Tracy Gantz

Tracy Gantz is a freelance writer based in Southern California. She is the Southern California correspondent for The Blood-Horse and a regular contributor to Paint Horse Journal, Paint Racing News, and Appaloosa Journal.

Articles by Tracy Gantz

Del Mar Shifts Races Off Turf after Breakdowns

Del Mar moved the races to its main track Sunday following four breakdowns on the turf course since July 17. Read More

Racehorse Drug Policies Questioned at HBPA Convention

Some attendees suggested questionable studies might be the basis for some medication policies. Read More

Detecting Upper Body Issues

Learn about less common but more difficult to diagnose upper body lamenesses. Read More

CHRB Sudden Horse Death Report Released

The report concluded the cluster of sudden deaths from Bob Baffert's barn had no single, identifiable cause. Read More

Lameness Head to Foot, Part 1: Lower Limbs

Learn how veterinarians get to the bottom of lower-limb problems in the first of this two-part series. Read More

Caring for the Disciplines: Racing

It takes careful conditioning and management to keep any racehorse in tip-top shape. Read More

Bitting Problems and Your Horse

Evaluate dental health and bit suitability to determine if your bit could be causing training issues. Read More

Zenyatta Statue Unveiled at Santa Anita Park

The statue was unveiled at noon on Sept. 29. Crowds gathered to see the life-sized bronze sculpture. Read More

Caring for the Disciplines, Part 3: Trail and Endurance

Attention to conditioning and minimizing wear and tear can help horses stay on the trail for years to come. Read More

Caring for the Disciplines, Part 2: English Sport Horses

Manage eventers, dressage horses, and hunter/jumpers carefully to avoid soft tissue injury and lameness. Read More

Caring for the Disciplines: Western Performance

Champion Western riders succeed through careful selection and management of their horses. Read More

Horse Adoption: The Transition Period

After completing the adoption process and bringing your new charge home, help him adjust to his new surroundin Read More

Santa Anita Dirt Track to Undergo Renovation

Forty horses were removed from the new dirt track by ambulance during the Dec. 26-April 17 race meeting. Read More

The Fight to Conquer Equine Laminitis

Teams of veterinarians and farriers from around the country gathered at the fifth International Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot to discuss the most cutting-edge information available for the fight to conquer laminitis. Read More

In-Shoe Force Measurements Help Farriers Address Hoof Balance

The concept of a balanced foot can be subjective, but farriers are now using technological advances to take some of the guesswork out of the process. Patrick T. Reilly, chief of farrier services at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, Read More

Early EMS Diagnosis and Treatment Minimize Effects

Horses with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) are at a higher risk for laminitis than the average horse, but veterinarians are learning more about diagnosing EMS early and minimizing its effects, including laminitis. Read More

Applying Laminitis Research to Clinical Practice

Seeing the forest for the trees with regards to laminitis can be difficult because researchers are approaching the problem from many different angles, often at the molecular level. At the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Read More

Using Force Measurements to Help Shoe Laminitic Horses

Corrective shoeing for laminitis doesn't always work, despite veterinarians' and farriers' best efforts, and it's not always clear why a particular shoeing job isn't successful. In-shoe force measurements, however, can show the effects of shoeing on Read More

Rehabilitating Chronically Laminitic Feet

How veterinarians and farriers manage the chronically laminitic foot can often determine whether that horse can live a useful, relatively pain-free life. During the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Bob Agne, DVM, ... Read More

Chronic Laminitis Can Increase Risk of Foot Infection

Because laminitis compromises the equine foot so drastically, horses with the disease are more prone to foot infections and abscesses. During the Sept. 17-18 Laminitis West Conference in Monterey, Calif., Bob Agne, DVM, an equine podiatrist at Read More

How Hoof Wall Resections Can Help Laminitis Cases

When laminitis develops to the point that the hoof wall is restricting blood supply to the laminae and causing further inflammation, a hoof wall resection might be needed. Amy Rucker, DVM, of Midwest Equine in Columbia, Mo., spoke about when to Read More

Preventing Laminitis in At-Risk Horses

Even though veterinarians and farriers are making progress in developing laminitis treatment techniques and researching the causes of laminitis, prevention is still the No. 1 defense against a disease that plagues all too many horses. During the Read More

Platelets Might Play Early Role in Laminitis

Laminitis begins well before clinical signs occur, at the cellular or even the molecular level, and addressing platelets might be a key to prevention or early treatment. Jamie Textor, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, an equine surgeon and PhD candidate at the Read More

Ringbone in Horses

Thanks to advancements in treatment, ringbone is no longer ­automatically career-ending. Read More

Managing Insulin Resistance Through Diet and Exercise

Insulin-resistant horses are prone to laminitis, but owners and veterinarians can often successfully manage them through strict diet and exercise regimens so that they don't develop laminitis. Ray J. Geor, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor Read More