Veterinarians in Melbourne, Australia, examined the relationship between fetlock injury identified by increased radiopharmaceutical uptake on nuclear scintigraphic (bone scan) images of the palmar/plantar regions of the distal condyles of the cannon bones and the solar angles of the hooves of Thoroughbred racehorses in training.
Heart-bar horseshoes that incorporate an adjustable pressure screw are used as a reversible model of hoof pain for experimental studies of anti-inflammatory medications. In this trial, researchers applied heart-bar shoes to five mares. They measured three biochemical markers for inflammation in the bloodstream, as well as dorsal coronary band temperature, before and after the shoes were adjusted to create a Grade 4 lameness (obvious at a walk, AAEP scale 0-5) to determine the role inflammation plays in this model of hoof pain.
Creating Lameness for Inflammation Study
Heart-bar shoes that incorporate an adjustable pressure screw are used as a reversible model of hoof pain for experimental studies of anti-inflammatory medications. In this trial, researchers applied heart-bar shoes to five mares.
Novel Laminitis Treatment
An experimental trial in Canada examined the effects of placing a bone screw through the dorsal hoof wall into the coffin bone as a way to stabilize the bone and prevent the rotation associated with laminitis. The pullout strength of the lag screw technique was first tested in cadaver specimens.
Incidence of Laminitis in Great Britain
Population survey studies of laminitis are rarely reported in the literature compared to papers that investigate the underlying pathology of the diseases and how to treat it.
Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College’s Structure and Motion Laboratory in the United Kingdom examined the effects of three common hacking surfaces (asphalt, gravel and grass) on foot placement, movement symmetry and hoof impact deceleration during the walk and trot.
A cross sectional study examined the association between insulin levels and the severity of laminitis among horses diagnosed with Cushing’s disease, also known as equine pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction.
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