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​The Pre-Purchase Exam: A Practical Understanding of Today’s Technology & Its Limitations

March 28, 2015

The Pre-Purchase Exam: A Practical Understanding of Today’s Technology & Its Limitations I originally presented this at the AAEP in December 2005 in Seattle.  The majority of what is described here is unchanged today.By Craig T. Roberts, DVM Purchasing A Horse - Jan 4th, 06 The pre-purchase exam is often a confusing and varied experience for the horse owner. Standards of examination, duration and required components (i.e. radiographs, etc.) vary wildly from veterinarian to veterinarian and within discipline.  Similarly, the emphasis of certain points of the examination is subject to great shifts based upon intended use, current level of training, age and intent for resale that all influence how the exam is reviewed.  My intent here is to discuss technological advances and how they influence information that can be gathered on a pre-purchase exam.  However, before launching into detailed discussion on particular pieces of equipment, I feel it is important to take a brief...

​Management of Lower Hock Pain in the Performance Horse

March 28, 2015

Part I:  Understanding how these joints function very differently than all other joints in the limbsSport horses are frequently afflicted with degenerative conditions (arthritis) due to the nature of the performance demands we place on them. One of the most common areas this occurs is the lower two hock joints. The hock is a complex of four different joints. In humans it is akin to our ankle. For the purposes of this discussion we are singling out the two lowest joints of the hock as the lower motion joints. Arthritis of these lower two joints is so common it has been termed “bone spavin” as a common name for discussing the condition.The lower motion joints of the hock are unique in that they are a major origin of subclinical performance issues (commonly sore back syndromes, poor movement and limited or asymmetric push from behind), yet they are not essential for movement of the hock.  For this reason they can be viewed in a radically different manner than other “high”...

Resveratrol: The new wonder drug for your Equine Athlete!

December 18, 2014

The new medication for Performance Horses: ResveratrolThis is the active ingredient in Equithrive™  Resveratrol is a newly synthesized medication that reduces the body’s overall production of inflammatory mediators. Unlike traditional anti-inflammatories, Resveratrol can be administered safely on a long-term daily basis without unwanted side effects like gastrointestinal ulcers or kidney failure.  What it doesResveratrol works to limit the body’s production of chemical messengers that cause inflammation in damaged cells and tissues. Other drugs work by trying to curb the inflammation process after it already has begun. Thus, Resveratrol is a proactive rather than reactive approach to controlling the significant damage that can be caused by unregulated inflammation from training. This is the primary cause of joint deterioration over time. Thus, using an anti-inflammatory such as Resveratrol makes sense for long term joint maintenance. What you get from using it...

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December 18, 2014

The site will be password protected so our customers and client base can enjoy these educational materials privately.  As we start to build our video education program, a small annual fee to subscribe will be offered to support the program.  These videos will be on cutting edge as well as traditional topics to dispel common urban myths and allow a practical understanding of the ever changing Sports Medicine field.Enjoy!  And thanks for your support!  Keep looking back to see how you can become part of the team!

Add YOUR possible video topic suggestion here!

December 18, 2014

We welcome your input on possible topics!For example:Proper Bandaging, polo wraps to cross country bootsHow to address the under run heel horse with your vet-farrier relationshipHow to properly pull a loose shoe and protect the hoof until your farrier can reset itWhat medications are safe and effective for the long term management of my horses joints?How do I recognize a medication that is from a Compounding Pharmacy and what is it important to know about these medications?Feel free to send me a suggestion on our contact us page!or e-mail my directly:ctrdvm@synergyequine.solutions