Lethargy and loss of stamina in the competitive horse can originate from a variety of clinical problems.  Upper airway conditions are common and are a potential source, however, even then, there are contributing factors.  Dorsal displacement of the soft palate and laryngeal hemiplasia are specific problems found intermittently in the horse, which can be troublesome…

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Exercise induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in the horse is a common problem especially in the Thoroughbred racing industry and the Quarter Horse competing in barrel racing.  The precise cause of the bleeding in the lungs is uncertain but only theorized currently.  Despite the heavy usage of medications including Lasix or other diuretics, the problem of…

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Suspensory ligament desmitis in the horse can take many forms and have a variety of presentations.  In all, if not most, there is a lameness noted by a head-nod or reluctance to stretch out in front.  This can be evident on different levels, dependent upon the degree of damage to ligament and which area is…

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Anxiety is very common in the horse, especially noted in the lighter weight and leaner breeds, such as the Thoroughbred. The anxiety is often self-evident in the horse by seeing vices such as cribbing, pawing, weaving, or just overall restlessness.  The anxiety, when uncontrolled, will also lead to a high incidence of gastric or stomach…

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EPM has become a common clinical problem in the horse, being primarily a parasitic infection of the central or peripheral nervous system cased by Sarcocystis neurona.  The condition is commonly diagnosed in all breeds of horses and different levels of activity from the backyard companion to the elite dressage competitor.  When not managed properly and…

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