Key Worming
May13

Key Worming

By Ben Sturgeoan, BSc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVSPolVam Currently there are no new types or classes of wormer on the immediate horizon and the major conclusion of recent research was that “worm control programmes should be designed to be sustainable using presently available drugs.” Historically, a blanket zero tolerance approach was undertaken and potentially still has its place in some yards where horses come and go frequently and in...

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Windgalls: To be or not to be?
Jan17

Windgalls: To be or not to be?

by Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS Comedy, they say is all about… timing. Sometimes medicine is that way too. We’ve probably all heard of the patient who goes in for a routine appointment only to find and have successfully treated a life-threatening condition and of the heart wrenching tales of misdiagnosis resulting in excruciating loss of life. Lady luck is a temperate mistress and is the simple reason that I and...

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Back Pain
Dec06

Back Pain

by Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS When presented with a lame horse, the wisen among us should ascribe the differentials fall into one or more of three categories.  Lameness due to pain, due to a mechanical interference, or lameness due to a neurological deficit.  This is quite correct and will diagnose the vast majority of diseases affecting the back such as overriding dorsal spinous processes (kissing spines), abnormal...

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Bone Spavin
Sep04

Bone Spavin

Among all the sports medicine problems faced by the horse, bone spavin is probably the most common. It affects jumping and dressage horses, endurance horses and hacks. Fortunately, with treatment it can be managed effectively for years with horses competing and with little or no limitations. With recent advances in treatment, even horses that once would have had to retired from serious work can now be treated successfully and go back...

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The Genetics of Gaitedness
Jul04

The Genetics of Gaitedness

by Ben Sturgeon, Bsc, BVM&S, Cert EP, MRCVS In the summer of 2012 the British Equestrian team, Olympians and Paralympians, were showered with medals of all colour. Perhaps one of the most surprising was that of Charlotte Dujardin who changed her final dressage routine, mid test. Instead of performing the steps practised and memorised for months she and her horse did something entirely different. She won gold! It is a well known...

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