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03/09/2015

Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. The pain can be sudden or long-term, and may result in an obvious lameness or the horse ‘just not being right’. Osteoarthritis, commonly shortened to arthritis, can result from a range of factors, but all result in joint inflammation and degradation. We’ll take a look at how this happens and what we can do about it. Let’s get technical, technical!

06/27/2016

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

05/26/2016

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

04/13/2016

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).

08/25/2015

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.

07/29/2015

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. 

06/01/2015

The condition known as a locking patella or locking stifle is not uncommon in the horse world. You may have heard horse owners talk about their horse that has stifles that ‘catch’ or ‘lock’, or you may have experienced this condition firsthand in your own horse. Mechanism and anatomy The anatomically correct term for this condition is upward fixation of the patella (UFP). To understand the principle behind this condition, knowledge of the anatomy is important. The stifle is the most complex and largest joint in the horse.

04/23/2015

Tendon injuries can occur in all equines - young and old, active and the not so active. But, what does a ‘bowed tendon’ actually mean? The first step in understanding what can sometimes be a frustrating injury to manage is knowing the anatomy of the horse’s lower legs.  Anatomy 

03/31/2015

Lameness is one of the top three areas of equine veterinary medicine, along with colic and reproduction. Joint disease is the most common cause of lameness and results from pain during movement. The pain can be sudden or long-term, and may result in an obvious lameness or the horse ‘just not being right’. Osteoarthritis, commonly shortened to arthritis, can result from a range of factors, but all result in joint inflammation and degradation. We’ll take a look at how this happens and what we can do about it.  Let’s get technical, technical! 

03/12/2015

Arthritis leading to lameness is one of the most common conditions affecting our equine companions and can result in significant pain during movement. A better understanding of the disease process and joint anatomy will help you understand how veterinarians manage and treat this condition. 

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