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Sunday, March 18, 2007

Rustin Moore Speaks to Harness Racing Org About Laminitis

At today's annual meeting of the United States Trotting Association, Dr. Rustin Moore, professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Medicine, of the College of Veterinary Medicine of Ohio State University, spoke to the harness industry representatives about the disease of laminitis.

After mentioning that 15 percent of adult horses in the USA are affected by the disease, he added that 75 percent of those cases are eventually fatal. He noted that the cause of the disease and how it actually affects the horse is still not well understood, and that the array of treatments and theories is testimony to how little we really understand it, in all its forms.

"Cryotheraphy (extreme cold) research seems to hold some promise," Dr. Moore said. "We don't know why it seems to help, but it does. In any event, all practitioners, including veterinarians, surgeon, and shoers, need to share all they know, and hope that such collaborating will lead to a cure -- or better yet prevention.

Dr. Moore is program chairman of the upcoming 4th International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot, to be held in Palm Beach, Florida on November 3-5, 2007.

To read a complete report of the USTA meeting, click here.

Photo of Dr. Moore courtesy of the Ohio State University.

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