I found the article below by David Ramey, DVM extremely interesting. This is his summary of a lecture given by Dr. Dyson entitled "Equine Lameness: Clinical Judgment Meets Advanced Diagnostic Imaging." Since anyone who owns a horse has dealt with a lame horse at some point this a topic near and dear to most of us. I have bolded some of the statements that really surprised me. I'm still thinking about the whole article, especially the part about most horses do not need an MRI. I have highlited some areas of the text below that were of particular interest to me. Lots of food for thought. If you would like to read Dr. Ramey's article in its original location please click here.
So, I went to the American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention (December 6 – 11, 2013, in Nashville, TN). In addition to speaking on ethics in equine medicine, and having one of the best meals of my life (if you are ever going to Nashville, try to get into the Catbird Seat - you will not regret it), I also sat in on a very long lecture given by Dr. Sue Dyson. Dr. Dyson has made a great career for herself in Newmarket, England, where she’s achieved notoriety for her investigations into lameness. She is also one of the most meticulous record keepers that veterinary medicine has ever seen, and, as a result, she’s constantly publishing really great, well-researched, and well-documented articles about horse lameness, that involve lots of horses, articles that usually give great insight into various treatments and diagnostic approaches.
Gibson looking alert despite his droopy lower lip
We have seen this Amish carriage going past the farm several times lately. The horses always stop whatever they are doing and stare, riveted, as the carriage goes by.
Gus and Lofty watching the Amish carriage above. Gus is saying "you don't think they would ever expect us to do that do you?"
Johnny and Donovan
B-Rad, Darby and Alex
What mealtimes look like; Ritchie, Homer, Hemi, Apollo and Mose
Stormy and Clayton grooming
The World's Cutest Fainting Goats munching on some hay
Norman and Dolly
Apollo and Thomas
Walden and Fabrizzio