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  1. Being answered: In horses with superficial digital tendonitis is bandaging and rest compared to rest alone more effective at promoting healing?
  2. Being answered: In horses with heel bulb lacerations, does casting the distal limb compared to bandaging result in faster healing?
  3. Answer me: In horses are breast-strap harnesses more effective than breast-collar straps in preventing wounds?
  4. Being answered: In lame horses affected by osteoarthritis of the distal tarsal joints (bone spavin), are bisphosphonates more effective than NSAIDs in long-term alleviation of lameness?
  5. Being answered: In horses that are lame due to osteoarthritis of the distal tarsal joints (bone spavin), is intra-articular medication with corticosteroids compared to systemic bisphosphonate treatment more effective in long-term lameness reduction?
  6. Being answered: In three day event horses, does biannual routine influenza vaccination compared to annual routine influenza vaccination reduce performance levels?
  7. Being answered: In young thoroughbreds with osteochondral fragments of the proximo-plantar aspect of the proximal phalanx, does pre-emptive surgical removal of the fragments compared to conservative [non-surgical] management reduce the incidence of subsequent lameness?
  8. Being answered: In adult horses with superficial digital flexor tendonitis, does icing the leg in addition to non-steoidal anti-inflammatory therapy compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory treatment alone speed the healing process?
  9. Being answered: In Broodmares with Pseudomonas-positive clitoral swabs, are antibiotics more effective than transfaunation as measured by resolution of colonisation?
  10. Being answered: In horses with arthritis, does the treatment with intra-articular anti-microbials concurrently with intra-articular corticusteroids reduce the risk of sepsis compared to intra-articular cortico-steroids alone?
  11. Answered: In Adult Horses With Septic Peritonitis, Does Peritoneal Lavage Combined With Antibiotic Therapy Compared to Antibiotic Therapy Alone Improve Survival Rates?
  12. Answered: In horses with chronic laminitis, do venograms compared to plain radiographs give greater diagnostic or prognostic information?
  13. Being answered: In horses with allergen-related Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO), is immunotherapy compared to environmental reduction of allergen exposure more effective in disease modification?
  14. Answered: In Broodmares with post-service endometritis, is antibiotic intervention with other routine therapies superior to other routine therapies without antibiotic intervention in increasing pregnancy rate?
  15. Being answered: In three day event horses, do bit seats compared to no bit seats improve performance?
  16. Being answered: In Broodmares with Klebsiella-positive clitoral swabs, are antibiotics more effective than transfaunation as measured by resolution of colonisation?
  17. Being answered: In horses with longitudinal tears of the deep digital flexor tendon, is surgical repair as effective as tenoscopic debridement alone for returning to previous level of performance?
  18. Being answered: Do modern, oral/minimally invasive cheek tooth extraction techniques reduce the incidence of post-operative complications in the horse when compared to traditional repulsion methods?

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