About Jane Meggitt, BA

Jane Meggitt is a horse owner who passionately researches equine health and nutrition to keep her horses in the best shape possible. A graduate of New York University, Jane's work has appeared in various publications, including Hoof Beats, The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse News, and Above the Rail.

DSLD in Horses [Causes, Management & Prevention]

By |2021-11-28T14:50:12-05:00November 8th, 2021|Conditions, Horse Health|

Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis (DSLD) is a chronic condition in horses that affects connective tissue, including the suspensory ligament and other ligaments and tendons. This painful condition commonly leads to debilitating lameness. In horses with DSLD, the suspensory ligament progressively weakens causing hyperextension of the fetlock, hock, and stifle.

Navicular Syndrome in Horses: Symptoms, Treatment & Prevention

By |2021-06-22T14:15:59-05:00June 22nd, 2021|Hoof Health|

Horses exhibiting heel pain are often diagnosed with navicular syndrome. It is a common – and frustrating – issue to deal with, but it no longer spells immediate retirement for the horse. With early diagnosis and proper treatment, a horse with navicular syndrome may still have a useful life for a considerable period of time. Navicular syndrome is a chronic degenerative condition that can cause lameness in the front legs. It is most commonly seen in competition horses and quarter horses.

Stifle Lameness in Horses: Causes, Treatment & Prevention

By |2021-11-22T11:28:25-05:00May 17th, 2021|Horse Health, Joint Health|

Lameness in the horse's stifle joint can result in shortened stride length, reluctance to work or a rough canter. While lameness is more commonly attributed to problems with the hock joint, stifle lameness is seen frequently in performance horses. The stifle is considered the most complex joint in the horse's body with a similar function to the human knee. Stifle injuries can result from repetitive stress, trauma, excessive use, changes in direction and rapid deceleration. Horses engaged in jumping and barrel racing are most at risk of these injuries.

Laminitis in Horses: Symptoms, Causes, Risk Factors and Treatment

By |2021-05-31T12:05:47-05:00May 1st, 2021|Hoof Health|

Equine laminitis is a painful inflammatory condition affecting the horse's hooves. Cases of laminitis range in severity from mild foot tenderness to chronic founder, potentially impeding the horse's ability to walk. Laminitis is the bane of any horse owner's existence. Horses affected by laminitis suffer excruciating pain as the soft hoof structures known as lamina become inflamed.