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After a busy spring, which included judging the Extreme Mustang Makeover in Norco, CA, Debby and I attended Bishop Mule Days, as we have for the past 37 years, before heading to Santa Ynez, CA for the 5th annual Light Hands Horsemanship clinic.
Here’s wishing you and your horses a safe, sound summer.

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"Lameness: Its Causes & Prevention"

Learn How to Keep Your Horse Sound for a Lifetime!

How lame: Avoiding the most preventable horse malady

Veterinarians in general equine practice probably have to see more lameness conditions than anything else. Horse practice is, to a large extent, orthopedics. This isn’t true of any other animal we treat. Except for broodmares, the horse is invariably an athlete. So if a dog, cat, cow, sheep, or human goes lame, that patient can remain functional, but for most horses, a permanent lameness means retirement (if the horse is lucky), or worse.

Virtually every experienced horse owner has had to face the tragedy of a horse becoming permanently unsound due to lameness. The problem is most severe in performance horses (race and show animals), but it’s prevalent even in “backyard” pleasure horses. A majority of performance horses go prematurely lame, however. The pity is that most of the causes of such lameness are preventable.

This fact is what inspired me to make a new video, “Lameness: Its Causes and Preventions (see below).”

New DVD: Lameness: Its Causes and Prevention
Lameness: Its Causes and Prevention (Video Velocity, c. 2012; 90 minutes)” summarizes Dr. Miller’s experience over a 65-year period as to why horses go lame and what can be done to prevent it. The 11 most common causes of lameness and how to prevent them are covered in this excellent new video, which also includes expert information on hoof trimming by Mary Cotaill; conformation faults by Julie Winkel, and new lameness therapies by Dr. Shane Miller, DVM (no relation to Dr. Robert Miller).

The video is an essential for horse owners, says Dr. Miller, because, “It describes why most—but not all—lamenesses are preventable. The most common tragedy in horse ownership can usually be avoided, but you have to do things right. That’s why I made this DVD.”

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Q. What are the most common causes of lameness in young horses?

A. It depends upon the breed and the discipline. For example, in racing Thoroughbreds, fractures of the sesamoid bones are fairly common, whereas they would be rare in other horses. Peruvian Pasos are resistant to most of the common lameness’s, yet predisposed genetically to failure of the suspensory apparatus.

Navicular problems are common in Quarter Horses, but rarer in Arabians. In any horse, proper conformation, foot care, nutrition, and intelligent and conservative training schedules are the most effective ways of avoiding issues with lameness.

New This Month:

Check out Dr. Miller’s newest DVD, “Lameness: Causes & Prevention,” and “Is It An Emergency?” – A book of dog cartoons by RMM.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Interested in catching one of Dr. Millerís summer or fall lectures?

Robert M. Miller, D.V.M.
  • June 8-10, Sacramento, CA: Western States Horse ExpoDr. Miller will be signing books at the Spalding Labs (Fly Predator booth).

  • Enjoy the Big Island with Dr. Miller at the Hawaii Horse Expo, August 11-12:
    This annual event features workshops, presentations and exhibitions from the nation’s leading clinicians and equine industry experts. This year’s lineup includes Rick Lamb, Richard Winters, Linda Tellington Jones, and Charles Wilhelm. For info, go to, or call organizer Nancy Jones at (808) 887-2301.

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