2011 Horse Breeders and Owners Conference

Renaud Léguillette started at the UCVM in 2006 as an assistant professor in equine internal medicine. He graduated in Paris, France, was trained in equine internal medicine at the Université de Montréal and was board-certified (ACVIM) in 2000. He completed an MSc and a PhD in respiratory diseases in horses and people. Dr. Léguillette is also consulting in Alberta, mainly at Moore & Co. Equine Services, Balzac.

This presentation is covering two topics focusing on airflow problems up from the nose and going down into the lungs: 1- A new wireless endoscopy technology available in veterinary medicine and at the University of Calgary to diagnose “wind” or throats problems in horses. 2- An update on the latest diagnostic techniques and treatments available for non-infectious lung diseases in horses.


We have all heard the age old statement “Do what you’ve always done; get what you’ve always got.”  As our breed and discipline organizations report declining membership, transfers, registrations and competition entries - we must consider innovative tactics to re-ignite interest. During this presentation, Patti will share generational trends and market information, keeping the gate wide open through fun and invention, putting "butts in seats", and creative and inexpensive methods to grow our events and industry. 

altPatti Colbert

Patti Colberthas worked in the horse industry for over 30 years. From teaching riding lessons to working for the internationally recognized AQHA, her experience proves her one of the best in the business. Currently the Executive Director of the Mustang Heritage Foundation, Patti was named one of the “Top 15 Westerners to Watch” by American Cowboy Magazine. She is the creator of the very successful Extreme Mustang Makeover. .

We have all heard the age old statement “Do what you’ve always done; get what you’ve always got.”  As our breed and discipline organizations report declining membership, transfers, registrations and competition entries - we must consider innovative tactics to re-ignite interest.

Change is a tough.  It happens regardless of the way we feel about things.  Change isn’t just about whether you decide to eat better, or move to another state.  Change is largely due to generational, cultural and world-wide influences that impact our decisions during our lifetimes. Change comes as a huge challenge to an industry that is steeped in traditions.  For years the racing industry has talked about how younger generations won’t wait 15 minutes or more between races.  Younger generations want constant and engaging action – yet racing traditions won’t budge. 


altDr. Mike Scott

Mike Scott graduated from WCVM in 1993 and then completed a 1-year internship in large animal medicine and surgery at the Ontario Veterinary College. He completed a 3-year residency in large animal surgery at WCVM and attained a Master Veterinary Science degree. Two years later, he became a board certified large animal surgeon and has been Moore & Co.’s surgery specialist since 1998.


Suspensory ligament injuries are a common cause of lameness in the horse, particularly athletic horses and those involved in competitive events.   Often these injuries are chronic and have a high probability of re-occurrence, which makes them a significant concern for owners of individual horses and within the horse industry.   Recent advances in our understanding of these injuries, improvements in diagnosis, and new options for treatment have improved the prognosis for horses with these injuries.   This presentation will review the anatomy and physiology of the suspensory ligament and present current concepts on diagnosis and treatment of suspensory ligament injuries.


This presentation reviews the issues of drug use in performance horses, compares the rules of different horse sport organizations, gives an overview of the “state of the art” of drug detection methods and outlines what you as a competitor can do to avoid drug rule violations.

altDr. Patricia Dowling, DVM

Patricia Dowling is board certified in large animal internal medicine and veterinary clinical pharmacology and is a professor of veterinary pharmacology at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, she is an avid competitor in endurance racing and has been a member of the Canadian Equestrian Team at three Pan American Endurance Championships and was an alternate to the Canadian team for the 2010 World Equestrian Games. She is a member of the Equine Medications Committee of Equine Canada, the Equine Federal Drug Advisory Committee for the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency, the veterinary committee of the American Endurance Ride Conference and serves as an advisor to the Ontario Racing Commission.

To protect the health and welfare of horses, veterinarians must legitimately use therapeutic medications. Therapeutic medications have been defined by the American Association of Equine Practitioners.(1) While these drugs are commonly and appropriately used to treat various disease conditions of horses, many of them have the ability to affect athletic performance and/or leave residues in horses that enter the food supply. For performance horses, the primary reason to have drug rules is to ensure fair competition and to protect the welfare of the horses. In Canada, humane slaughter is still a viable option for horses with chronic conditions that render them unfit for service. When medications are administered to horses, it is the responsibility of the veterinarian to ensure that violative drug residues do not occur. However, the sensitivity of drug testing allows for laboratory detection of very small quantities of drug that may even be pharmacologically insignificant for performance horses or of concern in human food. This makes it extremely difficult for veterinarians to advise owners and riders about long a treated horse must wait before being entered in a competition or sent to slaughter. Clearly, if horses are to receive proper veterinary care, suitable information on drug detection times and withdrawal times must be available to equine practitioners.


altMany horse people are familiar with the classical symptom of advanced Cushing's disease in horses: a shaggy coat that refuses to shed out in the spring. But did you know that this hormonal disease can cause significant medical problems for your horse long before the typical haircoat changes occur? If you own horses in their teens or twenties and wish to help them maintain optimal soundness and vigour as they age, attend this presentation to learn more about the early warning signs of Cushing’s disease, as well as the latest insights into its diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Christie Ward

Dr. Christie Ward is on faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, where she specializes in Equine Internal Medicine. A native of Winnipeg, she fell in love with Minnesota when she traveled there to work on the racetrack. Areas of special medical interest include endocrine disorders and respiratory disease. In her all-too-limited spare time, she does her best to ride and train two young Thoroughbred ex-racehorses.

With each passing year, horses are living longer lives and their owners are becoming more interested in preserving health, athletic capability, and quality of life throughout middle age and the geriatric years. The purpose of this article and conference presentation is to review the key features of equine Cushing’s disease, an endocrine disorder that is common among aged horses. Affected horses appear older than their age would suggest and exhibit a variety of medical symptoms and complications, including life-threatening laminitis and susceptibility to infection. Although the disease cannot be cured, it is highly manageable in the majority of affected horses. By increasing the level of awareness of this common condition among horse owners, I hope that it may be recognized and treated at an earlier stage of its development, enhancing equine health and welfare and saving many horses from the ravages of acute and chronic laminitis.



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