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Horse Injuries, Wound Care, and Lameness

Learn how to deal with injuries, wound care, and lameness for your horse, including first aid for your horse with articles from Horse Illustrated magazine. Articles cover emergency response, creating a first aid kit, how to bandage an injury or take care of a wound, joint supplements, and more. Clinical signs, diagnosis, treatment, and recovery are covered.Lameness issues include joint issues and arthritis, laminitis, catastrophic wounds, fractures and other leg injuries, tendon and ligament issues, navicular disease, ringbone, stringhalt, abscesses, nerve issues, bone cysts, etc.When it comes to equine ownership and care, at some point riders deal with an injured horse. Knowing what to do to prevent emergencies, horse first aid and what to do during an emergency, and how to care for the horse afterward are critical for horse owners.

Ann Wallin, a certified neuromovement practitioner trained in the Anat Baniel Method, lives to improve riders and horses using Feldenkrais movements. Feldenkrais is a practice involving very tiny movements of the skeletal areas of the body, most importantly the...
Soft tissue injury in horses is eventually encountered by most equestrians, and there’s often a dilemma for the owner if the cause can’t be easily diagnosed. Treatment typically involves rest, phenylbutazone (bute), and possibly nerve blocks and injections for...
There are many reasons for a horse to have some time off, such as resting up after a strenuous competition season or the realities of life getting in the way. Injuries can also sideline a horse for months at...
One vet's crazy day reminds us how chaotic life can get. But when it matters, a life is saved.The last thing I wanted to do was deal with my less-than-organized vet truck. My various assistants over the years did...
Catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses is a top concern for the industry and for its fans. That sentiment is shared by researchers at the University of Kentucky’s (U.K.) College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. These researchers have been working...
The landscape for equine supplements is constantly evolving, and SmartPak is committed to staying on top of the latest trends and ingredients. One category of supplements that has seen increased use of novel ingredients — such as turmeric, resveratrol,...
In this Vet Adventures column, veterinarian Courtney Diehl, DVM, has a hard time knowing how to charge for a dead-end veterinary visit, but the day turns around quickly when she saves a horse in dire shape after an accident.It...
Lameness brings out many emotions, including fear and frustration, particularly when its cause is a mystery and the horse doesn't heal. Those are just some of the emotions that Barb Robinson, an avid trail rider from Aston, Penn., felt...
A new therapy could combat persistent joint infections in horses, potentially saving them from years of pain. Researchers at North Carolina State University funded by Morris Animal Foundation have developed a platelet-rich plasma (PRP) lysate that, when teamed with...
Horses love to run, plain and simple. And, we ask them to do athletic exercises that put maximal load on their limbs. Long bone fractures typically occur with a misstep or trauma due to impact from a kick, collision,...
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