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Olivia, who has Kissing Spine, is smooched by her first owner, Julianne Ragone

New Kissing Spine surgery done; hope for a cure

In a pioneering effort to alleviate the debilitating effects of Kissing Spine in horses, a surgical veterinarian in Ithaca, New York, performed a novel, minimally invasive surgery on an off-track Thoroughbred suffering with the condition. Dr. Christy Cable, DVM, DACVS, performed surgery on Heartly Smart, a beautiful gray mare, on Feb. 18. If it proves effective, it will offer a whole new world of possibilities for treating Kissing Spine, she says. “Historically, the surgical treatment for Kissing Spine in Western Europe was to cut the dorsal spines out with a bone saw,” Cable says, noting that the procedure was both […]