A Pain In The Neck: How Osetoarthritis Can Affect Horses’ Strides

Horses that have nerve compression in the C6 and C7 areas of their neck have a lack of shoulder tone, shorter strides and tightened gaits, French researchers have discovered. Many times veterinarians cannot locate the source of pain in the limbs, reports The Horse. Dr. Gwenola Touzot-Jourde, veterinary anesthesiologist at Oniris Nantes-Atlantic National College of […]

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What Is Pyramidal Hoof Disease?

“Buttress foot,” also called pyramidal hoof disease, is generally seen in horses with poor leg conformation that are worked in high-impact disciplines, Dr. Raul Bras told The Horse. Dr. Bras, a veterinary podiatrist, explained that pyramidal hoof disease is a form of osteoarthritis that affects the coffin joint or the pastern joint. Pyramidal disease occurs […]

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Interactive Tool Helps Owners Keep Senior Horses Healthy

Owners of older horses now have an easy way to learn about the care and management of their senior horses, as well as what conditions may affect them as they age. Developed by Equine Guelph and Boehringer Ingelheim, the Senior Horse Tool takes into account a horse’s breed, health, use and history as there is […]

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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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Helping Senior Equines Weather Winter Weather

Similar to the human lifespan, the equine lifespan has increased over the years, due in no small part to a deeper understanding of equine care and improved veterinary medicine. Like older people, older horses need some additional care to ensure they maintain a good quality of life when temperatures plummet. Owners and managers should pay […]

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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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Move It Or Lose It: Importance Of Mobility On Horses Affected By Osteoarthritis

Winter can be hard on horse owners, but it can be even harder on horses affected by osteoarthritis (OA). In horses with osteoarthritis, the bone, soft tissue and cartilage in the affected joint begins to deteriorate. These changes can be painful, as well as cause the joint to become deformed and for the horse to […]

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Irap: How The Horse Got His Name, And What The Letters Stand For

One of the most interesting parts of covering the Kentucky Derby each year is learning how each runner got his (or her) name. At least one or two usually have a story, whether it’s sentimental or humorous, and this year is no exception. Doug O’Neill trainee Irap is not, in fact, named for any hidden […]

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Study Shows That Impact Injuries Early In Racing Career Make Osteoarthritis More Likely

Italian researchers have been monitoring joint deterioration in racehorses using biomarkers, and they suggest that proper treatment strategies can manage post-traumatic osteoarthritis, reports Horse Talk. Based at the University of Turin, researchers studied fetlock joint deterioration in Standardbred racehorses that had received impact injuries. Joint deterioration went from normal to end-stage osteoarthritis in four years. It was […]

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