Category: Horses

23 Jul 2021
inflammation in horses

Whole-body Inflammation in Horses

Equine researchers have been studying the concept of whole-body inflammation and its links to a variety of health problems for years. But what is whole-body inflammation?  How does it relate to my horse’s overall health?   Whole-body inflammation in horses When someone mention “inflammation”, you may picture a localized swollen area on a limb or […]

09 Jul 2021
arthritis in horse hocks

Arthritis in Horse Hocks

  Arthritis in the small joints of the horse hock is a very common condition affecting all types of horses.  It is not just a disease of old horses; in fact, we regularly see this in horses around seven or eight years old, and it is often picked up in the autumn as the weather […]

09 Jul 2021
suspensory ligament injury horse

Spotting a Suspensory Ligament Injury in Your Horse

Suspensory ligament injuries in horses affects all breeds and ages but are particularly a problem in competition horses where inflammation of the suspensory ligament can occur in the fore- or hind limbs. The suspensory ligament acts as a sling for the fetlock in both the fore- and hind limbs and is therefore subject to overload […]

18 Jun 2021
recovery in horses

7 Steps to Quicker Recovery in Competition Horses

  It is competition season and quicker recovery in competition horses (and riders) after an intense training session or competitive event, is critical in limiting damage caused by inflammation. Any kind of intense exercise naturally creates stress in the body, especially around areas of impact, such as joints and soft tissues of the distal limbs. […]

16 Oct 2020
mallanders sallanders horses

Mallanders and Sallanders in Horses

  Mallanders and sallanders in horses are a type of scaly itch, also known as hyperkeratosis: an overproduction of keratin.  They appear on the flexures of the knee and hock: mallanders appear on the back of the knee and sallanders on the front of the hock.   When you first notice these, they may seem […]

04 Sep 2020
tendonitis in horses

Treatment Plan For Tendonitis in Horses

Any seasoned sportsman or woman can tell you:  It only takes one bad step.  Injuries happen quickly and unexpectedly and can change the course of your life. Or your horse’s life. Injuring a critical soft tissue structure like the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT), means that your horse can be fine one moment and then […]

07 Aug 2020
horse cough

6 Types of Horse Coughs You Should Not Ignore

If your horse coughs occasionally, there is normally nothing to worry about.  This is a perfectly natural way of keeping their airways clean from dust or small debris. Some coughs, however, may be an early sign of an inflammatory condition that deserves prompt action.  Understanding the different types of coughs coupled with good judgment, may […]

07 Feb 2020
ddft deep digital flexor tendon injury

Deep Digital Flexor Tendon Injuries in Sport Horses

FEI-certified veterinarian, Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, heads the Sport Horse Program at Hagyard Equine Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. In this second part of the series he explains how this common type of sport horse injury happen, how it’s treated and how it may affect your horse’s career: “DDFT DAMAGE The deep digital flexor tendon […]

31 Jan 2020
suspensory ligament injuries

Suspensory Ligament Injuries in Sport Horses

FEI-certified veterinarian, Duncan Peters, DVM, MS, heads the Sport Horse Program at Hagyard Equine Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky. In this post he explains how suspensory ligament injuries in horses happen, how they’re treated and how they may affect your horse’s career. “Jumping, speed, uneven ground and fatigue put eventers and jumpers at greater risk […]