Can you suggest a nutritional approach to increase my old gelding's soundness while preventing hives?
A group of researchers reviewed available literature to help owners and veterinarians better understand insulin resistance, what role it plays in equine metabolic syndrome and the development of laminitis, and how these conditions impact the overall health of your horse.
My mare is thin and has some lameness issues from contracted tendons and poor hooves. What can I do for her?
If a horse suddenly develops tenderness in a hoof, it is possible an abscess has formed. Abscesses have varying stages of severity, but they have one thing in common: they are created to flush toxins from the body.
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of subcutaneous connective tissues. In horses, cellulitis causes pain, inflammation, and often lameness.
As elements of the pastern joint, the sesamoid bones are under stress each time the horse takes a step. There are several factors to consider when treating injuries to this area.
Disease of the navicular bone, also called the distal sesamoid bone, and its associated soft tissues are often at the root of chronic forelimb lameness.
A thoughtful, high-quality nutrition program is the foundation of hoof health, but other management strategies can keep hooves sound and functional.
As a high-motion joint, the fetlock, or ankle, is vulnerable to soundness problems. Lameness or enlargement only of the fetlock joint can occur with inflammation of the soft tissues (ligaments and tendons), cartilage, joint capsule, or bones.
Levels of osteocalcin, a marker of joint metabolism, might help to identify very young foals that are at increased risk of developing skeletal problems such as osteochondritis dissecans (OCD).
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