Although not a new disease, coronary band dystrophy (CBD) as described by Dr. Steve O’Grady at the annual convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners is a relatively unheard of condition. This case series presented the clinical findings and treatment of 18 warmblood or warmblood cross cases of CBD characterized by severe hyperkeratosis of the coronary bands on all four feet.
Laminitis is the Most Common Reason for Horse Euthanasia
A 2-year prospective survey examined the rate of euthanasia and factors associated with euthanasia among 1,070 horses and ponies in Great Britain. This analysis was part of a larger study of laminitis that enrolled owners of healthy animals who responded via a web-based survey. Most respondents owned one to three animals for an average of about 7 years. Native pony breeds were most common and while most owners (60%) reported their animals were in ideal body condition, a third of the animals enrolled had a previous history of laminitis.
A group of scientists from Australia and the United States investigated the perfusion of the laminae when a horse stands with increased loading of one front limb such as occurs following a fracture repair that can lead to supporting limb laminitis in the opposite limb.
Triamcinolone (Vetalog) is one of the most common corticosteroids used for joint injections in performance horses. Although there is little hard evidence to support the concern, it has also been implicated as causing laminitis as an unfortunate side effect.
Although there is little hard evidence to support the belief, horseshoes have long been implicated as a cause of contracted heels in horses. Researchers in Poland conducted a cross-sectional survey to compare results between shod and unshod horses.
Horseshoes and Heel Contraction
Although there is little hard evidence to support the belief, horseshoes have long been implicated as a cause of contracted heels in horses. For this reason, researchers in Poland conducted a cross-sectional survey measuring the frogs of 114 horses in 22 stables and compared the results between shod and unshod horses.
Hoof Loading During Laminitis
A study by researchers from the Veterinary Medicine, Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany, examined hoof loading in laminitic horses compared with normal controls. Fifty-four horses were divided into three groups:
Boredom during stall confinement causes many equine behavior and welfare problems. Researchers examined seven healthy horses from the Brazilian Army Sergeants School for the behavioral and welfare effects of using a hay bag with small openings designed to extend the time required for horses to consume their daily ration of hay.
In a collaborative effort, Swedish, Dutch, Swiss and American researchers conducted an experiment with seven clinically normal upper-level dressage horses to examine movement asymmetry on a treadmill at walking and sitting trot speeds.
In this episode, Arizona farrier Eric Billingsley shows the 4-Star gooseneck trailer and truck he relies on to navigate the hilly, desert country he calls home. He purchased and designed that trailer about 20 years ago and it continues to provide Billingsley and his apprentices with business efficiency and peace of mind.
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