Panel Of Vets Offer Insights On Equine Colic

Colic is the No. 1 killer of horses in the United States. An extremely relevant topic for both horse owners and veterinarians, a panel of experts gathered to talk about the condition at a workshop hosted by the Dorothy Russell Havemeyer Foundation in August of 2019. Conclusions from the workshop were reviewed at the American […]

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Morphine Delivered Via Epidural Safe Alternative For Pain Control In Pregnant Mares

A pregnant mare with a history of severe lameness had a long-term epidural placed that delivered morphine to make her more comfortable. The long-term use of the epidural caused no issues to the mare or her foal. Drs. Alessandro Mirra, Jasmin Birras, Sabina Diez Bernal and Claudia Spadavecchia tested the theory, noting that in the […]

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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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Keen Observation Skills Key To Keeping Horses Healthy

Horses are notoriously stoic animals, hiding pain as long as possible because of their fight-or-flight instincts. Horse owners and caretakers can help ensure their horse is pain-free by knowing what “normal” is for each animal, reports The Horse. Horse owners should take note of things like when each of their horses lies down and for […]

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Study: Do Some Castrations Cause Ongoing Pain?

Castration, a routine surgery that can be completed either standing sedated or completely anesthetized laying down, may cause issues for geldings long after the surgical incision has healed. New research suggests that neuromas, a mass of cells and nerves that form on a severed nerve, may be more common than previously thought at the castration […]

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Causes Of Girthiness Not One Size Fits All, Study Finds

Some horses get get a reputation for stressing out when their girth is tightened, swishing their tail, pinning their ears, kicking out or even trying to bite the person tightening the girth. There is no single cause of girthiness in horses. Back pain, saddle fit, ulcers and other causes may all play a role in […]

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Beyond NSAIDs: Diet Can Help Support A Horse Battling Uveitis

Uveitis is the leading cause of blindness among horses in the United States, and veterinarians are still looking for the best ways to manage the painful inflammation. Most medical management is focused on the acute phase of the disease, when the horse is treated with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways to […]

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Asymmetrical Movement In Horses: Pain Or Biology?

Uneven movement in horses is common; while this asymmetrical movement raises suspicions of mild lameness, may owners consider their horses sound. Drs. Emma Persson-Sjodin, Elin Hernlund, Pia Haubro Andersen, Marie Rhodin, Thilo Pfau and Karin Holm Forsström wanted to discover if the asymmetry is indicative of pain or disease, or if it is simply a […]

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Stand Up: The Benefits Of Standing Equine Surgeries

One of the most complicated parts of equine surgery is putting the horse under anesthesia and then bringing them out of anesthesia after the surgery is completed. A horse coming out of anesthesia may struggle and injure himself. Additional complications can include side effects from the drugs used to anesthetize the horse, laryngeal collapse, nerve […]

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