Prepurchase Exams: History, Important Considerations

January 12, 2010

For more than 150 years veterinarians have been performing prepurchase exams, also referred to as vetting, purchase exams, and soundness exams. The definition of "sound" in England in 1842 implied "an absence of disease" as a qualification for ... Read More


Urine Test Might Diagnose Young Cryptorchid Horses

December 26, 2009

A simple, noninvasive urine test to diagnose cryptorchidism in horses that appear to have been castrated has been developed by a group of researchers from the Racing Laboratory at the Hong Kong Jockey Club.

Male horses that appear or... Read More


Kentucky Horse Industry Losing Ground to Poultry

December 04, 2009

Kentucky's slumping horse industry appears on pace to be overtaken by poultry farming as the king of the state's agricultural sector, economists said Dec. 3. The equine sector has been battered by deep recession, and the poultry industry has grown.... Read More


Entries for January Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Down 26.3%

November 25, 2009

Keeneland Association announced Nov. 24 it has cataloged 1,753 horses for its 2010 January Horses of All Ages Sale, to be held Monday-Friday, January 11-15.

That represents a 26.3% decline from the 2008 catalog, which totaled 2,379... Read More


Horse Market Rebound Unlikely at Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale

November 10, 2009

The Keeneland November breeding stock sale was hammered last year by the global financial crisis, suffering alarming downturns of 45.5% in gross, 39% in average price, and 42.9% in median price after a record-setting run in 2007. This year,... Read More


Horses Abandoned in Trailer, Driver Charged

November 10, 2009

Seven horses that were abandoned in a trailer on the side of the road in Edmonton, Alberta, last week are doing well in foster care and are waiting to be claimed by their owner. Meanwhile, the driver of the trailer has been charged under... Read More


Selling Your Horse To a Good Home

October 06, 2009

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Keeneland September Yearling Sale Ends with Major Declines

September 29, 2009

The marathon Keeneland September yearling sale drew to a close Sept. 28 with some of the biggest declines in key statistical categories in recent history as the gross receipts fell 41.5%, the average was down 33.2%, and the median was off 40.5%... Read More


Equine Industry: Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Registrations Down

September 17, 2009

The economy seems to be taking its toll on the registration of purebred horses. While the number of registered Quarter Horses at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) actually rose slightly from 2007-2008, that number is... Read More


Keeneland Yearling Sale to be Sire Storm Cat's Last Hurrah

September 13, 2009

All eyes figure to be on Storm Cat's offspring starting Monday, Sept. 14, at the Keeneland September yearling sale. And for good reason. There are 32 yearlings consigned to the sale from Storm Cat's last full crop, which numbers 56. Twenty-nine... Read More


Horse Sales: Cribbing Can Break the Deal

August 31, 2009

Even when a stalled, cribbing horse is turned out to pasture, they often continue to crib on the fencing or water troughs. It's also interesting to note that some experts think cribbing can be a pleasurable sensation for horses ... Read More


Horses Top Kentucky Agriculture Receipts in 2008

August 30, 2009

Cash receipts from sales of horses and stud fees in Kentucky again made equines the top agriculture product in 2008, according to state agriculture commissioner Richie Farmer.

Horse sales and stud fees totaled $1.08 billion, down 4% from... Read More


Lawsuit Claims Racehorse 'I Want Revenge' Injury Not Disclosed

July 16, 2009

IEAH Stables has filed court documents claiming that David Lanzman failed to disclose injuries to I Want Revenge that eventually led to the 3-year-old colt being scratched on the morning of the Kentucky Derby, for which he was the morning-line... Read More


Kentucky Farm to Disperse 200 Thoroughbreds

June 10, 2009

The major Kentucky Thoroughbred farm that houses the great stallion Storm Cat announced Tuesday it is selling off nearly its entire stock of about 200 horses.

Overbrook Farm owner Bill Young Jr. explained he just wasn't cut out to continue... Read More


More Than 100 Arrested After Horse Fair Brawl

June 09, 2009

More than 100 people have been arrested at Appleby Fair in Cumbria, U.K., an annual horse trading event, according to an article at Read More


Adoption Programs to Brand Horses

February 26, 2009

ReRun, the Thoroughbred adoption program headquartered in New Jersey, will be freeze branding its horses to protect them from getting into the wrong hands. Joining ReRun in this initiative is Kentucky Equine Humane Center (KyEHC) and Mylestone... Read More


Sale Reports Five Violations of New Riding Crop Rule

February 24, 2009

The set of uniform policies developed by four major Thoroughbred auction firms--Barretts, Fasig-Tipton, Keeneland, and the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. (OBS)--took effect beginning with the OBS February select sale of 2-year-olds in training Feb. 1... Read More


Keeping Financial Records: For The Record

February 12, 2009

Tame that pile of unorganized paperwork through the year to optimize the horse and farm ownership experience.... Read More


Weather, Economy Hit Utah Mustang Sale

January 26, 2009

A Bureau of Land Management (BLM) official credited wintry weather and the high costs of horsekeeping for lackluster results at a Jan. 24 Wild Horse and Burro sale in Delta, Utah. Of the 320 Spanish Mustangs offered from Utah's Sulphur Herd... Read More


White Colt Sold at Keeneland to Return to Breeder

January 19, 2009

White Prince, whose $60,000 price topped the fifth session of the Keeneland January horses of all ages auction in Lexington Jan. 16, did not go to a new home. The transaction was... Read More


Keeneland Sale Final Gross Down 53.4%

January 18, 2009

The final results of the Keeneland January horses of all ages sale in Lexington were sobering, with setbacks of 53.4% in gross revenue, 48% in average price, and 44.1% in median price from a year ago. But they weren't anything new to the people... Read More


Lady Finds a Home: 50th Thoroughbred Adopted Through Service

January 15, 2009 recently got word that a Thoroughbred formerly en route to slaughter had found a home via's Thoroughbred Adoption Services, sponsored by Gainesway Farm. She was the 50th Thoroughbred to be placed through the service. Read More


Downward Spiral Continues at Keeneland Sale

January 14, 2009

The Keeneland January horses of all ages sale continued its scary downward spiral during the second session of its six-day run in Lexington. The gross revenue Jan. 13 dropped 66.2% from a year ago while the average price fell 61.6%. The median... Read More


Keeneland Thoroughbred Sale Opening Down 45.9%

January 13, 2009

The results were grim, but not surprising, as Keeneland opened its January horses of all ages sale in Lexington during a time of worldwide economic downturns. The gross revenue Jan. 12 plummeted 44% from the auction's first session in 2008 while... Read More


45 Horses Find New Homes Via Service

January 09, 2009

Launched in November 2008,'s Thoroughbred Adoption Service has now coordinated new homes for 45 horses. See a list of horses placed.  

"I’m extremely... Read More