Effects of Musculoskeletal and Neurologic Diseases on
Benson B. Martin, Jr., VMD
Sue M. McDonnell, PhD
Charles C. Love, DVM, PhD
• Musculoskeletal and neurologic diseases,
which are important causes of poor
breeding performance in stallions, can be recognized and treated to prolong
the stallion’s breeding career.
• Recognizing the role of the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems
as a common primary cause of poor
breeding performance is crucial to successful evaluation and therapy,
• The most important steps in treating
chronic back pain are to determine and
treat the primary cause, p. 1162.
• The importance of weekly monitoring
and the use of a good farrier for
stallions with chronic laminitis cannot
be overemphasized, p. 1163.
• Poor performance in breeding stallions
is typically multifactorial and may
involve the musculoskeletal, neurologic,
and reproductive systems; behavior can also be a factor, p. 1166.