Read this informative article by Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc about identifying, treating, and managing a stifle injury in your athlete.
"The stifle. It’s the largest and one of the most complex joints in the horse’s body. It’s also key to smooth locomotion, transferring energy seamlessly from the large hind-end muscles to the long, delicate lower-limb bones."
Have you ever heard of the "One Health Initiative"? TheHorse.com author Sarah Evers Conrad explores the fascinating collaboration between veterinarians, human doctors, behaviorists and other health professionals in an effort to solve similar problems for animals and humans alike.
Ms. Evers Conrad writes..."Similarities between veterinary medicine and human medicine abound, particularly when it comes to horses. Horses, after all, suffer from many of the same conditions people do: cardiovascular disease, salmonellosis, Lyme disease, joint disease, the eye disease uveitis, tendon issues, and cancers such as melanoma."
You are likely familiar with endurance races, but did you know there is a 1,000 kilometer race that lasts nearly 10 days and is considered the longest equestrian race in the world?
Ashleigh N. DeLuca of National Geographic writes, "Would-be competitors submit a written application and are interviewed by phone. There is a $13,122 (U.S.) race fee, which covers the cost of the horses, medical and veterinary support, GPS and tracking devices for each rider, interpreters, vehicles, and pre-race training."
The hoof and its role on overall equine health has long been a focus of my veterinary practice. The METRON program is a key tool that I use to help diagnose podiatry problems and communicate with farriers in correcting them. Here is an article that gives an overview of the program and it's value.
Contact us if you are interested in hearing more about how we can help your horse using this valuable tool.