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
by Scott Swerdlin, DVM
In recent years, major advances have been made to improve equine diagnostic imaging capabilities. Issues relating to subtle lameness or lack of performance can be challenging to diagnose using standard veterinary lameness examinations. Advanced scanning technologies, such as nuclear scintigraphy, can be very useful in identifying origins of subtle lameness or reasons behind poor performance. Nucle
by Clair Thunes, PhD
In my role as an independent equine nutritionist, I work with a lot of dressage athletes. For the most part, these horses are fairly straightforward in terms of their nutritional needs. However, there are three common problems that I have observed: insufficient trace minerals, inadequate vitamin E and a lack of quality protein.