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Equine health
National equine survey uncovers common conditions

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Findings from this year’s national equine survey have found a close association between lameness and back pain in horses.

Analysis of the health status of more than 15,000 horses found up to 26 per cent with back pain also had lameness.

While the findings do not prove the two issues are related, they support a pattern observed by equine researcher Sue Dyson at the Animal Health Trust (AHT).

Dyson, head of clinical orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the AHT, said: ‘It is a common observation that horses with lameness stiffen the back as a …

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