Osteochondritis dissecans is not an unusual finding on the radiographs of young horses. While surgery is indicated for some young horses, conservative treatment can be appropriate in many instances.
Malfunction of a ligament in the stifle can cause the joint to become locked, and the horse is unable to move the limb normally, sometimes appearing severely lame. The problem is not unusual but severity depends on numerous factors.
Exercise is vital to the proper skeletal growth of young horses. Lack of exercise can contribute to developmental orthopedic disease in foals and weanlings.
Roach-backed horses are less common than swaybacked ones.
To get the best results and avoid the possibility of serious injuries, horses should be trained in a program that asks for gradual improvement, guided by the specific fitness response of each horse.
While bone formation normally proceeds smoothly, in horses with osteochondrosis, the cartilage or growth plates do not mature into bone normally. Retention of the cartilage can then lead to osteochondritis dissecans or subchondral bone cysts.
Injuries to the sesamoid bones of Thoroughbred racehorses are common. To understand changes in sesamoid bones, researchers reviewed images from over two dozen racehorses at the onset of the study and then again after a year of training.
Hooves take a beating in the colder months, outside horses are surrounded by mud or frozen ground, and stalled horses spend some time standing in bedding that may be soaked with urine. To keep hooves as healthy as possible, keep these tips in mind.
Laminitis is any inflammation of the laminae that interdigitate between the hoof wall and the inner structures of the hoof. These laminae can become inflamed in any generalized systemic condition which can affect peripheral circulation.
A study conducted was designed to evaluate the worth of cryotherapy when used on horses that were being treated for colitis and were therefore at increased risk for laminitis.
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