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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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

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

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

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

Looking For Clenbuterol

Rumors have been floating across the country that trainers have found a new way to “assist” horses at winning—trans-tracheal or aerosol administration of clenbuterol. This drug is considered an adrenergic, which means it is activated by, Read More

Search Continues For Sponge Suspect

As law enforcement officials continued their search for William Michael McCandless, who was indicted Monday in connection with the sponging of horses in Kentucky in 1996 and '97, racing officials were studying betting pattern Read More

Sponging Suspect Served Time In Fanfreluche Theft

The man who was found guilty and served a prison sentence in connection with the theft of the champion mare Fanfreluche in 1977 has been charged in connection with at least three sponging incidents at Kentucky racetracks in 1996 and '97. Read More

Sponge Case Could See Federal Indictment

An indictment by a federal grand jury could be returned as soon as Monday in the Churchill Downs sponging case, according to a report by ESPN cited by the Associated Press.

ESPN reported Read More

Barns and Stalls: The Air In There

Horse owners often tend to build and manage their barns more for their own comfort than for their horses'--and horses have far greater cold tolerance than we do. What might feel chilly to us often is perfectly comfortable for our hairy friends. Read More

Lil's Lad Undergoes Successful Operation

Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Lil's Lad underwent successful arthroscopic surgery April 14 to remove a non-displaced bone chip in his left front ankle. The routine operation on the colt wa Read More

The Horse Editor Elected KHC President

Kimberly S. Herbert, Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care, was elected president of the Kentucky Horse Council on Feb. 17. She served as vice president for the past year, as well as headed the Communications and Public Read More

Update On Stolen Foal

A two-month-old filly stolen Monday evening from Cornerstone Stable, located off of Newtown Pike near Lexington, has not yet been found, but more information has been made available. Mike Owens, who operates Cornerstone, said a possible sighting Read More

Jury Finds Against Vets In Negligence Case

Practicing racetrack veterinarians throughout North America felt the chill of a $600,000 judgment brought on March 23 against two of their colleagues in a Southern Calif. case that centered around an antibiotic injection give Read More

Thoroughbred Mistaken Identity Case Settled

Trainer Bret Calhoun of Grand Prairie, Texas, and officials from the Keeneland sales company have reached a settlement regarding a misidentified racehorse that was sold last fall at public auction, according to reports in the Read More

Lord At War Euthanatized

Central Kentucky stallion Lord At War was euthanatized on March 29 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, several weeks after he injured a hind leg while attempting to cover a mare at Diane Perkins' Wimborne Farm near Paris, Read More

African Horse Sickness Detected In South Africa

African Horse Sickness (AHS) has been detected in the Western Cape of South Africa with confirmation of at least 12 horses being fatally stricken by the disease. Due to the outbreak, a ban has been placed on all horse exports Read More

Holistic Symposium Report 1998

The second annual Equine Holistic Symposium was held at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 21-22. Attendees from as far away as France assembled on the first day of spring to listen to a series of speakers whose presentations centered around the Read More

Do Genetics Affect Racing Performance?

We know some Thoroughbreds are faster than others. But why? Some are back at the knee. Some are sounder than others. Some are more susceptible to infectious diseases than others. But why?

These, and countless other questions, were Read More

USDA Relieves Oklahoma Horse Import Restrictions

The USDA has added Oklahoma to the list of states approved to receive certain mares and stallions imported into the United States from regions affected with contagious equine metritis, a serious venereal disease of Read More

Notes From California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System

  • The California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System isolated H3N8 influenza virus demonstrating recent antigenic drift from the A2 Kentucky and Alaska influenza viruses. An influenza outbreak that started in September has continued to Read More