Management Changes May Be Necessary To Prevent Horses From Choking

While the chances for an esophageal blockage in horses is higher in winter because they are being fed more hay and may have less access to unfrozen water, it’s prudent to take precautions year-round. While choking in people is a true emergency with imminent death within minutes if the blockage isn’t removed, choking in horses […]

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Australian Vets Are A ‘Profession In Grief’ Over Bushfire Ramifications

Australian veterinarians are a “profession in grief” said Julia Crawford, President of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA). Vets are dealing with intense grief over euthanizing the massive amounts of injured animals, dealing with the loss of income during what should be their busiest season and some are managing fire damage to their own communities and […]

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Vets And Farriers Must Work Together To Keep Horses Healthy And Sound

Both veterinarians and farriers are of critical importance to equine welfare, and many times it’s essential that both professionals work in conjunction to keep a horse healthy and sound. While this can bring together a variety of personalities, it is possible for common ground to be found using care, consideration and respect. The issue of […]

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Study: Horse Owners More Confident In Colic Recognition Than They Should Be

A 2014 survey of 1,331 horse owners revealed crucial gaps in horse owner’s knowledge of colic and how to respond to an episode of it. This lack of knowledge was the driver behind the creation of the REACT To Beat Colic campaign in Britain, which was developed by the University of Nottingham and the British […]

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Stringhalt: War Of Will’s Post-Preakness Motion Isn’t Lameness

Savvy racing fans may have noticed a strange “hitch” in War of Will’s stride after his triumphant Preakness Stakes victory on Saturday, and several took to social media to express their concern about the colt’s well-being. There’s no need to worry about the 3-year-old son of War Front, trainer Mark Casse confirmed to the media […]

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Country House Sent To Rood & Riddle, ‘Responding Well’ But Will Miss Belmont

The official Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been ruled out of the G1 Belmont Stakes, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the 3-year-old had been sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after becoming slightly ill earlier this week. “We sent him to the clinic to get […]

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Repeat After Me: Study Shows Biomarkers Again Linked To Injury Risk In Thoroughbreds

Orthopedic injuries in racehorses are responsible for nearly 70 percent of lost training days; these injuries have an impact on equine welfare and income generated from racing. Injury diagnosis and prevention has been at the forefront of racehorse research, and a new study has again shown that serum biomarkers in bone and cartilage can be […]

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Do Horses Try To Tell Us When They’re Lame?

A recent study assessed how accurately veterinarians can identify pain in ridden horses. Led by Dr. Sue Dyson, the Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, the vets used a set of 24 behaviors (called an ethogram) to asses pain responses in horses while they […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: How Much Does Environment Influence OCD Lesions?

Question: What do we know about environmental factors that could make a horse more or less likely to get OCD? Answer: Osteochondrosis (OC) is widely understood to be a disturbance of endochondral ossification (the formation of bone from cartilage) and is arguably one of the most clinically relevant developmental orthopedic diseases in the equine patient. Although […]

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