Study Shows Blocking During Lameness Isn’t As Straightforward As It Seems

New research shows that blocking a horse’s stifle doesn’t necessarily rule out lameness in the hoof. A common tool for diagnosing lameness, “blocking” involves injecting a short-acting painkiller into a joint or around nerves. The goal is to desensitize a specific area, meaning the horse’s lameness will improve. However, it is not always easy to […]

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New Bacteria Found In Joint Infections Of Australian Thoroughbreds

A new strain of gram negative cocco-bacillus bacteria has caused joint infections in three Australian horses that had no contact with one another. In 2012, a 15-month-old Thoroughbred filly in Hunter Valley, New South Wales had progressive lameness in the right front for two weeks. She was referred to a clinic with severe lameness in […]

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Lameness And Bad Behavior Could Be Caused By Jaw Pain

A horse that tosses his head, worries his bit, acts oddly under-saddle or has issues with specific gaits or leads should have a veterinarian out to rule out lameness or other painful issues. If a definitive lameness can’t be determined, the horse may have an issue with his temporomandibular joints (TMJ), which are small bones […]

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Is A Synovial Infection The End Of A Horse’s Athletic Career? Not Necessarily

Infections of the synovial fluid in a horse’s joint can end an athletic career—if not their life. Drs. Danielle Crosby, Raphael Labens, Kristopher Hughes and Bryan Hilbert, with the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at Charles Sturt University in Australia, and Sharon Nielsen examined the records of 186 horses the hospital saw over a […]

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Risk Of Joint Infections Low In Horses After Injection

Keeping joints healthy often requires a proactive approach: routine exercise, weight management, minimization of trauma, and regular use of oral joint health supplements such as glucosamine hydrochloride, hyaluronic acid, omega-3 fatty acids, and chondroitin sulfate. “Kentucky Equine Research offers several high-quality joint supplements that can be given to young, sound horses prior to the onset of osteoarthritis to help […]

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Study: Time Off And Decreased Training May Reduce Microfractures In Racehorses

Microdamage to the bones in the joints of racehorses has been detected in multiple studies, but a cut-and-dry answer on how to prevent this damage is not clear. The accumulation of subchondral bone microdamage in the forelegs of racehorses is thought to lead to more significant bone damage, including fractures, which can be life-threatening. A […]

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Improving Stem Cell Therapy For Equine Arthritis

Veterinarians continue to look for an effective treatment—and a cure—for osteoarthritis in horses. The latest efforts focus on priming stem cells to decrease inflammation and alter immune cells within the joint. “Stem cells injected into a horse’s joint are exposed to substantial inflammation due to the underlying disease process. Therefore, priming stem cells by incubating them in an inflammatory […]

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Equine Stem Cells Prove Effective In Treating Skin Wounds

Researchers are exploring the use of stem cells to treat skin wounds in horses with techniques that may eventually translate to human patients. Rebecca Harman and a team of researchers in the Van de Walle Lab at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are finding that factors secreted by adult stem cells, also known as mesenchymal […]

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