The art of sporthorse medicine

Specialized veterinarians merge art and science for our largest animal athletes

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Equine medicine is a niche requiring an often very different type of practice from small animal and even exotics. Within equine medicine, there is an even more focused niche: sporthorse medicine.

Sporthorse medicine involves specializing in treating equine patients that often compete at the highest levels of international sports such as jumping, dressage, and cross-country. Unlike treating a backyard equine companion, sporthorse medicine requires an understanding of the equine athlete and the different health and soundness issues they face due to their occupation.

“All horses, regardless of their discipline or use, need to have a solid health foundation, but sporthorses differ in that t...


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