Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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EPO Testing Making a Difference at the Track

October 04, 2004

One of the most potentially damaging drugs to hit the racetrack in recent years is erythropoietin, or EPO. A synthetic version of a naturally-occurring hormone which stimulates the bone marrow to make more red blood cells, EPO was designed to... Read More

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BET Pharm Kentucky Raided by FDA; Drugs Seized

October 01, 2004

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a seizure warrant on Aug. 11 for what it called various illegally compounded drug products for use in horses found at... Read More

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Fourth Annual Stallion Service Auction to Benefit Equine Health Studies Program

October 01, 2004

The Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) announces its fourth annual Stallion Service Auction, which will be held Oct. 15-Dec. 17. The event is a multi-breed, Internet-based auction to help the SVM's Equine Health... Read More

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Royal Kaliber Stable After Surgery in the Netherlands

September 30, 2004

Royal Kaliber, the stallion that took Chris Kappler to the Olympic team silver and individual bronze medals at the 2004 Olympic Games, is stable as he continues to recover from colic surgery performed in the Netherlands on Monday, Sept. 27. ... Read More

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Dallas Crown Litigation

September 21, 2004

Dallas Crown, one of two Fort Worth, Texas, area horse slaughter plants, continues in business after a brief court battle concerning its wastewater discharge permit.

It all started when the city of Kauffman, Texas, where Dallas Crown is... Read More

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California Horse Racing Board Proposes Ban on Milkshakes

September 17, 2004

Use of alkalizing agents--so-called "milkshakes"--on horses would be illegal under a new regulation proposed Sept. 15 to the California Horse Racing Board.

Ron Jensen, DVM, MS, the CHRB's director of equine medicine, told the board... Read More

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Racing Drug Panel Moves Forward with Per-Start Fee for Owners

September 15, 2004

Lab accreditation, quality assurance to get close look

Racehorse owners would contribute about $4.5 million a year to support research projects under a recommendation by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, which... Read More

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Thistledown To Host Silent Auction for New Vocations Adoption Program

September 15, 2004

Thistledown racetrack in Cleveland, Ohio, will host the Fifth Annual Silent Auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program on Saturday, Oct. 30, which is Breeders' Cup Day. Once again, General Manager Bill Murphy has offered the use... Read More

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Health and Human Services Personnel Ready to Assist Florida Families

September 03, 2004

United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) secretary Tommy G. Thompson announced today that HHS emergency medical personnel are prepared to provide assistance to families and communities in Hurricane Frances' path. Secretary... Read More

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U.K. Equine Passport Issuing Underway

September 01, 2004

United Kingdom horse owners should have applied for passports for their animals from one of the registered passport-issuing organizations (PIOs) by June 30. Beginning Feb. 28, 2005, passports must be presented whenever horses move from one... Read More

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Saddlebred Attacks: What Really Happened?

September 01, 2004

A year after five American Saddlebreds were brutally attacked in Kentucky, there have been no arrests, and many questions remain unanswered. Only two of the five horses survived the ordeal, one of which made a dramatic comeback last fall to... Read More

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Welfare is Your Concern

September 01, 2004

For a veterinarian, one of the most important oaths taken is to protect the health and welfare of the animals in your care. For an organization like the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP), which is the largest professional... Read More

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Birth Control For Rescue Horses

August 23, 2004

This summer, Habitat for Horses, a non-profit equine rescue center in Hitchcock, Texas, began giving mares the porcine zona pellucida (PZP) vaccine, an animal form of birth control. Since HR 857, a bill that would eliminate... Read More

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Future of Wyoming Wild Horses

August 23, 2004

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will remove up to 1,400 excess wild horses from six herd management areas in the southwest and south-central Wyoming rangelands, according to The Casper Star Tribune. The BLM's appropriate management... Read More

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Horses Lost In Hurricane Charley

August 20, 2004

Three horses were euthanized in Florida due to injuries sustained from flying debris during Hurricane Charley, according to Alan Schwartz of Days End Farm Horse Rescue of Lisbon, Md. Friday, Aug. 13, was in fact a bad luck day, as wind... Read More

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Rescue Training and Exhibitions Held in Central Kentucky

August 18, 2004

"We are not here to re-invent the wheel," said Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, a professor at Clemson University, addressing a group of first-responders and equine rescue personnel at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington earlier this month. The event... Read More

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Horse Barn Fires: An Avoidable Tragedy

August 17, 2004

One of the worst possible nightmares for a horse owner is to see the glow of a barn fire in the night sky. The real tragedy of most barn fires is that they probably could have been prevented with a few precautionary... Read More

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Millionaire Dollar Bill Euthanized

August 10, 2004

Gary and Mary West's millionaire grade II winner Dollar Bill, who proved popular enough to warrant his own web site, was euthanized Aug. 3 after foundering. He suffered from ankle problems during his racing career and had been a patient at Rood... Read More

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New Bolton's Widener Hospital Open for Appointments

August 09, 2004

Penn's George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals reopened on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, for scheduled appointments for equine patients. "We have to limit the cases right now because we only have one of the hospital's barns available," said Bruce... Read More

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Fourth Annual Stallion Service Auction to Benefit Equine Health Studies Program

August 04, 2004

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine announces its fourth annual Stallion Service Auction, which will be held Oct. 15-Dec. 17. The event is a multiple-breed, Internet-based benefit auction for the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine's Equine... Read More

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Injuries Associated With Steeplechase Racing

August 01, 2004

Studies have been conducted to determine the types of injuries that occur in horses on flat racetracks in the United States and steeplechase and hunt races in the United Kingdom. Unfortunately, there is a paucity of data on injuries occurring... Read More

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Just Say No to HR 857

August 01, 2004

Welcome to the ugly side of veterinary medicine--horse slaughter. Now there is a subject most horse enthusiasts don't want to deal with. But because we don't live in a perfect world, horse slaughter is a necessary evil.

Let me state right... Read More

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Slaughter Plant Reopens

August 01, 2004

The Cavel International horse slaughter plant in DeKalb, Ill., opened for business June 2. The plant was destroyed by fire on March 31, 2002, and a new facility was constructed at the same location.

James Tucker, manager, said that the new... Read More

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Full Implementation of Drug Testing Delayed

July 21, 2004

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has delayed implementation of its drug-testing protocol for graded stakes in the United States because not all jurisdictions were prepared to implement it, the American Graded Stakes Committee sai... Read More

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Strange Tastes Poll Answers

July 20, 2004

Last week we asked you what was the weirdest thing your horse(s) ever ate or drank. Aside from the votes listed below, we also got quite a few write-in answers that might surprise you.... Read More