Equine carpal sheath effusion has multiple etiologies. The purpose of this retrospective study was to describe the prevalence of distinct musculoskeletal lesions lameness in a sample of horses with a clinical diagnosis of carpal sheath effusion.

Category: Equine - Imaging - Lameness

Previous descriptions of the clinical features of navicular disease occurred before the widespread use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allowed a more definitive diagnosis of foot pain. The objective of this study was to compare the clinical features of horses with lesions of the podotrochlear apparatus with those with other causes of foot pain. It was hypothesised that primary navicular bone disease would be associated with more advanced radiological findings than other diagnoses.

This retrospective study provides long-term results of medial patellar ligament (MPL) desmoplasty in horses with intermittent upward fixation of the patella (UFP) that were treated at a single referral hospital over a 7-year period.

Follow-up interviews were conducted with owners, trainers, or referring veterinarians using a standardized questionnaire.

Category: Equine - Lameness

OBJECTIVE: To characterize discrete palmar carpal osteochondral fragmentation in horses and to document the effect of osteoarthritis and surgical removal of these fragments on functional outcome.

DESIGN: Retrospective case series.

ANIMALS: 25 horses.

Tendinitis of superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) represents a major cause of injury in the equine athlete. Although numerous treatments have been described, few are effective and a great potential remains for recurrence and, in certain cases, an abrupt end to the horse.

Category: Equine - Lameness - Stem cells

ReGeneraTing Agents (RGTA) are nanopolysaccharides engineered to mimic heparan sulfates and have been shown to stimulate tissue repair and healing (skin, cornea, gingival, and muscle) in several animal models of injury and in human medicine. A preliminary study, monocentric and uncontrolled, was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of a dedicated RGTA (named Equitend) in improving the healing quality of the injured tendon after a single and ultrasound-guided intralesional injection.

Category: Equine - Lameness - Tendon
Authors: T. Pfau, C. Spicer-Jenkins, R. K. Smith, D. M. Bolt, A. Fiske-Jackson and T. H. Witte
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

REASONS FOR PERFORMING STUDY: Subjective evaluation of the response to diagnostic analgesia of hindlimb lameness is influenced by expectation bias. Quantification of pelvic movement with inertial measurement units is possible, but it is unclear which measure of movement symmetry best reflects the changes seen after diagnostic analgesia.

Authors: De Zani D, Polidori C, Di Giancamillo M, Zani DD.
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

To document the relationship between radiographic measurements of the equine foot and the presence of lesions in the foot on MRI. We hypothesised that different radiographic measurements would be associated with specific lesions detected by MRI.

Category: Equine - Imaging - Lameness
Authors: Jennifer S. Taintor, James Wright, Fred Caldwell, Bailey Dymond, John Schumacher
Journal: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

Degenerative joint disease (DJD) or osteoarthritis in the equine is largely a result of biomechanical stressors that result in inflammation within the joint, which with continual exposure, leads to progressive degeneration. A myriad of therapies are available for treatment of horses with DJD including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, physiological modifiers, and biological therapies.

Authors: C. E. Reix, C. C. Burn (nèe Broster), J. C. Pritchard, A. R. S. Barr and H. R. Whay
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing the study Lameness is prevalent in working donkeys and has major welfare implications; however, a detailed study of the associated clinical signs is lacking. Objectives To describe the range and prevalence of clinical signs and conformation associated with lameness in working draught donkeys. Study design Prospective, cross-sectional, observational study. Methods Data were collected from 102 working draught donkeys in Pakistan.