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Injuries, Wound Care, and Lameness

The call was from the sheriff’s office. Knowing that it probably wasn’t going to be a quick or easy task, I mentally ran through my appointments for the day.Requests from the sheriff were usually interesting, and after deciding I...
In Part One of this article, we look at the causes and symptoms of laminitis and founder. Here, we'll look at preventing and treating laminitis, and what to do in case of a laminitis emergency.If your horse is...
Laminitis is a breakdown in the interior supportive structures of the horse's hoof. One of the most common causes of laminitis is over-consumption of high-sugar feeds or spring grass, but there are many potential causes. Founder is a...
Horses are made to move—and they do so magnificently. We take their innate talent and fine-tune their abilities to suit our purposes in a wide range of riding sports, and joint health plays a major role in an equine...
Q: What happens if a horse breaks his leg?A: It depends on where in his leg the broken bone is and how bad the fracture is. Some fractures are treatable and some are not. If the fracture is below...
Even though horses are big, strong animals, their legs are surprisingly delicate. The muscles and tendons that make up the legs can get injured quite easily. Your horse might stumble and cut his front leg with his back hoof....
Tendon and ligament injuries are among the most common and concerning injuries that affect athletic horses of all breeds and disciplines. Injuries such as a bowed tendon or strained suspensory ligament carry fear, sadness, and frustration for horse owners...
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As the veterinarian’s words echo down the barn aisle, there’s a clanging in the horse owner’s brain that sounds like a car alarm bleating: “Lame! Lame! Lame!” You close your eyes and see your horse in pain. Then you...
 Q: I have a young horse that had a locked stifle. It happened twice so far, once when she was 2 years old and the second time was about a year after that. Why does it happen? Is there...
It’s a beautiful day and you’re ready to take your horse for a ride. As you enter the paddock with halter in hand, you see a steady stream of blood dripping down his lower leg. Where did that come...
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