Shake It Off: Vibrating Therapy Relaxes Horses, Study Shows

While many equine riders and owners feel that whole-body vibration therapy (WBV) can improve a horse’s athletic performance, minimal research has been done to determine its benefits, reports The Horse. Seneca Sugg, a graduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, created a study using 12 healthy and sound horses to determine if WBV affected a […]

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Stifle Injuries In Equines: A Complex Issue

Stifle lameness in horses is fairly common, but can be difficult to diagnose. The stifle is the largest joint in horses and is like a human knee, with ligaments, bones and soft tissues, which include a patella, cruciate ligament and menisci. There are three patella ligaments that allow a horse to rest while standing; this […]

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Equine Lameness Expert Dr. Sue Dyson To Retire From Animal Health Trust’s Centre for Equine Studies

Renowned equine expert in equine orthopedics, Dr. Sue Dyson, has retired from the Animal Health Trust’s Centre for Equine Studies in Newmarket, England. Dyson was the head of clinical orthopedics at the school, where she has been employed since 1982. She will continue to work part-time as a clinical consultant and remain involved in education. […]

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Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium To Be Held In Pittsboro, NC

The Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium will be held at the Chatham County Agricultural Center in Pittsboro, NC, on June 29 and 30, 2019. Hosted by the Equine Podiatry Education Foundation (EPEF), the goal of this educational opportunity is to offer “thought-provoking lectures, demonstrations and discussions related to practical and futuristic ideas related to equine […]

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Gel-Based Joint Injection May Help Horses With Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. Treatment of the disease involves management of pain and clinical signs; it can include the administration of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) orally, topically or as an injection. A new gel is being tested to alleviate pain in horses with osteoarthritis. Injected directly into the […]

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Sports Medicine ‘Sleuths’ To Unravel Lameness Mysteries During March First Tuesday Lecture 

Join Penn Vet New Bolton Center’s Elizabeth Davidson, DVM, ACVS, ACVSMR, and Liz Arbittier, VMD, CVA, as they kick-off the spring First Tuesday Lecture series with their talk “Mythbusting the Lameness Exam Part 2: Comparing Your Interpretation of Lameness to What Scientific Data Tells Us.” When lameness strikes and there are no “clues” – no swelling, no […]

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Is Gene Therapy The Cure For Bowed Tendons?

A British study has used gene therapy to successfully cure horse’s lameness from torn ligaments and tendons. Injecting plasmid DNA into the tear allowed blood vessels to develop within the tissue and the tissue grew back, leaving no scar tissue. A significant discovery, this type of treatment can effectively allow a  previously injured horse to […]

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A Weighty Matter: How Rider Weight Effects Equine Performance

A pilot study presented at the National Equine Forum showed that high rider to horse bodyweight ratios can cause temporary lameness and discomfort in the horse. Researchers hope results from this study will assist in the development of rider weight guidelines for horses and ponies to aid in both comfort and enjoyment. The study in […]

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Walk This Way: Ataxic Horses Worsen When Blindfolded

Horses that have neurologic issues can show ataxia, which is an uncoordinated way of going. However, this incoordination can be difficult to tell apart from other lameness issues that are not neurologic in nature. Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London have created a way to objectively distinguish between ataxia and lameness. Researchers […]

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