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Injury and Lameness

The Year of Laminitis

This year seemed much like the other 7 years I’d spent in Tennessee, until nearly all the horses I work with, including my own, were walking as though on a bed of nails. I noticed quickly that these stilted...
  In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Got a question for Dr. Gray? Send it to hc-editor@luminamedia.com and use subject line "Ask the Vet." Q: My horse seems to have normal, healthy...
As veterinary medicine continues to expand and researchers develop new methods, other options for managing arthritis in horses are emerging. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) has been used on horses with arthritis since 1998. This therapy applies small but...
There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a horse with a broken leg was considered a hopeless case. Today, thanks to major advancements in veterinary medicine, many horses with lower-limb fractures can be saved and go on...
  In our Ask the Vet column, Dr. Lydia Gray answers your horse-health questions at HorseChannel.com/AskTheVet. Got a question for Dr. Gray? Send it to hc-editor@luminamedia.com and use subject line "Ask the Vet." Q: I’ve had my 10-year-old Quarter horse gelding...
In these cooler fall months, a bit of rain and a burst of the last remaining summer warmth can cause a growth spurt in your pasture. This sudden increase in rich grass can put your horse at risk for...
Degenerative Joint Disease Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a common occurrence in older, and sometimes not so old, equine athletes. The body is designed to maintain the cartilage in the joints, repairing damage after normal wear and tear. In athletic...
Tendon and Ligament Injury There are several important tendons and ligaments in the lower leg. The superficial digital flexor tendon, the deep digital flexor tendon, and the suspensory ligament are the most prominent and often prone to injury. Injuries to...
Lameness is one of the most prevalent veterinary complaints in the horse. While there are a multitude of ways horses can go lame, some conditions occur more frequently. Lameness in the horse can range from an obvious non-weight-bearing gait...
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