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Injury and Lameness

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 a horse...
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...
Originally posted on October 14, 2005 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...
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...
  In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   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...
  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...
Click the image above for a downloadable and printable version of this chart (pdf). At some point, nearly every horse will need a leg wrap or bandage. However, an inappropriate bandage application can cause as many problems as a well-applied...
Once considered "alternative,” chiropractic, along with therapies such as acupuncture and massage, are now viewed by knowledgeable horsemen as "complementary.” None of these therapies will replace traditional veterinary medicine, but in the right situations, they can enhance and improve...
In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet.   Q: I recently discovered that my horse has ringbone. He is on a joint supplement for now but what else can you do to treat...
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