Young horses put into fast work before their bones are properly conditioned are at risk for splints.

Why horses develop splints

Conformation and training schedules can contribute to this common inflammatory condition affecting the horse's cannon bone.

Pasture injuries in horses often involve soft tissues that are slow to heal.

Horse still feels the effects of a pasture injury

Pasture injuries in horses often involve soft tissues that are slow to heal.

Small brown miniature horse with scar over left hip.

First known hip replacement in horses deemed a success

The Miniature Horse arrived at the clinic with severe hindlimb lameness an irreparable dislocated and damaged left hip.

Close up of a horse's hind limbs.

4 facts about stocking up

If both of your horse’s hind fetlocks become puffy in the dead of winter, chances are the cause is a relatively harmless condition known as “stocking up.”


Supporting Equine Mobility: What’s in Your Nutraceutical?

Chronic pain, stiffness and inflammation—especially in the joints—are common challenges in working horses. Alternative supplements with potent natural ingredients can help restore healthy movement without the drawbacks of traditional drugs.

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Cornell's Equine Seminar Series presents "Is My Horse Lame? Identifying Subtle Lameness in Horses"

The virtual seminar is hosted on Zoom and open to the public and free, but registration is required.

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PEA-um shows promise for horse joint treatment

A small-scale preliminary study suggests that a natural fatty acid compound called palmitoylethanolamide (PEA-um) can help ease pain associated with joint disease in horses.


Three things to do for your arthritic horse this winter

Just as your own joints may ache more in the winter, older, arthritic horses feel the cold more than their younger herdmates. But you can help keep them comfortable.


Why Some Horses Have "Sticky" Stifles

The ability to “lock” the stifle joint in place allows a horse to snooze while standing with minimal muscular exertion but sometime the structure won’t readily unlock, which presents a problem.


Coping with Arthritis in Horses

With modern medical treatments and management options, your arthritic horse can remain active longer and enjoy a better quality of life. By Joanne Meszoly for EQUUS magazine.


"Should I call the veterinarian?"

If you ask EQUUS Managing Editor Christine Barakat this question, she's going to always answer the same way. And not because she doesn't know a lot about horse health care, but because she knows she doesn't know enough.


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.

close-up up of horse legs performing side pass

Joint swellings that aren't serious

Puffy hind fetlocks aren't necessarily a sign of injury. Most likely it's just "stocking up."

English rider is galloping horse

EQUUS Pop Quiz: Tendon Troubles

How much do you know about what stresses the critical connectors between your horse's muscle and bone? Take this test to find out.

riding in ring

How to Interpret Your Horse's Head Bobs

How a horse's head bobs up and down can be an important clue to lameness. Here's how to read what you see.

A horse running through a flooded and muddy turnout area.

Slip and fall injuries in horses

Slick footing can lead to several types of injuries in horses. Here's how to identify and manage each.

A person holding and feeling a rear fetlock on a horse.

How to cope with ringbone

Medication, specialized farriery care and/or surgery help many horses with this type of arthritis remain sound and healthy for years.

Woman loping a chestnut horse in Western tack across a field.

The type of exercise that benefits arthritic horses

Although it may seem counterintuitive to make a horse work despite his stiff, painful joints, exercise has several benefits.

A veterinarian flexing the hock of a bay horse

Do a spring soundness checkup

With the return of warmer weather, now is the time to make sure your horse is ready for the rigors of regular work.

A woman in a navy jacket watching a horse jog out for lameness.

Improve your eye for lameness

Identifying the source of gait abnormalities can be tricky. Here’s how you can build your lameness-locating skills.

A veterinarian watching a horse be jogged for a lameness exam

Potential downside of sedation during lameness exams

Research shows that sedation can mask certain types of lameness.

A close up of a horse picking out a horse's hoof.

Why hoof bruises happen

Trauma to the underside of the hoof is a common cause of lameness. Here’s how you can help your horse stay sound.

Close up of a horse's hind limbs.

Q&A: A pastern joint problem

Inflammation or injuries in the annular ligament can make it impossible for a horse to set his hind foot flat on the ground.