May 15, 2009
More than 1,250 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What kind of footing does your riding are... Read More
April 14, 2009
What type of impact do various terrains actually have on the health of a horse's hooves and legs? French researchers are using a highly sensitive 3-D dynamometric shoe and other instruments to give unprecedented insight into the biomechanical... Read More
March 16, 2009
Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More
January 28, 2009
Ice is an unavoidable part of winter in many parts of the world, but there are ways to minimize slipping incidents around the barn.
Heather Sherratt knows something about keeping horses in icy conditions. Her farm, Elphin Mountain... Read More
January 08, 2009
About 40 Southern California-based trainers met with Pro-Ride head Ian Pearse Jan. 7 at Santa Anita Park to voice their concerns over the condition of Santa Anita's synthetic racing surface, which Pearse installed a year ago.
Unlike meeting... Read More
October 30, 2008
The federal lawsuit against Cushion Track and affiliates over the former synthetic racing surface at Santa Anita Park is geared to go forward after a judge recently denied most of the defendants' request for dismissal.
U.S. District Judge... Read More
October 28, 2008
Though champion Curlin may not have handled the synthetic racing surface as well as some of his European rivals did in the $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic, Santa Anita Park's Pro-Ride racing surface performed safely during the two-day World... Read More
October 07, 2008
Contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris on Oct. 6, following the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp.
British opinion,... Read More
September 02, 2008
Horses are back in training, with several galloping, on Santa Anita's newly reconstituted racing surface Aug. 31. Most of the Southern California horses have not yet returned from Del Mar, so few horses are currently housed at Santa Anita.... Read More
August 30, 2008
Live racing and training at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course will be suspended following the Sept. 20 racing program for a resurfacing project of the entire racetrack cushion. The unexpected shutdown of the Pennsylvania racetrack is... Read More
August 17, 2008
Like a sieve. That's how riders are describing the footing and underlying drainage system at the main competition arena at the Hong Kong Jockey Club's Sha Tin Racecourse. To handle the massive rains that inundate this part of the world on a... Read More
August 03, 2008
Large piles of material dot Santa Anita's backside parking lot, as work continues on the overhaul of the track's synthetic surface. Repairs to the drainage system are expected to be finished soon, with the next step being the placement of the... Read More
July 30, 2008
A cross-section of the racing industry addressed the New York Task Force on Retired Race Horses on the subject of synthetic surfaces at a one-day forum held July 29 at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Co. pavilion in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
Sixteen... Read More
July 12, 2008
When the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in 2010, horses and riders will compete on a new state-of-the-art surface that is being installed by the German company that developed it.
The Outdoo... Read More
July 01, 2008
Go green with your farm to make your horses healthier and the environment cleaner.... Read More
June 04, 2008
On the second day of the Track Superintendent Field Day at Keeneland June 3, the focus was turned toward dirt tracks, as a panel of six superintendents from across the nation talked about various methods used on the surfaces.
Jerry Porcelli... Read More
June 03, 2008
With track safety being one area of the racing industry under scrutiny, the seventh annual Track Superintendent Field Day conference at Keeneland June 2-3 seemed an especially timely opportunity for questions to be answered by synthetic-track... Read More
June 01, 2008
From tried and true to novel and exciting, these are the products, services, and techniques that our experts are recommending to facilitate equine management.... Read More
May 29, 2008
The operator of Santa Anita Park has filed a federal lawsuit against the original supplier of its troubled synthetic racing surface, claiming it has suffered at least $8.4 million in damages from improper installation and repair.
The Los... Read More
May 25, 2008
A two-day flooding of Santa Anita Park's synthetic surface is one of the final tests management plans before making a decision on the future of the main-track surface. Track president Ron Charles said the surface will be flooded following... Read More
May 21, 2008
Harness racing at Keeneland? Yes, there was, but it's not what you might think.
Two exhibition races for Standardbred pacers were held at the Lexington racetrack the afternoon of May 21 to give the principals in a racetrack under... Read More
May 01, 2008
Fixing pre-existing pasture erosion will probably entail a visit by a county extension agent or a pasture management consultant. Options would be to reduce the number of horses, lime and fertilize, or, in cases of major deterioration, to start over.... Read More
April 29, 2008
The Well-being of the Competitive Horse was one of three major industry issues addressed during the Kentucky International Equine Summit.
Today's summit agenda was comprised of panel discussions entitled:
- The function... Read More
April 28, 2008
The Olympic cross-country course at Beas River in Hong Kong has met all parameters for quality of the turf, the shock-absorbency of the footing, and its drainage ability. The turf has been declared ready for the cross-country portion of the eventin... Read More
April 10, 2008
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