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Lameness

Tying Up in Horses

September 2017

Exertional Rhabdomyolysis, Tying Up, Azoturia, Monday Morning Sickness and Poly Saccharide Storage Myopathy are all names of common muscle metabolism problems.  The scientific name for tying up is rhabdomyolysis, which simply translated means muscle (‘rhabdo’) breakdown (‘lysis’). The causes are several, but the result is the same - muscle cramping. 

Stifle Pain: A Holistic Approach

August 2017

The veterinary chiropractor or osteopath will deal with stifle pain in horses almost on a daily basis. Stifle pain is very common in the equine - be it a primary pathology of the stifle joint or secondary to other influences on the body.  In this article, veterinary chiropractor Dr Grant Harris discusses the chiropractic and osteopathic approach to treating stifle pain and disease.

The Sacroiliac Joint

July 2017

The sacroiliac joint is often considered a potential culprit in cases of vague hind limb lameness or suspected pain in the back or hindquarters. Why is the finger so often pointed at this joint? And, why is it so difficult to pin down as a primary factor in impaired performance?  Although sacroiliac disease is considered a major cause of loss of performance, little is known about the biomechanics of movement of the sacroiliac joint1.  

The Horse's Advocate

July 2017

It had been nine weeks since Cienna had dislocated her shoulder, but when Ang Lea of Horse Fix was called in, the mare was still hobbling on three legs. On top of that, the adjustment in how she was carrying herself was causing secondary problems in her hind end. Cienna’s vet had fixed the dislocation, but referred the owners to Ang for ongoing care. 

Identifying Horses with Laminitis

July 2017

It’s every horse owner’s worst nightmare - arriving home to see your horse standing at the bottom of the paddock, not running up for his evening feed.  You walk down to him, he’s not stuck in the fence, he is standing on all four feet, but shifting his weight from one foot to the next. You put the head collar on, but he is very reluctant to walk. What could be wrong with him?  This is one of the ways that your horse may present with laminitis. Laminitis is the inflammation and subsequent detachment of the bond between the pedal bone and the hoof wall. 

Stifle Lameness

July 2016

The stifle is the largest and most complex joint in the horse and, as such, it is an important cause of hindlimb lameness. Equivalent to the human knee, the stifle is controlled by some of the most powerful muscles in the horse’s hindquarters and is subject to tremendous stress forces. In this comprehensive article, registered specialist equine surgeon Dr Marta Wereszka from the University of Sydney Equine Hospital explains the complex anatomy of the stifle, the diagnostic tools available and some of the treatment options your veterinarian may recommend. Stifle anatomy

What is the Best Joint Product for My Horse to Use?

June 2016

This is probably one of the most common questions asked of an equine veterinarian by their clients.

New System to Give Healing Horses a Lift

May 2016

Researchers and engineers in Saskatchewan hope a robotic lift system will help to improve the odds for horses recovering from limb fractures and other traumatic injuries. "I think it will give a lot of horses a chance that before didn't have a chance," says team leader Dr Julia Montgomery, a large animal internal medicine specialist at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Keeping Them Healthy & Sound

September 2015

Meeting the challenge of keeping quiet, old horses sound at the Manning Great Lakes RDA is made easier with a little help from Canterflex... Maureen Turner is a coach at the Manning Great Lakes RDA. “We have a limited selection of good, quiet school horses here at the RDA and, as they get older, it has become an increasing challenge keeping them sound. We require really quiet and special horses to keep our riders safe and having a great time. We have recently started using Canterflex and we have been very surprised that it actually works.

Locking Stifles: A Whole of Horse Approach

August 2015

The masterpiece of engineering that allows horses to rest while standing - the ‘stay apparatus’ - can, at times, prove more harmful than good. Unlike humans, the ligaments surrounding a horse’s kneecap (patella) can lock onto the thigh bone allowing the horse to support its hind end with very little muscle support. This marvelous mechanism enables horses to rest, yet remain ever ready to flee from a predator’s surprise attack. 

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