I've never been an "A-rab" person, and frankly never thought I would be, having grown up around cowboys, Quarter Horses and all the good-natured biases that entails. As a matter of fact, I couldn't have told the difference between Bey Shah and bay shrimp. But that was before I met Chaniaah.
Stem-Cell Therapy for Suspensories
Equine career-ending injuries such as tendon, suspensory and ligament injuries, and fractures are responding well to advances in stem-cell technology, says Dr. Van Snow, DVM, of Santa Ynez, California (see WH article "Stem Cell Strides," May 2007). The equine lameness specialist uses a handful of methods to treat these injuries, including fat-based stem-cell therapy.
"Hock Havoc" in our April 2007 print issue addressed the use of hock injections and other treatments for managing an equine athlete's lower hock-joint health, including osteoarthritic conditions. In addition to shoeing, turnout and training-routine changes, surgical fusion and supplementation can be factors in maintaining hock health and minimizing potential performance problems, as can injections of hyaluronic acid and polysulfated glycosaminoglycans.
Pre-Purchase Evaluation Process
We couldn't step you through the pre-purchase process (described in this month's print feature, "9 Things You Don't Know About Pre-Purchase Exams") because no veterinarian uses exactly the same procedure. They'll all be equally thorough in their own way. Dr. Ed Murray outlines his procedure, giving you a glimpse into the process. Allocate two to four hours for this evaluation.
Overhead Trailer Picket LineAt horse shows, trail rides or just about any other kind of activity, you'll notice quite a few ways of taking care of horses. Of course, you might luck out once in a while and find stalls or small corrals for rent, but usually the trailer becomes your horses' home, and they sure will head right for it when the ride or competition is over.