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Splints

By Justin High, DVM

In the grand scheme of things, splint bones perform a useful function in horses. Whether on the front or hind limb, splint bones help form the base of support for the lowest joint in the carpus (knee) or the hock. 

Pre-performance Routines and Rituals

By Anna Mitchell

If you have been following my articles, then you will know that I place a lot of emphasis on flexibility for peak performance. I have stressed the importance of being able to adapt to changing circumstances and “roll with the punches” during a performance because rarely does everything go according to plan. So how does a pre-performance routine fit into this approach? Is that not an oxymoron?

You Are Only as Good as You Think You Are

Self-confidence; that ever elusive necessity for peak performance. It gives us the courage to push ourselves to extremes, allowing us to achieve beyond our wildest expectations. How can something that makes such an impact be so fragile? Some days you feel like you are on top of the world and can do anything; other days you're wondering if you can manage to get out of bed without messing up.

Surviving The Futurity

Is it really that time of year again? It seems like just last month I was writing an article on preparation for last year's futurity and here we go again. Stress Management  keeps popping up but it is particularly relevant this time of year as everyone heads to Fort Worth and Oklahoma City to battle it out.

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Equine Guelph Makes Fecal Collection Easy With How-To Video

fecalvideoEquine Guelph's fecal collection videoEquine Guelph has launched a new 2 ½-minute video to help horse owners with parasite management. When a growing resistance to dewormers is cited as a major issue concerning horse owners today, a fecal exam to see if your parasite control program is working makes sense. Collecting a manure sample is easy, but it must be done properly to ensure accurate test results.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture?

badtoothWell, for starters, it just looks bad. Secondly, there is a normal tooth misplaced, a terribly diseased tooth hanging on for dear life and another gone altogether. If pictures could smell, this one would. The black tooth smelled as bad as it looked.

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Joint Junctions and Functions

guelphjointVisit Equine Guelph's Journey Through Joints for interactive tours through a horse's joints.Get connected at the joint junction with Equine Guelph's interactive online "Journey through the Joints" tool. Put the "fun" in function when it comes to learning what is normal and what is not - in equine joints! Sponsored by Zoetis, the visually striking healthcare tool helps horse owners achieve well-rounded knowledge regarding causes of joint disease and stages of arthritis.

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New Educational Videos Available at RethinkDeworming.com

merialscreenshotEducational videos are available at rethinkdeworming.comWhen it comes to deworming horses, the message has been confusing. After all, for more than four decades, horse owners heard the same one: rotate. But now, rotating is old news. What’s the new message? Be strategic about your deworming.

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What I’ve Learned From Horses

Horses are great animals for many reasons, but if you think about it, they are excellent teaching tools for people. Now I have as much appreciation for horses as anyone, but I am convinced they are not the smartest animals on the planet. They do, however, have great memories. This is one of the main reasons they are such teachable/trainable animals. 

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Tunnel Vision

[caption id="attachment_37626" align="alignnone" width="219"]Lane LivingstonLane Livingston[/caption]Lane LivingstonAs a veterinarian, I really have to work so I don't develop tunnel vision when it comes to the horses I get to work with. My examinations are not that different from any other vet.  They revolve around whatever problem the horse is presented for – lameness, colic, a wound, eye injury, you name it. The owner or hauler brings them in, or I take a look at them wherever they may be. Haltered and on the end of a lead rope, we go through the formalities of an exam.