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Hock Swelling – Thoroughpin or Something More Serious?

I have a 3 yr old mare that has developed a swollen hock on the right back leg. She is not lame, there is no heat, and there is swelling in the hock. The swelling is soft and feels like

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Kissing Spines

My 7 year old Thoroughbred eventer was recently diagnosed with “kissing spines” in the area under the saddle. What causes kissing spines? How common is it? Does it affect certain breeds or horses that are doing certain disciplines more than

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Oral Hyaluronic Acid

Is there any evidence that hyluronic acid is effective orally.  I presently have my horses on legend.  FYI I’m a medical doctor. EC, Vermont Dear EC, The short answer is “yes.”  The paper entitled “Serum Hyaluronic Acid Levels in the

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Four month old filly has developed epiphysitis. Fitting her up for a fall futurity and she has developed two epiphysitis bumps on her front ankle. Getting tender. Taken the second crop hay away and reduced the grain intake. Her show

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Choosing the Right Joint Supplement

I have been using vita flex, flex free maximum strength joint support formula for over 15 years on my dogs, which has worked wonderfully.  I cannot seem to find it anymore, do you have any other suggestions? JP, Wyoming Dear

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Is ringbone the same thing as arthritis? MS, Florida I have a 16 year old TB mare with ringbone. She has been used as a broodmare ever since she has retired from the racetrack. She has a mild lameness due

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Are Windpuffs Something To Worry About?

Ok, I realize this is not the most exciting question, but it does “haunt” me at times. My 18 hh Hanoverian has windpuffs on his hind fetlocks, quite large ones. So far they have not caused any issues other than

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I have a 26-year-old warmblood who is 17 hands. He is looking good and feeling great except his sidebone on his right front is starting to bother him. He limps quite a bit when it is cold but still jumps

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Managing Navicular Disease and Navicular Syndrome

I am about to lease a 15 year old quarter horse who was diagnosed with navicular a year and a half ago. This great horse was a real ranch hand and then came to the East Coast to be the

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“Bowed” Tendons and “Pulled” Suspensories

My 15 yr. old mare has been diagnosed with tendinitis. She has been lame about 2 yrs. I have had her x-rayed, the vet says there are no signs of arthritis. She gets better then she gets worse. I have

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Clicking Joints

We are pleased to have a guest veterinarian provide an answer today. At SmartPak, we realize the importance of staying on top of the latest research, nutritional products and horse health issues, while helping to promote increased involvement of veterinarians

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Laminitis Can Strike All Breeds of Horses!

Please help me understand what laminitis (founder) is! It was devastating to watch a beautiful horse like Barbaro succumb to this disease last year, and frustrating to know that the best care in the world couldn’t prevent it. Didn’t Secretariat,

Posted in Diseases and Conditions, Lameness, Skin, Coat & Hooves

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