Recent News for Horse Care

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Barbaro Update

August 01, 2006

Barbaro was recovering well after his second cast change at the University of Pennyslvania's New Bolton Center. "Barbaro is back in his stall and is doing well," said Chief of Surgery Dean W. Richardson, who on July 3 replaced the cast he had put o... Read More

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Examining Equine Vocalizations

August 01, 2006

Horse owners know that a low-pitched nicker indicates friendly recognition, and an anxious call is a sign of stress. Now researchers are looking for a scientific link between the acoustic properties of equine communications and their possible... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma Treats Tendon and Ligament Problems

August 01, 2006

A Cornell University scientist recently showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can enhance healing and quality of repair at the cellular level in treating tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis. Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS... Read More

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Equine Behaviorist Chris Irwin Offering Sessions at KHP

August 01, 2006

The Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) welcomes the return of equine behaviorist and trainer Chris Irwin on October 27-28. He will be offering private and semi-private sessions at the Maker’s Read More

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Barbaro's Condition Continues to Remain Stable

August 01, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reports that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro's condition continues to be stable. The colt's left hind foot, which has laminitis, is monitored closely for signs of infection.... Read More

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The Saddle Club Series Coming to American Public Television

July 31, 2006

Carole, Stevie and Lisa - the girls from The Saddle Club and their favorite horses Starlight, Prancer and Belle are riding on to Read More

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Barbaro Remains Stable; Radiographs Look Good

July 28, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to be stable after another comfortable night according to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. His right hind leg cast was changed late Wednesday. "We took new radiographs, and they look good,"... Read More

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British Horse Society Launches Blog

July 27, 2006

The British Horse Society has launched a blog (an online diary) to promote its work for horses and riders in this increasingly internet age.  ... Read More

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Barbaro "Doing as Well as Can Be Expected"

July 26, 2006

According to Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro slept well after his left hind foot bandage was changed yesterday.... Read More

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Radiation-Killed Bacteria Vaccine Shows Promise in Early Trial

July 25, 2006

Vaccines made with bacteria killed by gamma irradiation, rather than by standard methods of heat or chemical inactivation, may be more effective, say researchers supported by the National Institute of... Read More

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Computer-Assisted Saddle Fit Analysis Now Available

July 25, 2006

The Saddletech System for horse owners concerned about the comfort of their horses and the fit of their saddles is now available from Onsite Tack Services. Read More

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Through Cast Changes, Barbaro Remains Stable

July 24, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro had an uneventful weekend, and continues to be comfortable according to his doctors at the George D. Widener Hospital. "He's maintaining an excellent attitude," said Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. ... Read More

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Meeting Held at Del Mar Over Breakdowns

July 24, 2006

Del Mar track management held an informal meeting the morning of July 22 to address the spike in injuries and fatal breakdowns during the first days of the California seaside oval's summer season.

The meeting included several trainers... Read More

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Prosthetics for Horse Limbs

July 20, 2006

When a horse has an injury such as happened to Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I), the end result has often been euthanasia. Veterinarians are attempting to save Barbaro's life, and limb. However, if the blood supply t... Read More

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Second Annual Sensory Training Clinic with the Mounted Police

July 20, 2006

School your horse with techniques used by police officers to promote confidence and employ strategies for desensitizing your horse to noise, crowds, and obstacles.

Five instructors representing the Lexington Police Mounted Unit, the... Read More

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'We're in a Marathon,' Says Barbaro's Vet

July 20, 2006

Day to day, for six straight days now, the reports on Barbaro have been good.
Good vitals, good attitude, stable.

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, Chief of Surgery, is looking way beyond those daily updates, however.

"Hi... Read More

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Barbaro's Condition Unchanged

July 19, 2006

Chief of Surgery Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, reports that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro remains in stable condition with good vital signs today (July 19). "He spends several hours a day in a... Read More

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Secretary Johanns To Speak at ID/INFO EXPO 2006

July 18, 2006

USDA Secretary Mike Johanns has accepted an invitation to be the keynote speaker Wednesday, Aug. 23, at the annual ID/INFO EXPO 2006 in Read More

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Independent Inspection Shows Arlington Surface Safe

July 18, 2006

A two-day examination of the dirt surface at Arlington Park revealed nothing that would lead officials to believe the track is unsafe.

Because of the 17 breakdowns thus far at the meet, the Illinois Racing Board authorized the hiring of... Read More

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Both Casts Changed, Barbaro Adapting Well to Sling

July 18, 2006

Kentucky Derby winner remains in stable condition with good vital signs after a restful night.... Read More

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Skull Fractures in Horses

July 17, 2006

Horses suffering a skull fracture often had a history of being handled with the horse rearing and flipping over, striking the head on the ground, or hitting its head on an overhead structure such as a trailer or stall ceiling. ... Read More

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Prado Encouraged by Visit to Barbaro

July 17, 2006

Jockey Edgar Prado drove to the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. Friday morning to visit ailing Classic winner Barbaro at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals.

At a press briefing on... Read More

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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