Tag: horse health

08 Nov 2019

Elite Equine and Lameness in Horses

Steven B. Adams, DVM, from the School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, sheds some light on this easily overlooked condition: “Lameness is defined as an abnormal stance or gait caused by either a structural or a functional disorder of the locomotor system. The horse is either unwilling or unable to stand or move normally. Lameness […]

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11 Oct 2019
depressed horse against green trees

Elite Equine and Depression in Horses

VioVet Ltd., one of the UK’s largest and most trusted veterinary supply retailers, brings this somewhat unknown phenomenon into the light: “Sensitive to a number of stressors, horses get depressed just as easily as cats and dogs. Prolonged stress can lead to gradual withdrawal and decline in horses, whether caused by environmental triggers or chronic […]

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16 Aug 2019

Elite Equine and Salmonella Infection

Heather Smith Thomas, horse trainer and author of Care And Management Of Horses, writes: Salmonellosis affects humans, horses, most mammals, and birds. It can cause debilitating – and even deadly – diarrhoea. Salmonella bacteria can affect both foals and adults, and they spread easily by horse-to-horse contact and sharing tools, water buckets, hands, etc., on which bacteria […]

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09 Aug 2019

Elite Equine and cellulitis

Meg Hammond and Callie Fogle, Doctors of Veterinary Medicine, offers insight into this painful infection: Few situations shout ‘Emergency!’ louder than a horse refusing to bear weight on a grossly swollen leg. ‘A lameness with significant swelling should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible,’ says Meg Hammond, DVM. You’ll want to keep […]

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02 Aug 2019

Elite Equine and minimizing injury

EquiSearch, well-regarded with people who love horses, published an article on some precautions to take in order to minimize tendon injury: “What’s better than the successful rehabilitation of a tendon or ligament injury? One that doesn’t happen at all. While it’s impossible to completely avoid injury in an athletic horse, the following precautions might help […]

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26 Jul 2019

Elite Equine and the food we feed

Katie Young, Ph.D. and equine nutritionist, gives some guidance as to good feeding practice: “When horses are in their natural situation, wandering on thousands of acres, grazing throughout the day and moving freely, their digestive systems work fairly well with small amounts of forage moving through pretty much all the time. But with the demands […]

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19 Jul 2019

Elite Equine and retiring your horse

A few Doctors of Veterinary medicine gives much needed advice if you are considering retiring your horse: “Retirement for most horses is a fairly informal process. The best way to retire a horse is to gradually decrease his activity level, based on his changing physical abilities. But it’s not always easy to decide when to […]

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12 Jul 2019

Elite Equine and Fatigue Failure

Chris Whitton, head of the Equine Centre in Melbourne, gives his view on fatigue failure in horses: “In elite racehorses, biology is pushed to the limit – about four tonnes is placed on the joint surfaces in a galloping horse’s lower limb with every stride, and these repeated loads have the potential to cause injury to […]

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05 Jul 2019

Elite Equine and Navicular Syndrome

Equine vet, Charlie Tomlinson, gives her thoughts on managing Navicular Syndrome in horses: “If your horse is diagnosed with the condition it must feel like a crushing blow, but do not despair! Nowadays there’s so much you can do to manage a horse with Navicular Syndrome. The more we understand about the underlying processes, the […]

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28 Jun 2019

Elite Equine and exercising the arthritic horse

Roland Thaler, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, suggests that some exercise for the arthritic horse may be more beneficial than none: “Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint that, when unchecked, leads to degradation of the cartilage and the remodelling of the bone in and around a joint. Poor conformation, advanced age and obesity can make […]

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