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Corticosteroids Vs. Anabolic Steroids: What’s The Difference?

Corticosteroids and anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of natural hormones produced by the adrenal glands and gonads. Although they stem from the same precursor molecule, corticosteroids and anabolic steroids have very different purposes and uses. Corticosteroids most commonly are used to reduce the pain and swelling of musculoskeletal problems caused by inflammation — arthritis (joint), […]

Bladder Stones: A Tricky, But Rare Issue In Horses

On December 26, Canadian champion grass horse Conquest Enforcer was euthanized due to complications from a bladder stone. After finishing last in the Grade 3 Red Bank Stakes three months earlier, Conquest Enforcer was back in training in Florida when veterinarians took the 5-year-old horse into surgery to resolve a problem with his urinary flow. […]

Lefties And Righties: Side Preference In Horses May Be Linked To Learning, Personality

Does your horse step out with the right foreleg to approach something new to investigate it? If so, consider yourself lucky. Your horse probably is an optimist. German researchers recently evaluated 17 horses, including one Thoroughbred, by offering them two boxes containing carrots, one box they could open for the carrot reward and one that […]

Can Horses Really Smell Fear? Yes, And That’s Not All

Think back to your first encounter with a horse. Were you warned that if you were afraid, the horse could smell your fear? It turns out that was good advice. People emit a particular chemosignal while experiencing a specific emotion that induces the same emotion in another person who smells that odor. Chemosignals are chemical […]

Can My Horse Make Me Sick? Maybe, Experts Say

Humans share a lot with their horses — even disease. A handful of infections can be passed between the two species — some are easily treatable, some can be fatal. In most of these cases, humans contract disease from horses; it is possible but less likely for an infected human to pass disease to a […]

What Happened There? Cliffs of Moher’s Death Reveals Complex Nature Of Shoulder Fractures

On Nov. 6, Cliffs of Moher (IRE) shattered his shoulder during the running of the Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse in Australia and was euthanized. The Williams family, co-owners of the 4-year-old Galileo colt, were stunned and distressed when he broke down. “That horse was sound as a bell, there’s no doubt about that,” owner […]

That’s A Mouthful: Racing Bits, Explained

Control the horse’s head and the rest of its body will follow. This simple principle applies not only to steering and stopping but to the horse’s mental state. A horse with a comfortable mouth is less distracted from its work. The two most common bits worn by racehorses are a D-bit and a ring bit. […]

When Laminitis Strikes, What’s Your First Line Of Defense?

The most important time to take action against laminitis is when a horse shows early signs or a high-risk event occurs that might trigger laminitis. Triggers for laminitis range from exposure to black walnuts to injury to physiological disruption from colic, high fever, retained placenta, or carbohydrate overload. In essence, anything that causes a horse […]

Should Radiographs Of Hooves Be Part Of Requirement For Auction Repositories?

“No hoof, no horse” is an axiom all horsemen know well. If a horse has a hoof problem, it’s going to affect performance, no matter how fit and healthy the horse. Despite the importance of a horse’s feet, sales companies do not list feet X-rays in their “required views” for the repository. Required views, as […]

Preventing Breakdowns: Why Routine Imaging Isn’t The Answer Yet

This is Part II of our two-part series on imaging technologies in equine medicine. Find Part I, which explains what each type of imaging does, here. Horsemen and racing fans always ask the question, “Why can’t high-tech diagnostics be used before a race to detect if a horse has a condition that might cause it […]