Category: Footcare/Lameness

Dental care

Equine dental care is often neglected. As humans we are always off to the dentist for our 6 month check-ups. Horses are just like us, they can …

Thrush and canker

Maintaining your horse’s feet in good condition is of primary importance. Neglected feet can develop many conditions which, if left untreated, …

Tendon injuries

Tendon injuries are a common occurrence in the athletic horse. Although injury can occur in any tendon in any type of horse and age, the superficial …

Taking your horse barefoot

Are you thinking of taking your horse barefoot?  If so, here is some useful information …

Subsolar abscess – pus in the foot

A subsolar abscess, or pus in the foot, is an infection beneath the sole of the foot. Subsolar abscesses cause severe pain to your horse due to …

Stem cell therapy

Tendon, ligament and joint injuries are common occurrences in horses, and up until recently …

Sidebone

Sidebone is the name given to the ossification (bony formations) of the flexible collateral cartilages of the distal phalanx (coffin bone) in …

Shoeing problems – how to deal with them

Problems with shoeing are most commonly due to horses not being willing to pick up their feet or having them handled, rather than being due to …

Seedy toe

Good hoof care is essential in avoiding conditions such as quittor. Regular trimming and/or …

Quittor

As every horse owner knows, the horse’s foot is a very complicated structure. It may not look it from the outside, but within the hoof wall …

Penetrating foot injuries

As every horse owner knows, the horse’s foot is a very complicated structure. It may not look it from the outside, but within the hoof wall …

Osteochondrosis

Osteochondrosis (OCD) is a failure of normal cartilage and bone development at the joint surfaces of long bones. This leads to bone fragmentation …

Osteoarthritis – the facts

Osteoarthritis (also known as ‘arthritis’ and ‘degenerative joint disease’) is a progressive, degenerative condition …

Nerve blocks – the lame horse

Lameness is a common problem in horses of all ages and types. It can be frustrating, expensive and time-consuming trying to get to the bottom …

Navicular disease

Navicular disease cannot be cured, but there are various treatments available that can relieve the symptoms to a certain degree. Your vet will …

Navicular bursitis

The navicular bursa is a small fluid-filled structure in the foot that acts as a cushion where …

Nail bind/nail prick

Foot problems are a common cause of lameness in the horse, accounting for 90% of all forelimb lameness problems. However, the importance of meticulous …

Ligament injuries

Ligaments are soft tissue structures that connect bone to bone in the skeleton. Injury of these supporting structures is a common cause of lameness …

Laminitis – the facts

Laminitis is a common but often poorly understood disease. It is usual for owners to believe it only occurs in spring in small ponies. This is …

Lameness examinations

Unfortunately, lameness in horses is very common and it is one of the most likely reasons …

Lameness

Lameness is the most common reason for horses needing veterinary attention. Athletic horses place huge stresses on their limbs and injury is common. …

Kissing spines

Kissing spines is a colloquial name for over-riding spinous processes. The spinous processes are the vertical projections …

Horseshoes

Foot problems are one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. However,footcare is often overlooked by owners. Neglected feet can develop …

Fractures

If you have ever been around horses, you will be aware of the frequency with which horses injure themselves compared to other pets. This may be …

Footcare – the barefoot option

The term ‘barefoot’ is closely associated with more than just the care of your …

Footcare

Foot problems are one of the most common causes of lameness in horses. However, the care of horse’s feet is often overlooked by owners. …

Flexural limb deformities

The most commonly seen flexural deformities are contracted tendons and joint hyperextension. …

Corns

Humans aren’t the only ones who can get corns, horses can suffer from them too! Dry corns, moist corns and infected corns are all causes …

Bruised sole

A bruised sole is very common in horses. Both shod and barefoot horses are susceptible, and they can range from minor bruising that heals quickly, …

Bog spavin

Joints are complicated structures that are prone to a variety of disorders. Bog spavin is one such condition that is most commonly seen in young …

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