Horse Illnesses & Injuries

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New ways to aid healing of horse stifle injuries

Diagnosis and treatment of injuries in this complex joint of the horse have never been easier, thanks to advances in research and technology.

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The causes of trailer-related injuries in horses

A study found that transport injuries are more common than previously thought and specific driver behaviors increase the risk

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Ride Along With The Veterinarian—Charles C.M. Arensberg, VMD | Hock Injury

Diagnostic imaging aid evaluation of a former race horse’s hock injury

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What You Should Know: Why are horses hurt in trailers? When and how do injuries occur?

Two new studies report statistics of transport-related equine injuries

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The Sound of Science: Veterinary podcast explores prevention, prediction of Thoroughbred racehorse injuries

What is the role of screening MRI and young racehorse lower limb injury history in preventing catastrophic racing injuries?

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Lameness is a symptom, not a disease: Fetlock injury prevention

Racehorses are statistically vulnerable to fetlock injuries. What can be done to prevent them?

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Racetrack injury rates reported

A racing industry database shows a slight decrease in the rate of fatal breakdowns in 2014.

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What You Don't Know About Barn Hygiene Could Hurt Your Horse's Performance

Horse Health Can Be Impaired By Excessive Ammonia

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4 ways to prevent spring training injuries

If your horse has been idle over the winter, take some time to tone him up to avoid injuries from stressing unfit muscles.

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“Aging” an injury

You can't witness every minor injury your horse sustains in real time. Here's how to tell if that lump is old or new, and what to do about it.

Gloved hands feeling the tendon on a horse's legs

5 ways to prevent tendon injuries

What's better than the successful rehabilitation of a tendon or ligament injury? One that doesn't happen at all. Here are some precautions to minimize injury.

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Tongue Injuries

Wounds to your horse’s tongue can easily go unnoticed— but that doesn’t mean they can be ignored.

A horse with a withers injury may be reluctant to move his neck up and down or from side to side. Photo © EQUUS

Comeback from withers injury

An unusual injury to the withers casts doubt on the future of an easygoing gelding.

A sudden swelling on a horse's leg is always cause for concern. Photo © EQUUS

An Unusual Tendon Injury

The odd location of a tendon injury turns out to be good news for a talented young cow horse.

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How to Wrap a Hoof Injury

Here's how to apply a hoof bandage that will stay put and keep the wound clean.

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An Equine Eye Injury Mystery

What was causing a gelding's eye to water wasn't nearly as baffling as how it got where it did.

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When to Use Hot vs. Cold Therapy on Equine Injuries

Deciding whether to use ice or heat on an equine injury depends on many factors. Here's a quick guide to when and why each therapy is most effective.

An Inspiring Recovery from Two Hoof Injuries

After sustaining two severe hoof injuries as a yearling that threatened both his soundness and his life, a gelding named Fritz defies the odds of recovery.