by Lisa Borzynski, DVM
A hoof abscess occurs when bacteria and debris gain entry into the hoof. The body’s response is to send cells and enzymes to the area, forming a purulent material. As the purulent material accumulates, it builds up pressure under the hoof. I often use the analogy of a blood blister under your fingernail, which builds pressure and causes pain until the pressure is relieved.
by Emma Hardy, PhD
While gastric ulcers have been a popular topic of discussion, it might be time to start thinking a little differently as recent research developments are shifting some of the focus from gastric ulceration to hindgut ulceration, and what’s more, it’s surprisingly prevalent. For dressage riders, any change in a horse’s temperament or performance will almost always be noticed. However, the explanatio
by Janine Wilson, DVM, CAC
The powerhouse for the increased impulsion and collection needed for dressage is the hindquarters. The joints of the hind legs—stifles, hocks, fetlocks and pasterns—are linked together by a passive stay apparatus of tendons and ligaments. The purpose of the apparatus is to allow the horse to rest while standing. Because of this anatomical linkage, the hind limb joints work together as a unit to pr