Understanding and Addressing Lameness

January 2017
WELCOME to the first electronic edition of the Center for Equine Health Horse Report. This email-only newsletter will be published twice a year in addition to our regularly printed Horse Report publication. We are pleased to bring you the latest in equine health news at UC Davis. With plans for a new Veterinary Medical Center, we will continue to lead veterinary medicine and advance equine health long into the 21st century.
How Do You Know if a Horse is Lame?
Some types of lameness are obvious. The horse that is pointing a hoof and barely loading the limb (or displaying a large head lift when the affected limb is loaded) needs help. Subtle lamenesses, however, are more difficult to recognize, and early detection and intervention are often key to successful resolution.
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What is Equine Footing Science?
The J.D. Wheat Veterinary Orthopedic Research Laboratory team—directed by Dr. Susan Stover, a professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine—conducts research on footing to improve equine health and injury prevention. Initially focusing on racing safety for racehorses and jockeys, the team also studies arena surface footings for other equine disciplines, such as dressage and jumping.
Immediately Translating Research Findings to Clinical Application
UC Davis equine clinicians and researchers currently learn a great deal from each other’s disciplines, but rarely work hand-in-hand on horses presented for evaluation of lameness or other gait abnormalities. The future of equine research and care at UC Davis seeks to blend those two worlds into the most up-to-date performance center anywhere in veterinary medicine.
Join Us at the Kentucky Derby
On the first Saturday of May, an average of 150,000 visitors gather at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky for one of the most anticipated sporting events of the year, the Kentucky Derby. Join the Cal Aggie Alumni Association for an all-inclusive Kentucky Derby tour experiencing the beauty of horse country, the Kentucky Bourbon trail and the wonder of race day. 
UC Davis Bones Scans Improving the Lives of Racehorses
With funding from the Center for Equine Health and generous donors like the Carol Green Sundance Ranch Fund, the UC Davis veterinary hospital recently acquired the world's first PET scanner to be used on horses. ABC10 Sacramento visited the hospital recently and spotlighted the device in a news feature.

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