The Horse Staff

The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care is a monthly equine publication providing the latest news and information on the health, care, welfare, and management of all equids.

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VS Update 9/08/98

Arizona reported no changes in its status during the week ending September 4, 1998. Two VSV positive premises remain under quarantine.

Colorado reported eighteen new VSV investigations Read More

Animal Protection A Major Theme On State Ballots

With election day less than two months away, voters will soon decide a variety of statewide ballot measures affecting animals, including commercial trapping, cockfighting, mourning dove hunting, and Read More

Potomac Breakthrough: A Fluke Larva

Potomac horse fever was an equine disease shrouded in mystery. Scientists knew what caused the illness--the bacterium Ehrlichia risticii--but its source in nature could not be found. No one knew how horses became Read More

Split-Sample Requests Have Impact On Labs

An increase in requests for testing of split samples taken from horses competing in North America--attributable in part to the legalization of clenbuterol--is adding to the workload at drug-testing labs around the country. Read More

New York State Raises Fines For Cruel Horse Transport

New York Governor Pataki has signed into law Senate Bill 6332 introduced in March 1998 by Senator Kuhl, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee. The bill raises the fines for violating New York State's Agriculture Read More

Injuries Put Del Mar Surface Under Microscope

The unusual concentration of catastrophic and career-ending injuries during the opening weeks of the current Del Mar meet hit home in dramatic fashion Aug. 13 when Prosperous Bid, a 3-year-old son of Mr. Prospector owned by Read More

Reclassification Of The Horse Is Addressed

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association, in a "white paper" issued to its state association members and the media, is urging any states that may consider changes in the legal definition of the horse to look at the Read More

Ohio State Drops Split-Sample Testing

The equine drug-testing program at Ohio State University is no longer providing split-sample testing as a result of an institutional policy.

Dr. Rick Sams, director of the analytical Read More

Animal Welfare Council Working For The Equestrian Industry

Imagine opening your newspaper one morning and seeing the headline: "Animal Ownership Banned." The article goes on to say, "The riding of horses has been voted to be an act of animal cruelty. It is henceforth illegal to own, ride, exhibit or Read More

VS Update 7/28/98

Colorado became a case positive state on July 23, 1998, with the isolation of VSV, Indiana strain, from a horse on a premises located in Boulder County. Nine additional investigations were reported, six of which were positive for VSV. There were Read More

New Book On Equine Nutrition Now Available

The Blood-Horse, Inc., has published a new title in its Horse Health Care Library series, entitled, Understanding Equine Nutrition: Your Guide to Horse Health Care and Management. Written by Karen Briggs, the illustrated, Read More

Wild Horses EIA Update

The week of July 1 saw the completion of the third phase of the gather of BLM horses in the Agency Draw area where all 50 animals tested negative for EIA. Previously, in the East Bonanza Horse Management Area only one horse o Read More

Vet Sues NYRA To Resume His Practice

Veterinarian Dr. Michael Galvin didn't go away quietly after being banned for the remainder of the year by the New York Racing Association. Galvin promptly filed a $20-million lawsuit against the NYRA and went to federal cour Read More

BLM Proposes New Policy for the Transportation of Wild Horses

In an effort to improve health and safety conditions for wild horses, Bureau of Land Management Director Pat Shea recently announced new requirements for large trailers that transport the animals from holding facilities to Read More

Washington Owner Sentenced In Alleged Attempt To Have Horse Killed

A 70-year-old Washington state horse owner who raced in California has been sentenced to six months of home detention, five years' probation, and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to an attempt to hire a person to kill a Read More

Trial Evidence Can Include How Alydar Injured

The judge who was scheduled to preside in the federal perjury trial of a former Calumet Farm employee ruled on June 19 that evidence about how the stallion Alydar became injured more than seven years ago could be heard. Read More

Tendon Repair Drug Approved

The FDA has approved the first and only medication designed to improve the quality of repair to injured or "bowed" tendons. Bapten (beta-aminopropionitrile fumarate), manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, is labeled for use in treating Read More

Clenbuterol Continues In Limelight

One month after it became legal for use in training but not for race-day, the bronchodilator clenbuterol continues to pose concerns for horsemen and regulators.

Previously illegal in the Read More

California Barn Searches Continue

A fourth barn search in less than a week has fueled speculation that California's newly implemented methodology of post-race testing for the bronchodilator clenbuterol is turning up minuscule positives that could result in Read More

Testing For Clenbuterol Intensifies

As drug-testing laboratories have begun to use enhanced testing procedures to detect the prohibited drug clenbuterol, horses in three states have tested positive for the bronchodilator. The three states in which the positive Read More

Informant Named In Sponging Case

George Isaacs, a 60-year-old former Kentucky owner and trainer, is the man, according to a story in the Louisville Courier-Journal, who helped officials gather evidence against William Michael McCandless, the Tennessee Read More

California Considers New Rescue Efforts

A proposal to establish a formalized, statewide structure for financing the care, placement, and possible retraining of retired racehorses is under consideration by several California Thoroughbred organizations, led by the De Read More

Suspected Sponger Still At Large

The federal probe into the sponging incidents at Kentucky racetracks over the past two years could lead to the indictment of more individuals than William Michael McCandless, the Tennessee man charged in the case. The Read More

Two Albuterol Positives Announced In California

Trainers Mike Harrington and Howard Zucker have been charged by the California Horse Racing Board with positive tests for the prohibited Class 3 substance albuterol, a bronchodialator, which turned up in horses they ran Read More

TOC Presidents Caffeine Report

A report from a well-known expert that encourages the establishment of threshold levels for the declaration of caffeine positives in equine drug tests met with a polite yet uninspired reaction from the Medication Committee of Read More