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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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Bad Behavior Or Sign Of Pain? Horses Are Trying To Tell Us

Any time a horse expresses resistance or undesirable behavior, it’s worthwhile to investigate why—it’s not always a training issue he’s simply refusing to do; the horse may be in pain. Horses have no ulterior motive; they simply seek relief from discomfort. Identifying the root cause of the discomfort the horse is trying to get away […]

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Dental Pain Often Overlooked As Potential Culprit In Horses With Behavioral Issues

Some behavioral issues in horses may be related to tooth pain, which is not readily recognized by owners, researchers say. Dr. Jaana Pehkonen, of the University of Helsinki, along with Drs. Leena Karmab and Marja Raekallioc, interviewed 47 horse owners whose equines had had a tooth removed because of a bacterial infection in the tip […]

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The Tail Tale: An External Indicator Of Equine Health

A horse’s tail can be a great indicator of a his overall health: it should hang straight down and shift from side to side as he moves. A horse that holds his tail to one side could be indicating a loss of motion in the sacrum joint or in the tissues surrounding it. A chiropractor […]

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Shake It Off: Study Points To Musculoskeletal Pain As A Top Cause Of Headshaking

Headshaking in horses can be a frustrating diagnosis for owners; many times it isn’t clear if the headshaking is related to allergies, sunlight, pain or something else entirely. A recent study from Britain focuses on the importance of ensuring musculoskeletal pain resolution for potential treatment of headshaking. Researchers from the Animal Health Trust, Drs. Katy […]

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AVMA Asks Congress To End Equine Abuse With PAST Act

Soring is the act of intentionally inflicting pain on a horse’s legs or hooves to make them perform in a high-stepping, artificial gait. The act of soring is most often seen in Tennessee Walking Horses that are show horses, though the inhumane act is also inflicted on other gaited breeds like spotted saddle horses and […]

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Study Lends Some Data To Herbal Treatment For Pain Relief

Devil’s claw has been used to treat pain and inflammation in horses for years, but not much is known about how the equine body responds to the active ingredients. Because of this, the appropriate dosage has been difficult to determine, reports The Horse. A scientist at the University of Veterinary Medicine, in Vienna, Austria, Dr. […]

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Easiest Answer For Headshaking Still Most Effective

The cause of headshaking in horses is not well understood; in all cases, the trigeminal nerve causes facial pain in affected horses. One of the simplest forms of relief has been the application of a nose net on the affected horse. Cheap and non-invasive, nose nets are also accepted in most competitions, said Veronica Roberts, […]

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FDA: Horses Will No Longer Bear The Brunt Of Opioid Shortage

The United States Food and Drug Administration (USDA) is working with Pfizer Inc. to mitigate the shortage of injectable opioids used to control pain in animals. The organization is working to allow a limited amount of opioids labeled for human use to be available to veterinarians. Veterinarians use opioids made for humans in horses, which […]

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