The Horse

FEB 2018

The Horse:Your Guide To Equine Health Care provides monthly equine health care information to horse owners, breeders, veterinarians, barn/farm managers, trainer/riding instructors, and others involved in the hands-on care of the horse.

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48 THE HORSE February 2018 perform diagnostic and imaging tech- niques as needed. "All PRCA rodeos have conveyances to move injured animals," Corey notes. Meanwhile, professional judges walk through the pens daily and, if they note an obvious problem with any of the horses, they alert the stock contractor who supplies that rodeo venue. Contrac- tors depend on these horses for their livelihood, so their health is of the utmost importance. "If the horses aren't healthy, they won't perform well or consistently, and this re- flects poorly on the stock contractor," says Corey. "So, the contractors are motivated to provide healthy horses that feel good." Western Performance Horses These timed-event horses participate in barrel racing, team roping, tie-down rop- ing, and steer wrestling. Most are trained for a specific event and rarely cross over between events, says Corey. Just as with most other equestrian disciplines, Espy says 60% of his work on these horses is standard sports medicine care, ranging from joint injec- tions (primarily hock but also fetlock, stifle, and coffin joints) and shock wave therapy to regenerative approaches such as stem cells and platelet-rich plasma. Similarly, he says he uses hoof testers, flexion testing, radiographs, ultrasound— particularly of the suspensory ligaments and flexor tendons—and even MRI as diagnostic tools to evaluate lameness in these horses. Espy says he mostly sees hind-end issues attributable to the nature of these horses' work: sudden acceleration, sliding stops, turns, and pivots. He says he rarely sees carpal (knee) problems. However, foot issues, such as coffin joint arthritis and/or podotrochlear disease of the navic- ular apparatus, are not unusual, particu- larly due to genetic propensities in certain lines of horses used in these sports. "Injuries in timed-event horses that are caused by the actual rodeo activity tend to be localized to hocks or stifles," he adds. Corey says he sees some muscle sore- ness, depending on how frequently the horse performs. "If soreness develops, the horse gets rested," he says. "Most contes- tants have more than one horse to ride, so they can rest their mounts in between." SPORTS MEDICINE Get back on track with Tildren ® * Tildren ® (tiludronate disodium) restores bone balance. Its track record for treating navicular syndrome and providing lasting relief from osteolytic pain is unmatched: To learn more about Tildren ® , visit To order, contact your preferred distributor or call 1-888-524-6332. Supporting your dedication to equine care. Do not use in horses with impaired renal function or with a history of renal disease. NSAIDs should not be used concurrently with Tildren ® . Concurrent use of NSAIDs with Tildren ® may increase the risk of renal toxicity and acute renal failure. The safe use of Tildren ® has not been evaluated in horses less than 4 years of age, in pregnant or lactating mares, or in breeding horses. Tildren ® is a registered trademark of Cross Vetpharm Group. All rights reserved. *CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. • Over a dozen published clinical studies supporting its safety and efficacy • 13 years of usage • More than 250,000 doses sold

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