A landmark national study organized by the American Association of Equine Practitioners was conducted to identify factors associated with the development of pasture- and endocrine- (hormone) associated laminitis in North America.
Soaking Hay For Ponies
Many studies have examined the effects of soaking hay, specifically on the hay itself, but this randomized crossover experiment examined the effects of feeding regular hay, soaked hay (soaked in water for 14 hours, followed by 30 minutes to drain) and haylage on the insulin and glucose responses in 12 ponies — six with normal insulin/glucose metabolism and six with insulin dysregulation.
Genetics Of Osteochondrosis
It is widely agreed that osteochondrosis (OC) is a multifactorial problem with nutrition, environment and genetics all playing a role in its development. This retrospective cross-sectional survey was conducted to evaluate the genetic component of OC and estimate its heritability in a population of Australian Thoroughbreds.
Follow-Up On Walking Horse Study
Publication of a study reviewed in the March 2018 “Research Journal” sparked a letter to the American Journal of Veterinary Research, as well as a response from the authors.
X-Rays And Cutting Horses
Researchers examined presale radiographs of 343 Quarter Horses in training to identify lesions associated with the likelihood of competing in cutting events, the likelihood of earning money and the amount of money earned during their 3- and 4-year-old years.
A cross-sectional study in England examined the accuracy of owners reporting laminitis in their horses and ponies. The objective was to determine the percentage of owner-reported cases of laminitis that were later confirmed by a veterinarian and to compare the owner’s observations of potential risk factors to the veterinarian’s observations.
Arthritis Treatment Inconclusive
A case series treated with polyacrylamide gel was used to examine the effectiveness of the treatment for arthritis. Joints of 28 horses with naturally occurring arthritis in coffin, pastern fetlock or knee joints were injected with a medical grade preparation of the substance that is used as a lubricant or filler gel for plastic surgery or laboratory testing.
Hoof Lameness Treatment
Methods of temporarily causing a lameness in a controlled manner can be useful when conducting research on pain relieving medications. However, most commonly used models are either very short lived and only produce a momentary lameness in response to a brief painful stimulus or are not reversible.
Risks For Grass Founder
Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College conducted a prospective cohort study of risk factors for the development of pasture associated laminitis (PAL, also called grass founder) among ponies with no previous history of laminitis.
Treating Extensor Process Fractures
While many fragments off the extensor process of the coffin bone are not associated with lameness, large fragments that involve the articular surface can cause problems and require treatment.
Florida farrier Sandy Johnson talks about footing considerations, including the effects of extreme weather on arena footing and how to address problems competing horses can experience at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.
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