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Horse Injuries, Wound Care, and Lameness

From racing to show jumping, few injuries can be as debilitating for a performance horse as those that affect the tendons and ligaments. Often requiring months of rest and rehabilitation, the prognosis for these injuries is usually guarded--there’s no...
The anatomy of the navicular  bone (NB) area is quite complex with many soft tissue structures surrounding the bone including the impar and suspensory ligaments, the navicular bursa and the deep flexor tendon (DDFT). Image courtesy AAEP.Navicular disease was...
Much has been made about all the extras and the precise care the barefoot horse needs. Some of this advice is valid, but some of it should be carefully considered. Here's what the experts have to say: Hoof Boots: "I have...

We ask a lot from our horses' backs. Here are some resources for helping to care for this sensitive structure. Finding an Equine ChiropractorA pain-free guide to choosing a reputable equine practitioner. Read more >> Acupuncture Acupuncture, perhaps the best-known Chinese...
Now back to health, Cheyenne poses with her devoted owner, Jacki Moxley. Photo: Cindy HaleJacki Moxley has a lot to be thankful for. Her 11-year-old sorrel mare, Cheyenne, not only survived a traumatic injury that led to the loss...
Inflammatory Remarks A veterinarian offers guidance on how to manage and prevent arthritis in your horse. Read more >>Joint Venture Keep your horse's joints running smoothly. Read more >>Getting the Point of Joint Injections Top veterinarians share opinions on the risks and rewards...
One of the most common causes of sudden-onset lameness in horses is an abscess.  These occur when bacteria invade a horse’s hoof, and the horse becomes lame when the infection reaches the sensitive structures of the foot.  Besides showing varying...
A lot of horses aren’t treated to a posh bed each night. Many spend much of their lives in dry paddocks or corrals, where the ground can be quite unforgiving. Over time, open sores can develop on the front...
When it comes to first aid preparedness, humans aren’t the only ones to consider. From scrapes to sprains, horses need emergency care, too. Experienced trail riders recommend assembling equine-friendly first aid kits and carry them in a saddlebag or...
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