Does Temporomandibular Joint Pathology Affect Performance in an Equine Athlete?

An article will appear in the March issue of Equine Veterinary Education that discusses the temporomandibular joint and problems in a high-level dressage horse with decreased performance. The article is available on


Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pathology is a rarely reported cause of decreased performance among equine athletes or at least seldom recognised. This case report describes the work-up of a high level dressage horse with decreased performance. Temporomandibular joint pathology was suspected based on computed tomography (CT) and the horse responded very well to joint treatment.


E. Jørgensen, M.T. Christophersen, D. Verwilghen, Department of Large Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Tåstrup, Denmark; M. Kristoffersen, Helsingborg Regional Animal Hospital – Evidensia, Helsingborg, Sweden; S. Puchalski, Helsingborg Regional Animal Hospital – Evidensia, Helsingborg, Sweden, and Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis.

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