Thoroughbreds

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Mothers to Be

May 19, 2005

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Cold Air and Lung Health

April 08, 2005

Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in sub-freezing... Read More

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Breeding Efficiency in Kentucky Thoroughbred Mares

April 01, 2005

Management and veterinary care are important factors that contribute to the overall pregnancy rate of the Thoroughbred mare, said Karin Bosh, a graduate research assistant in the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science. Bosh... Read More

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Forelimb Conformation and the Thoroughbred Racehorse

March 15, 2005

"What is the relationship between conformation and performance, and what can we do to impact it?" These questions have been asked by those focused on performance in many species, and they were the focus of one presentation by Liz Santschi, DVM,... Read More

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Drug Testing

March 03, 2005

Controversy over medication and drug testing has been around since organized equine competitions came into being. There has always been more disagreement than agreement among the various factions involved, and more contention than harmony. Drug... Read More

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Conformation Development in Growing Thoroughbreds

February 18, 2005

Selection of Thoroughbred horses for racing and breeding is based primarily on equine performance, pedigree, and phenotype (physical characteristics). Although conformation plays a critical role in the evaluation of horses, current methods of... Read More

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Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

February 01, 2005

Musculoskeletal injury is the most common cause of lost training days for Thoroughbred racehorses. This type of injury, particularly fractures, is also cited as a major reason horses leave the industry. But the incidence and characteristics of... Read More

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Track Surface Conditions Influence Likelihood of Racing Fractures

December 28, 2004

Track surface conditions play an important role in the risk of bone fractures in racing Thoroughbreds. Unfavorable conditions of turf and dirt impair the natural shock-absorbing mechanisms of the equine limb,... Read More

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Smarty Jones Retired Due to Bone Bruises

August 04, 2004

Go Smarty Go--To Stud at Three Chimneys Farm 
By Ron Mitchell and Evan Hammonds

Smarty Jones, the Elusive Quality colt whose quest for the Triple Crown came up short in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired due to... Read More

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Efficacy of Common Anti-Ulcer Medications in Racehorses

August 01, 2004

Gastric ulcers are so common in racing horses that many equine practitioners maintain their racing patients on anti-ulcer medications to prevent and treat gastric ulcers. Reports in the literature place the percentage of racing horses in trainin... Read More

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Racehorse Injuries and Issues

March 01, 2004

Severe injury of a racehorse is one of the most visible and critical situations race track practitioners must handle. Mary Scollay, DVM, senior association veterinarian for Gulfstream Park and Calder Racecourse, and Celeste Kunz, VMD, chief examining... Read More

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Conformation And Racing Problems (AAEP 2003)

February 23, 2004

Genetics, racing surface, number of starts, age of the horse, pre-existing disease, conformation, and trauma have all been implicated as potential factors in the cause of racing and training injuries.... Read More

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Return to Racing for Roarers After Surgery

February 12, 2004

Results of a study from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center suggest that there is a high chance that a horse can return to racing after surgery for laryngeal hemiplegia (partial or complete paralysis of the larynx, also called roaring)... Read More

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Diagnosing Respiratory Tract Ulcers

February 12, 2004

"Indications to evaluate this area include respiratory noise and a persistent cough, often along with poor performance," he said. "When the cough is observed while the horse is eating or when bitting up, this is pathognomonic (is indicative of a spec... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Triage of Acute Racing Injuries

February 03, 2004

Thankfully not a large part of a racetrack veterinarian's job, severe injury of a racehorse nevertheless is one of the most visible and critical situations these practitioners must handle. Two experienced racetrack veterinarians, Mary Scollay,... Read More

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Accessory Ligament Injury (AAEP 2003)

February 03, 2004

While it might be easy to forget about the small accessory ligament that anchors the superficial digital flexor tendon to the upper foreleg bone (radius), acute desmitis (ligament inflammation) of this structure has now been shown to be a significan... Read More

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Dual Hemisphere Breeding and Live Foal Percentages

January 07, 2004

Shuttling Thoroughbred stallions between Northern and Southern hemisphere farms for breeding began in earnest around 1992. Stallions had been shuttling from Great Britain and Ireland prior to that time. Between 1996 and 2002, 117 stallions from... Read More

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Septic Arthritis and Racing Potential

January 01, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and veterinarians with Rossdale and Partners in England. Th... Read More

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Training Young Athletes

October 01, 2003

It sounds completely backwards, the idea that you might actually increase health risks by postponing training and competition until a horse is four or older. It goes against the ages-old and widely held belief that you cause damage by initiating... Read More

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Roaring Down the Stretch

September 01, 2003

Most people who have been around horses long enough have heard a few make abnormal respiratory noises while exercising. These horses usually draw attention to themselves by the sheer volume of noise they create as they go around the show jumping... Read More

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Building Better Athletes Through Nutrition

July 01, 2003

Nutritional strategies for raising and competing sounder Thoroughbreds, many of which can be applied to horses of all breeds, was presented by Laurie Lawrence, PhD, at the Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference (TIEC). Lawrence, wh... Read More

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Speed Limit

March 05, 2003

The racing Thoroughbred is trapped between a rock and a hard place. The rock is speed, which evolved slowly by natural selection for 50 million years, then rapidly by human hand the last 500. The hard place is where we find our ward today, beset... Read More

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AAEP Convention: Milne Lecture--Bucked Shins

February 27, 2003

The Milne Lecture at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention is also known as the State of the Art Lecture because each Milne Lecture, regardless of topic, is selected for its groundbreaking qualities and potential to... Read More

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Bone and Fracture Treatment in Horses

February 27, 2003

Bone does not heal, incorporating the scar tissue as seen in most all other tissues--it regenerates itself. It changes its shape and structure based on its use, and if broken can resume 100% of its former strength and function.... Read More