Friesian Advocate

105. Contracted Tendons in Foals

Contracted tendons are a common problem in newborn foals. In mild cases, the problem will often resolve on its own in short period of time. In more severe cases, intervention and therapy may be required. One such therapy Veterinarians can apply is the use of an intravenous antibiotic called oxytetracycline. Contracted tendons are a congenital…
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104. Distichiasis

Distichiasis, a rare condition in which extra or “double” eyelashes grow from eyelids, should be considered as a possible cause when diagnosing certain eye conditions in Friesian horses such as excessive blinking, excessive tearing/watery eyes or chronic corneal ulceration. Distichiasis is rare in horses and is a result of unorganized and additional eyelashes that emerge…
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103 Myth or Real? There may be more to aortic rupture in the Friesian horse than can be explained by the current knowledge regarding collagen and elastin.

Answer – Real A recent literature search turned up an article entitled “Friesian horses show higher arterial blood pressure compared to Warmbloods” which immediately caught my attention. A group of researchers at the University of Gent explored the idea that hypertension could be a possible risk factor for aortic rupture in Friesian horses and, because…
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