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Is My Neurologic Horse Safe to Ride?
Take a thousand-pound equine athlete, add a neurologic disorder such as equine protozoal myeloencephalitis or cervical vertebral stenotic myopathy (often referred to as wobbler syndrome), and you get a situation that undoubtedly presents safety risks for riders and handlers, not to mention the animal itself. Less clear is the horse’s athletic future; each equine patient is unique, as is its neurologic condition, and veterinarians must shoulder the complex task of declaring whether the horse is safe to ride… (read entire article here)
Study: Some Supplements Can Reduce Equine Joint Inflammation
Synovitis—simply put, joint inflammation—is one of the leading causes of lameness in horses worldwide. It also contributes to the development of osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition that has no definitive cure.
In horses, nutraceuticals are widely used to manage and slow disease progression for both synovitis and osteoarthritis. However, “the efficacy of nutraceuticals remains controversial, and the quality of scientific studies is generally low,” explained Eline Van de Water, a PhD student and veterinarian at the Ghent University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at in Belgium.
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Participation Sought in Study on Collapse, Sudden Death
Researchers from the University of Bern, in Switzerland, and Texas A&M University, in College Station, have recieved many survey responses from horse owners, trainers, riders, and veterinarians who participated in a study on collapse and sudden death in horses. But the team is opening surveys up for additional responses for a few more weeks.
“The questionnaires will remain online for a few more weeks,” said researcher Cris Navas, MS, PhD, LV, Dipl. ACVIM, a clinical assistant professor at Texas A&M. “If you have ridden, trained, or treated a horse that collapsed or died during or near exercise your input is very valuable. You can help us find information to design strategies to prevent these episodes by filling in the questionnaires.”
EMS and the Slippery Slope to Laminitis
If you look at sensitive hoof tissues of a horse with septic laminitis and one with endocrinopathic laminitis under a microscope (called histology), you can tell the cases apart. Mechanical failure of the laminae, which suspend the coffin bone within the hoof, occurs in both, but it happens differently. In septic cases (with a toxic cause) inflammation and separation of the laminae are evident. In cases linked to endocrine problems, there’s stretching and increased cell proliferation, but no inflammation. These differences are helping scientists understand exactly how and why endocrinopathic laminitis occurs and in which horses.
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