Anatomy & histology

Hoof wall growth

Hoof wall growth is an amazing process. The hoof wall continues to grow throughout the horse's life without the close connection with the coffin bone suffering from it. The hoof wall slides…
Treatment and prevention

Coronary band resection

A coronary band resection is the removal of a small portion of the hoof wall just below the coronet with the objective of: Stimulation of proper wall growth in the…
Theories and causes

ADAMTS-4

One enzyme of interest is the cartilage destroying enzyme ADAMTS-4. In the lamellae a protein is present that is degraded by this enzyme. Too much of this enzyme could lead…
Treatment and prevention

Tenotomy and desmotomy

Tenotomy, the division of the deep digital flexor tendon and desmotomy, the cutting of the check ligament, are procedures that aim to eliminate the rotation of the coffin bone. The…
DefinitionTheories and causes

Hypertrichosis or hirsutism?

Human medicine distinguishes between hypertrichosis and hirsutism. Both terms refer to a condition associated with excessive hair growth. Hirsutism is characterized by excessive hair growth in those parts of the…
Living conditions

Social interaction

As soon as the laminitic horse is able to move again, it is good to give him company. Choose a quiet horse as a companion, preferably a horse the patient is…
Living conditions

Potassium

By over fertilising for years with both organic and inorganic fertiliser the soil may contain a surplus of potassium. Dried chicken manure especially contains high levels of potassium. Too much potassium in…
Living conditions

Grazing muzzle

Grass leaf tips contain lower NSC levels. A grazing muzzle helps prevent the horse from grazing the grass lower down. Grazing speed decreases. Food enters the digestive tract more slowly and steadily. The…