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Farrier and Imaging Technology for a Positive Outcome for Laminitis – Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

Sponsored Content- with Paul Goodness, CJF – Farrier Laminitis is a common condition of the equine hoof that can vary in severity from mild intermittent lameness to severe pain and an inability to stand, resulting in a guarded prognosis. The disease is caused by inflammation of the laminae of the hoof, which attaches the tough outer hoof wall to the sensitive inner structures of the hoof and holds the coffin bone in place within the hoof capsule. In severe cases, the laminae inflames to the point of failure and can no longer support the coffin bone. The coffin bone will then rotate (tip forward) inside the hoof capsule and cause permanent damage. Over the past decade, veterinary medicine, diagnostic...

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UMD Breeding Program on Hiatus

Breaking News from the University of Maryland The University of Maryland Equine Studies program at the College Park campus announced yesterday that it is placing the equine breeding program on hiatus until a more sustainable funding model can be developed. Dr. Amy Burk, coordinator for the program stated, “I am very proud of what the program helped achieve in the last five years, including the training of our hard-working students and the quality of the horses we produced.” The program has trained over 80 students in equine breeding and sales and helped students land jobs in the breeding industry in...

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Oh How They Grow!

An Update on the University of Maryland Equine Breeding Program (first published in the August 2017 Equiery) by Dr. Amy Burk, Associate Professor, Equine Science, Department of Animal & Avian Sciences, University of Maryland Ask any horse breeder and they will likely agree that it’s amazing how fast a foal grows. One minute you’re helping to hold up a newborn suckling foal and the next minute you’re watching it cross the finish line at Laurel Park race track. It feels like just yesterday that the University of Maryland brought back its breeding program in 2013 after a 30 year hiatus. We had two main goals: to expand our real-world training opportunities for equine students and to enhance our relationship with the horse industry. To date, over 50 students have witnessed the birth of 11 foals on-campus. We’ve sold seven offspring at the renowned Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred auction, grossing $30,000, with all proceeds going back into the program. There are two UMD-bred horses currently racing: the now four-year-old stakes-placed Maryland’s Best (Rock Slide x The Best Sister) and three-year-old Fear the Fire (Friesan Fire x Daylight Lassie). Maryland’s Best, who has earned nearly $40,000 to date, put our program on the map when he placed third in Maryland Million Nursery Stakes on Maryland Million Day. You would have thought he won the Preakness the way students, staff, and faculty celebrated! Fear...

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Maryland Horse Council News

Letter from the Maryland Horse Council President Neil Agate (first printed in the September 2018 print edition) I hope you are enjoying all the wonderful equestrian activities that summer has to offer. Although the incredible amount of rain we’ve had this summer may have given some of us less saddle time than we’d like, the weather has not slowed down the Maryland Horse Council. The MHC has been very busy with strategic planning and will be publishing a new Strategic Plan shortly. As always, The Equiery has been hitting its optimum stride and we’re about to publish our eighth edition since bringing the magazine into the Horse Council family in January. The Maryland Equine Transition Service (METS) is kicking into high gear and recently moved into the MHC/Equiery offices in Lisbon. We will also implement over the next few months exciting plans to bring in more members, more sponsors, more advertisers, and more volunteers, all with the goal of broadening our ability to reach, unite and serve the more than 100,000+ horses, their owners, and equine-related businesses in Maryland. All of these activities, and many more outlined in the Strategic Plan, need one thing to guarantee the MHC’s success… VOLUNTEERS. We are fortunate to have a small staff, but they need the support of our member volunteers to make great things happen. Whether it’s helping out at Horseland or...

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Diagnostic Imaging – Which One Is Best? – Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center

Diagnostic imaging techniques for determining lameness in horses is constantly evolving and improving, assisting veterinarians to provide accurate diagnosis, prognosis and appropriate treatment options. Understanding imaging options will allow you to understand why your veterinarian has suggested one over another. Digital radiography(X-ray) provides clear, detailed images of bony structures of the horse and is used to diagnose fractures, bone cysts, and arthritis. However, radiographs create a two-dimensional image of three-dimensional bones, and thus can miss subtle abnormalities, especially in complex joints. Ultrasonography sends sound waves by a hand-held probe into the horse’s body. Structures with different densities reflect sound waves back to the probe, which in turn creates digital images. These high quality images are useful to monitor and diagnose soft tissue, joint and bone injuries; however, this technique cannot penetrate through bone, and only the surface of bone is visible. Nuclear Scintigraphy (Bone Scan) involves injecting the horse with radioisotope that tracks to actively changing bone and highlights bony injuries or changes. Using a gamma camera to scan the body, injured bone and tissue absorbs more radioisotope than healthy bone and tissue. This technique is useful for multiple limb lameness, inconsistent lame- ness, lameness detected at speed, kissing spine, neck arthritis and sacroiliac joints. But, it is a screening tool that often identifies a region to further investigate with additional imaging techniques to determine a specific diagnosis. ComputedTomography(CT) provides...

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Introducing the 2018 Foals!

This year, we had 172 photos representing 62 different foals; which is greater than what was submitted in 2017. Enjoy all of the foals below! All of the information for each foal is above their photo To view multiple photos, mouse over the image and arrows will pop up, allowing you to click through and view the rest Click on the image to view the full size version Allora • Westfalen NA • Filly • sire: Alla’Czar • dam: Rotura • dam’s sire: Rotspon • owner: Cindy Spooner, Union Bridge, MD • breeder: Karen Severns, New Blessing Farm, Mount Airy, MD • photographer: Karen Severns, Mount Airy, MD Ariel • Chincoteague Pony • Filly • sire: Unknown • dam: Rizza • dam’s sire: Unknown • owner: Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Lisbon, MD • breeder: Unknown • photographer: Pamela Wheeler, Frederick, MD Blue and White Royal • Morgan • Filly • sire: Gladheart Black Harris • dam: Meridens Glory • dam’s sire: Caduceus Jesse • owner: Joanna Kelly, Blue and White Morgans, Jarrettsville, MD • breeder: Same • photographer: Judy Lalingo, Jarrettsville, MD Catching Fire • Hanoverian • Filly • sire: Chacco’s Rubin • dam: Balouette du Rouet • dam’s sire: Balou du Rouet • owner: Valerie Fox, White Plains, MD • breeder: Same • photographer: Meghan Palensky, White Plains, MD Cinch (right) • Quarter Horse • Colt • sire:...

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