare of Thoroughbreds. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for a veterinarian. QUESTION: I’ve heard farriers can help compensate for conformation issues by the way they angle a young horse’s feet during trimming. Is there an age at which this becomes ineffective? […]

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