Friesian Advocate

07: Myth or Real? “Shivers” in the horse may be a result of a degenerative lesion in a portion of the brain called the cerebellum.

Answer: Real Two recently published papers have taken further steps to define the muscle disorder, “shivers”, (difficulty lifting up the hindlimbs combined with difficulty walking backwards, hyperflexion of the hindlimb often occurs when backing up, often no difficulty moving forwards) that is seen in several different breeds of horses. In the first paper, Dr. Stephanie…
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05: Myth or Real? Surgery is always indicated for young horses suffering from OCD (osteachondrosis dissecans) of the stifle.

  Answer – Myth In a recently published article, researchers looked at stifle and hock OCD lesions in thoroughbred weanlings/yearlings to determine if surgery had an impact on future racing performance. Owners of thoroughbred weanlings and yearlings will have radiographs taken prior to the yearling sales, offering them the opportunity to diagnose OCD lesions in…
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04: Myth or Real? “Stall Side” blood analyzers can be an accurate method of assessing the health status of your horse.

Answer – Real In a recently published paper, two blood proteins, fibrinogen and serum amyloid (SAA), that signal inflammatory conditions (illness/injury), were evaluated with respect to their potential to help veterinarians quickly assess the health status of a horse, especially those horses in training. The study looked at Thoroughbred horses in race training where a…
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