Aquatic Exercise’s Effect on Equine Osteoarthritis

Although subtle in its onset, osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common and career-ending musculoskeletal injuries in horses. Results from a 1998 study revealed that U.S. horse owners spent more than $700 million on medical and surgical management of horses with OA that year.

Recently, Melissa King, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVSMR, assistant professor in Equine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation at Colorado State University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital, in Fort Collins, conducted a study to determine whether aquatic exercise could help reduce OA’s detrimental effects.

Read more about this study and the positive effects of aquatic therapy for OA.