What's the number one rule to prevent laminitis? The Animal Health Foundation presents a humorous video of a horse that can unlock any latch and make a beeline for the grain room. Is your horse's grain room horse-proof? Gorging on grain can cause laminitis, and you should call your veterinarian if it happens.
The Blacksmith Buddy is a new tool for horseshoeing and hoof trimming education. A plastic leg in a jointed hoof stand simulates a horse, so the student can hold the leg between the knees and learn to use tools in the natural position. When done, the hoof capsule can be replaced; the tool was invented by California racetrack shoer Wes Champagne.
One of America's top rodeo horses was stricken by laminitis in 2011. National Finals Rodeo World Champion Team Roper Turtle Powell hoped that AQHA/PRCA 2010 Team Roping Header Horse of the Year RA Sonoita Silver (a.k.a. "Vegas") could be pasture sound and enjoy a pain-free retirement. He hadn't counted on the help he'd get from farrier Blane Chapman. By December 2012, the pair was headed to Las Vegas for the 2012 NFR Finals. No one there thought they'd ever see the horse again.
The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is pleased to announce that Kurt D. Hankenson, DVM, MS, PhD has been appointed as the first incumbent of the Dean W. Richardson Professorship in Equine Disease Research. The Dean W. Richardson Professorship was established by Mr. and Mrs. M. Roy Jackson, following the hospitalization of their Kentucky Derby winner, Barbaro, at Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center.
The Hoof Blog provides a direct link to a collection of new papers on laminitis research provided as open access by the British Equine Veterinary Association Foundaiton. The papers are publishing in the November 2012 edition of Equine Veterinary Journal, which would normally charge as much as US $40 per article to view online.
Today is the anniversary of the death of the great racehorse Secretariat. We look back on what laminitis meant then, and what it means now--and what we are doing to change the picture of this terrible disease.
T he Animal Health Foundation's Dr Don Walsh has answered some questions about The 2012 Equine Endocrinology Summit and how the information presented relates to laminitis research. Some of the speakers at the Summit included AHF-funded researchers Melody De Laat from Oklahoma State, Nicholas Frank from Tufts and Philip Johnson from the University of Missouri.
Top three-year-old Thoroughbred colt Paynter has been diagnosed with post-colitis laminitis at Upstate Equine Medical Center near Saratoga, New York. This blog post gives background on laminitis and its relationship to colitis.
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The International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot has published its call for abstracts for the 2013 conference, to be held November 1-3, 2013 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The document, visible below, can be downloaded for your reference or shared to social media.
A new video from the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) announces that the group is extending its pasture-associated equine laminitis research project into 2013, in hopes of collecting more cases from the field. Known as The Laminitis Research Project, data submitted by AAEP-member practitioners and horse owners will be collated and analyzed to reveal new information to help more veterinarians with diagnosis, treatment and prevention of laminitis.
The Animal Health Foundation, a leading research support institution working to solve the mystery of equine laminitis. Learn about activities in 2012 and plans for 2013, along with an easy-to use- donation form for last-minute holiday gifts.
Can an anti-inflammatory medication have curative power over a disease like laminitis? Researchers at the University of California at Davis are beginning clinical testing of a new medication called t-TUCB, an anti-inflammatory compound from the sEH (soluble epoxide hydrolases) inhibitors, that might be an outside-the-box hope for helping horses suffering with the disease.
Great Britain's Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and the WALTHAM® research group are pleased to announce that veterinarian Elizabeth Finding, has joined them and the WALTHAM®-led International Laminitis Consortium to start her PhD on laminitis, which will focus on why some horses are at high risk for equine laminitis by studying the reactivity of certain blood vessels in the horse's foot, especially in reaction to environmental changes such as frosty weather.
Two weeks after delivering a foal, the mare – who had foundered previously – was struck again by laminitis. This time around, she was on her side “90 percent of the time,” said Chad Wing, who managed the Thackerville, Oklahoma, farm where she lived, owned by Pro Football Hall of Famer and sports commentator Terry Bradshaw.
A new paper from the world of laminitis research finds that the anti-inflammatory protein apolipoprotein A-IV (APOA-IV) is raised in chronic laminitis, which suggests that the chronic form of the disease is linked to a more general inflammation, especially of the digestive system, than was previously documented. Professor Bhanu Chowdhary and Dr Samantha Steelman from the College of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University, found 16 proteins which have different levels in the blood of horses with chronic laminitis, but which are not reflected in normal horses. They compared nine foundered horses with 30 healthy control horses collected from horses residing at the private Hoof Diagnostic and Rehabilitation Clinic in Bryan, Texas, where horses are in treatment under the direction of David Hood PhD DVM . In other words: Chronic laminitis may show up most in displacement of the coffin bone, prolonged or intermittent lameness and hoof capsule deformity, but the digestive and immune systems are also affected.
In Great Britain, a study found that 43 percent of horse owners waited more than a week after suspecting laminitis before seeking veterinary intervention. This article describes some thing horse owners can do to prevent equine laminitis, Cushing's syndrome and insulin resistance in their horses.
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