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Injury and Lameness

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...
Q: What is the difference between hot and cold therapy (i.e. sweating the leg and icing or cold hosing, respectively) and under what circumstances should each be used? A: Heat therapy (thermotherapy) and cold therapy (cryotherapy) along with their cousin...

Healthy Hock Guide

Performance horses may require extra maintenance to keep their hocks healthy. The hock is a hind limb joint that is fundamental to your horse’s movement. Read on for the five most important things you need to know about this complex...
Tendon and ligament injuries are common in horses. With an immense amount of body weight upheld by four spindly legs, it’s not a surprise that equines can develop issues with some of the structures housed inside this support system. Not...
Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions in our Ask the Vet series. Q: I’ve been doing dressage with my horse for the past four years and we’ve been progressing slowly but steadily up the levels. She is now 19...

Solve Hoof Health Problems

Some horses are blessed with good, strong feet. While their owners can thank their lucky stars, others have horses with less-than-stellar hooves and know the problems that can bring. What steps can you take to get the best hooves...
The rhythmic movement of a horse at trot is mesmerizing in its symmetry. When this harmonious gait goes awry, you’ll want to know why it’s happening and what it means for the horse’s athletic ability. Stringhalt – What is it? One...
  Q: What’s the correct course of action if my horse suddenly comes up lame with no apparent injury? Do I always need to call the vet, or are there cases where it’s okay to wait and see? And what...

What Causes a Horse to Stumble?

It’s a beautiful day and you are trotting along on your favorite horse enjoying the harmonious feeling. And, then suddenly he stumbles and you are unsettled in the saddle. Puzzled, you realize that this has been happening more often...
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