Anatomy

Ringbone in Horses – Diagnosis & Treatment

What Ringbone is Ringbone in horses refers to a painful condition characterized by new bone growth. It affects either the pastern joint (“high ringbone”) or the coffin joint (“low ringbone”). What causes Ringbone Bony proliferation accumulating...

Vet Says: “Chew Your Food or You’ll Choke”

What is choke? Esophageal obstruction (choke) is a condition in horses that occurs when food becomes lodged in a horse’s esophagus. When the food gets stuck, it blocks the esophagus, rendering the horse unable to eat or drink. Choke should be considered...

So You’re Worried About Colic…

It’s been a long, wonderful fall with lots of relatively warm days until this past week when Old Man Winter suddenly made an appearance with a cold front coming through causing the temperature to drop by a whopping 20 degrees from 45 daytime highs to...

The Balanced, or “Normal”, Hoof

We know that the hoof is the primary cause of lameness in a horse. As the saying goes, “No hoof, no horse”. To set your horse up for success in the long term, the first thing we’re looking for is that balanced hoof. There are a few measurement...

The Equine Physical Exam – 120 Seconds and $0

There are few things you can do as a horse owner at zero cost, but a physical exam is one of them, and it brings extraordinary value to you as a horse owner. If you haven’t already read my 5 Rules for Equine Emergencies, take a look! The very first...

Genetic Testing: What it Can Mean for You and Your Horse

On September 25, 2014, Dr. Pat Griffin held a free educational seminar at Irongate Equine Clinic in Wisconsin covering the impacts genetic testing can have on horse owners. You can listen to the podcast and view the powerpoint here, but below is a written...

All Ears! Caring for your Horse’s Ears

The equine ear is a key component of the way your horse identifies danger, communicates with his herd and projects information to his rider. From an owner’s perspective, ears impart information about our horse’s temperament and stress level,...