Veterinary Care


Gastric Ulcers

How do I know if my horse’s stomach hurts?

Barbara Hunter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
15 September 2016

Gastric ulcers are a common problem that plague both humans and horses, and any of you that have had a stomach ulcer will fully sympathize with the burn in an affected horse's gut. The disease process is slightly different between humans and horses, due in part to the anatomic variation in the stomach lining that horses have. This article will briefly explain the gastric ulcer disease process in horses, the incidence of ulcers in various breeds and athletic types, how to diagnose ulcers, treatment recommendations and suggestions to minimize occurrence.

Wind Issues

Part 1

'Gone in the Wind'
Barbara Hunter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
12 February 2016

I'm considering an 'off the track' Thoroughbred as my next riding horse, but I hear the one I like is 'gone in the wind'. Should I look elsewhere for what I need?
The first step in answering this question is to describe what is meant by the term 'gone in the wind'. The second is to define what you need your retired racehorse to do in his or her new job.

Part 2

Two upper respiratory problems that can result in horses being 'gone in the wind'
Barbara Hunter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
1 March 2016

Last month's article focused on 'roaring', the most common cause of being 'gone in the wind' that we see in Thoroughbred horses. This month, I will talk about two more upper respiratory problems. Although epiglottic entrapment and arytenoid chondritis are not as common as roaring, both can cause abnormal noise during exercise and exercise intolerance. Thus, they can be included in the group of problems that result in wind issues in Thoroughbreds.

Part 3

Two lower airway respiratory problems that can decrease athletic performance
Barbara Hunter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA
Registered Specialist in Equine Surgery
19 May 2016

The last article in our short series on performance limiting respiratory problems will focus on two diseases that effect of the lower airways of the horse. These diseases are known by the scientific names of 'Inflammatory Airway Disease' (IAD) and 'Recurrent Airway Obstruction' (RAO), also known as 'heaves'.

Vet Corner with Barbara Hunter, DVM, MS, DACVS-LA

16 January 2016
The Beyond the Barriers team are very proud to have the support of Matamata Veterinary Services. MVS have generously offered the expertise of Barbara Hunter to write some practical articles for us on veterinary issues that may commonly be found in your off-the-track Thoroughbred and how they may affect your consideration of them as a sporthorse.

So lets introduce the vet who we'll be hearing from...

Barbara Hunter DVM MS DACVS-LA graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan in 2007. Following an internship in equine referral practice at Mid-Atlantic Equine Medical Center in New Jersey, Barbara spent two years as a general ambulatory equine practitioner in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. During that time she developed a special interest in equine lameness, imaging and surgery.

In 2010 she moved to the USA to complete a one year clinical fellowship in large animal medicine and surgery followed by a 3 year residency in large animal surgery at Oregon State University. She also completed a Master's in veterinary science that focused on bisphosphonate use in horses for treatment of navicular disease and was awarded first place for presentation of that research in the 2014 American College of Veterinary Surgeon's Residents Forum.

In 2015, Barbara successfully passed her exams to become an ACVS board certified specialist in large animal surgery. While Barbara enjoys all aspects of surgery, her main areas of focus are laparoscopy, urogenital surgery, surgical oncology, teeth and paranasal sinus surgery, lameness and advanced medical imaging.

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