Ringbone is a type of arthritis characterized by bony proliferation on the coffin joint and pastern.
The Sung Oyate (Horse People) is a group of veterinarians, veterinary students, farriers, and veterinary technicians that travel each summer to provide veterinary care to the equines on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Dr. Alderman has traveled to South Dakota to work with the Sung Oyate for three years now.
Compounding drugs is the process of customizing a drug for a horse when a commercially available one does not already exist. This is a necessity to meet the therapeutic goals for a horse’s health, and is important for successful veterinary care. Illegally compounded drugs are drugs which often are created as less expensive alternatives to FDA approved medication.
Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a neurologic disease in horses caused by infection with the protozoan Sarcocystis neurona (SN). SN infects horses when they ingest the organism in contaminated feed or water. The definitive host of this organism is the opossum, which passes the organism in its feces.
In winter terrain and weather, a horse that’s down on ice is in a life threatening situation. The horse may be suffering from an injury from falling on the ice, or have hypothermia from laying in the snow/ice for a long period of time. This is often from an inability to stand due to poor traction and muscle weakness from the cold.