Recent News for Horse Care

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California Using 'Milkshake' Blood Tests to Track Trends

July 17, 2006

California will soon release the results of a study that will reflect trends in connection with blood samples taken from about 6,000 racehorses for the purpose of "milkshake" --or TCO2 testing-- last year.

California takes blood from all... Read More

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Sunday is Another 'Comfortable' Day for Barbaro

July 17, 2006

Classic winner Barbaro spent another "comfortable" day in the intensive care unit at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals, and his veterinarian reports the colt's attitude "remains positive."

There was no indication condition... Read More

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Barbaro's Vital Signs Monday; No Change in Condition

July 17, 2006

Barbaro's vital signs, appetite and heart rate remained normal Monday, though there was no indication the classic winner's condition has improved since a grim prognosis by his veterinarian last week.

The colt, who had 80% of his left rea... Read More

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Barbaro Stable, Comfortable With Foot Cast

July 17, 2006

Barbaro is tolerating his right hind leg cast well; this cast supports the repair of the injury suffered at the Preakness on May 20. To treat a severe case of laminitis in the colt's left rear hoof, last week Richardson and his surgical team ... Read More

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Barbaro Stable on Sunday

July 16, 2006

On July 16 (Sunday afternoon) it was reported that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remained in stable condition after another restful night, according to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton... Read More

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Barbaro Remains Stable

July 15, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, reports today (July 15) that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had a very good night and remains in stable condition at the University of Pennsylvania's George D. Widener Hospital.

“His heart rate and... Read More

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Barbaro's Condition "Stable" Friday

July 14, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro spent a restful night and his condition is stable, according to Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. At a news conference yesterday, Richardson announced that the three-year-old colt has laminitis. ... Read More

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Fans Root for Barbaro's Recovery

July 14, 2006

The roses on the lobby table were addressed to "Mr. Barbaro Jackson" and the card said best wishes to a champion horse.

One girl and her family drove more than an hour to deliver a homemade get-well note and to let Barbaro know they were... Read More

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Barbaro "Acceptably Comfortable," Vitals Remain Stable

July 14, 2006

"His vital signs, including heart rate and pulse, remain good," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery. "We are treating his laminitis aggressively and he continues to respond well and is acceptably comfortable."... Read More

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Laminitis Strikes Barbaro; Survival Chances Called 'Poor'

July 13, 2006

Classic winner Barbaro has developed "acute, severe" laminitis in his uninjured left hind foot, and his prognosis for recovery is "poor," according to Dr. Dean Richardson, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center... Read More

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Study Inconclusive on Arlington Fatal Injuries

July 13, 2006

Add the Illinois Racing Board to the list of those who have little idea what has caused the recent spate of fatal injuries to horses at Arlington Park Racecourse.Read More

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Drug Resistance of Equine Internal Parasites

July 12, 2006

This is an excerpt from Equine Disease Quarterly, funded by underwriters at Lloyd's, London, brokers, and their Kentucky agents.

The main internal parasites traditionally considered to be important in horses are bots,... Read More

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Company Introduces English Saddle Line for Stock Horse Breeds

July 12, 2006

Lynn Palm and Cyril Pittion-Rossillon of Palm Partnership Training have introduced the "Alliance" line of English saddles featuring innovative trees designed to fit Quarter Horses, Appendix Quarter Horses, Paints, and other stock horse... Read More

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Barbaro in "Guarded" Condition Wednesday

July 12, 2006

The chief veterinarian attending to Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Barbaro said Wednesday that the colt is in "guarded" condition as he continues to recover from surgery to repair his right hind leg injured in the Preakness Stakes (gr.... Read More

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Barbaro Resting Comfortably in Sixth Cast

July 11, 2006

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery in the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennyslvania's New Bolton Center, reports today that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is resting comfortably after receiving his sixth cast... Read More

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Degenerative Ligament Disease Reaches Beyond the Limbs

July 11, 2006

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a common disorder in horses once thought to involve only ligaments in the legs, actually... Read More

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Surgeons Replace Plate and Screws in Barbaro's Leg; Complications Deemed "Potentially Serious"

July 10, 2006

Late Saturday, July 8, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, replaced the plate and many of the screws that had been inserted into Barbaro's injured hind leg on May 21. "Barbaro... Read More

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Stranded Horse, Riders Rescued from Rising Tide

July 10, 2006

The United Kingdom's Maritime and Coastguard Agency announced yesterday (July 9) that it was involved in the afternoon rescue of two horses and their riders who were stranded off shore on a sandbar at Holkham Bay as the tide was rising.... Read More

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Aerial Insecticide Spraying has Begun in Maryland

July 10, 2006

Exceptionally high rainfall during the last week of June has created ideal mosquito breeding conditions in Dorchester and Read More

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Barbaro Receives Sixth Cast, Hoof Abscess Treated

July 10, 2006

(Updated July 11) After evaluating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro on the morning of July 10, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery, replaced the cast on the colt's injured hind leg for a sixth time.

"The long leg cas... Read More

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Another Cast Change for Barbaro, New Bolton Provides More Information

July 07, 2006

On Wednesday, July 5, Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery, replaced the cast on Barbaro that he had received on Monday, July 3. "Barbaro was not comfortable with the second cast, so we decided it... Read More

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Barbaro Gets New Bandages; Two New Screws

July 05, 2006

Doctors at New Bolton Center's George D. Widener Hospital on Monday changed the cast on the hind right leg of Barbaro for the second time since the winner of... Read More

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Arlington Catastrophic Injury Rate Draws Criticism, Concern

July 05, 2006

Although many causes have been suggested, there's still no definitive reason for the recent slew of catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbreds at Read More

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Emergency Transportation for Horses

July 05, 2006

You should be prepared to ship a horse if it is in need of emergency care at a veterinary hospital. ... Read More

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Savage Stallions

July 01, 2006

Q: I have worked with many different breeding stallions, including Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods back east, then mostly Arabians and Quarter Horses in Texas. We now have a halter stallion that does something I've never seen... Read More