Charles Briggs received his DVM from the WCVM in 1976 and has owned and operated Beckwith Veterinary Clinic Ltd. as an Equine practice in the aBriggsSherwood Park area for 35 years. Charles primary area of interest is lameness. The focus of the practice has become primarily competition sport horse maintenance. Attaining licenses in England, Ontario and Alberta has allowed for exposure to a full range of horse interests at Olympic, World Championship and various professional levels.

Definition of a competition horse: any horse being worked or ridden three or more days a week with a particular goal or discipline in mind.  The focus of this presentation will be to discuss the medications that are available for the horse owner to maintain soundness while competing [1].

A horse that can maintain a very good level of performance may not be absolutely sound, but is able to work within the limitations of its discomfort.  This leads to the concept of sound, sounder, and soundest as a day to day description of this horse.

It is wear and tear that will change the status of most horses from sound to some degree of unsound barring an accident. There is a significant amount of strain injuries that are predisposed to by subclinical soundness.  Some of the red flags of unsoundness are: becoming difficult in the box (roping & dogging horses), drifts left or right over fences, starting to hit barrels or running wide, more difficult on one rein or circle(dressage & reining) and not stopping straight (penning & roping).


Connie Larson received a B.S. in animal science and an M.S. degree in animal nutrition at Montana State. While earning a Ph.D. degree in animal alarsonnutrition at New Mexico State University, she investigated the influence of trace mineral supplementation on reproduction, immune response, performance and trace mineral status. Her duties at Zinpro Corporation include conducting equine and beef cattle research trials, and providing technical service.

Many questions often arise within the equine industry regarding nutrients that are important for maintaining sound feet and legs in the horse. When we consider the most critical interactions between nutrients and hoof maintenance or growth, we have to keep in mind that the first priority is balanced nutrient delivery to meet the over-all requirement of the horse. Nutrient requirements are based on the mature weight, age and performance or production demands of individual horses. It is necessary to meet all the requirements for energy, protein, vitamins and minerals before we start to focus on nutrients for a specific function such as hoof growth. As we evaluate the diet more closely to determine the interactions between nutrients and growth of the various hoof tissues, we turn our attention to specific amino acids, minerals and vitamins. In addition, it is helpful to start with an understanding of a few hoof function basics and the cornification process that produces the hoof capsule.


Ron Anderson has enjoyed a life-long career in the stable industry and he and his wife Marilyn currently operate Sylvancrest Stock Farm east of Calgary. In addition, Ron has provided horse auction pedigree and commentary for over 35 years. His voice is familiar to many as a premier agricultural event announcer. In 2003, Ron was named Western Horse Review’s Horseperson of the Year.

First and foremost I don’t consider myself an expert on bits. I don’t pretend to be an expert on horse anatomy. I am just a layman like you who has usedaRAsmall bits to hopefully communicate with horses. Some of what I may know about horses and bits came from thoughtful sharing horsemen. Some came from experience. Not all of which was good. But it was educational if I remembered what happened just before what happened…….happened.

Bits are thousands of years old. The earliest horsemen were trying to communicate with the horse. It was about control and getting the horse to perform the rider or driver’s wishes. Several thousands of years later we are still working with that in mind.

The thoughts I share here were not initiated by academic research. They are not profound. They were developed in dust, dirt, round and square enclosures and discussions on hay bales with horsemen. As a result they are my opinion. I believe they are more or less logical. They do (for the most part) work for me.


Frank Andrews is a graduate of Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He completed an equine medicine and surgery residency atAndrews with horse The Ohio State University and is Board Certified in Large Animal Internal Medicine. After 20 years at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine as Professor and Section Chief, he is currently LVMA Equine Committee Professor and Director of the Equine Health Studies Program at Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS) is a condition in horses characterized by ulcers in the terminal esophagus, proximal (squamous) stomach, distal (glandular) stomach, and proximal duodenum [1]. Diagnosis of EGUS is based on history, clinical signs, endoscopic examination, and response to treatment. All ages and breeds of horses are susceptible to EGUS, and current pharmacologic strategies focus on blocking gastric acid secretion and increasing stomach pH, which creates a permissive environment for ulcer healing.  However, long-term treatment with pharmacologic agents is expensive and requires frequent daily handling of the horse.  Recently, nutritional and dietary management factors have been identified to play an important role in gastric ulcers in horses.  Thus, diet and nutritional management can be employed as an adjunct and follow-up to pharmacologic therapy to decrease ulcer severity and recurrence. This review focuses on nutritional and dietary factors that have been implicated to cause EGUS and how the horse diet can be managed to lessen ulcer severity and prevent recurrence of EGUS.  Highlighted in this review are the basic anatomy and physiology of the equine stomach, current feed management practices that put the horse at risk for EGUS, and dietary strategies that can decrease ulcer severity and prevent recurrence once ulcers are successfully treated.


 Susan Harris is an international clinician and the author/illustrator of Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement. Her unique demonstration, "Anatomy in Motion: The Visible Horse," in which she paints the skeleton and muscles on a live horse, is a popular attraction at equine events around the world. You can find her at www.anatomyinmotion.com aHarris_head_web

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Susan E. Harris is an international clinician and the author/illustrator of Horse Gaits, Balance, and Movement. Her unique demonstration, "Anatomy in Motion: The Visible Horse," in which she paints the skeleton and muscles on a live horse, is a popular attraction at equine events around the world. You can find her at www.anatomyinmotion.com

Horses move! Movement is what horses are all about. The horse evolved from the fox-terrier sized Eohippus of 55 million years ago mostly because of his ability to move--the slow ones got eaten! Movement is still essential to every horse’s nature and even his life--an horse that cannot move is a horse in trouble. Throughout history, man has found horses useful, beautiful, and a pleasure to ride because of the way they move.



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