Recent News for Welfare and Industry

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Gold Medal Horse Tests Positive for Drugs

December 01, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece--including one gold medalist--have tested positive for banned substances. The four positive horses are Irish show jumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More

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Quarantine Lifted at Kentucky Harness Track

December 01, 2004

Standardbred racehorse owners got a scare in early October when officials quarantined three barns of horses at the Red Mile, a harness track in Lexington, Ky., because of serologic test results that suggested a horse might have had equine... Read More

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Kentucky Equine Drug Panel Gets New Members

December 01, 2004

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council, which hasn't met since the fall of 2003, has been officially reconstituted. The council serves in an advisory capacity to the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority.

The terms of members of the previou... Read More

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13,000 Horses Placed Through Stewardship Program

November 23, 2004

For more than 60 years, the connection between horses and women's health has led to the development and manufacture of a medication for women seeking relief from their menopausal symptoms. Throughout the years, equine ranchers in Canada and Nort... Read More

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USEF Includes California in Plan to Standardize Drug Testing Fees

November 22, 2004

In a move designed to standardize drug testing fees across the country, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has announced a new plan to restructure fees for competitions in California. This restructuring will finally put California on... Read More

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Diagnosis and Management of Equine Food Sensitivity

November 18, 2004

The percentage of horses that suffer from food allergies remains unclear.... Read More

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Arkansas Trainer Charged With Animal Cruelty

November 17, 2004

An arrest warrant was issued yesterday (Nov. 16) for Arkansas trainer Glenn Hild on 17 charges of animal cruelty, according to Mary Ann Taft, Arkansas State Humane Officer. The 17 Thoroughbreds Hild allegedly mistreated... Read More

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MSU Half-Priced Stallion Service Sale Extended

November 17, 2004

The Equine Club at Michigan State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is hosting its first annual Stallion Service Sale fundraiser/ 2005 stallion services may be purchased for half the stallion's regular stud fee! Bidding for the... Read More

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USEF Rule Permits Use of Surpass

November 17, 2004

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permits the therapeutic use of Surpass, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the FDA for use in horses. Thi... Read More

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Care Guidelines for Equine Rescue and Retirement Facilities Released by the AAEP

November 15, 2004

Because of the vital services provided to unwanted and neglected or abused horses by equine rescue and retirement groups, the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has developed a new resource guide titled "Care Guidelines for... Read More

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Champion, Stakes Producer Epitome Dead at Age 19

November 15, 2004

Epitome, who staged a stirring stretch drive to win the 1987 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) by a nose, has died at age 19. The mare died Nov. 12 after suffering a ruptured artery. She was boarded at John and Benny Williams' Elmwood Farm... Read More

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Clenbuterol Appeals Denied, Suspensions Upheld

November 11, 2004

Harry Thompson Jr., the leading trainer at Penn National Race Course eight of the past 10 years, has been suspended for 315 days and fined $5,250 for positive tests of clenbuterol in 2002.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported... Read More

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Planning and Preparing for the Big Adventure

November 10, 2004

Once you have committed to a pack trip, the preparation begins, even though it might be a year away. First of all, you must decide where you are going and obtain all possible information about the area.

A letter or phone call to the... Read More

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Whip Use and Risk for Racing Falls

November 02, 2004

A study conducted by scientists at the University of Liverpool in England found that the risk of falling in hurdle and steeplechase races was significantly associated with whip use and a horse's progress while competing. The results of the work... Read More

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Hurricanes Smash the Southeast--Horses Relatively Unaffected

November 01, 2004

Hurrricane preparation, toleration, and clean-up--take four. Horse owners and veterinarians in Florida weathered Category 3 Hurricane Jeanne beginning late on Sept. 25, their fourth natural disaster in six weeks. Veterinarians and animal rescue... Read More

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Revising Equine Nutrient Requirements

October 27, 2004

At the 2004 Kentucky Equine Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers, held Oct. 18-19 in Lexington, Ky., there was a strong focus on the upcoming revision of the National Research Council's (NRC) publication Nutrient Requirements of... Read More

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Louisiana Targets Blood-Doping,

October 27, 2004

The Louisiana State Racing Commission medication committee has asked the full commission to ban the use and possession of the blood-doping substances erythropoietin (EPO) and darbepoietin, as well as consider measures aimed at random... Read More

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Rugged Lark Euthanatized

October 27, 2004

Rugged Lark, dubbed "America's Beloved Super Horse," was euthanatized after he colicked on Oct. 25. The 23-year-old Quarter Horse stallion was the winner of the coveted Super Horse title the American Quarter Horse Association World Sho... Read More

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Positive Drug Tests at 2004 Olympics

October 25, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, have tested positive for banned substances, including a gold medal winner. The four positive horses are showjumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More

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Equine Disease: Second Quarter 2004

October 25, 2004

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks in the second quarter of 2004:

Abortions caused by equine herpes virus (EHV-1) among vaccinated mares were diagnosed on a... Read More

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Top Veterinarian William O. Reed Dies

October 25, 2004

William O. Reed, DVM, died Oct. 23 at Winthrop Hospital in Mineola, N.Y. He was 83 years old.

Internationally regarded as one of the finest equine practitioners of his time, Reed is perhaps most remembered for his surgery on the... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Adopts Policy on Horse Identification

October 19, 2004

Horses racing in Kentucky will now be identified the morning of their respective races and before leaving the paddock following a directive from Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA).

Gallagher,... Read More

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Man Held in Indiana Horse Stabbings

October 18, 2004

According to an Indianapolis newspaper and television station, four horses were stabbed in their Zionsville paddock late on Oct. 5 or very early on Oct. 6. One of the horses was killed in the attacks. The horses were found by their owner,... Read More

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Circus Horse's Death Not Due to Abuse

October 18, 2004

The Grand Rapids Press reported recently that the Sept. 28 death of a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus horse will not be investigated by local animal control officers.

The 14-year-old palomino gelding collapsed and... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation: $600,000 for Equine Health Studies in 2005

October 15, 2004

The race is on toward better equine health. Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) has committed nearly $600,000 toward 14 new and continuing veterinary studies for horses in 2005. Foundation-funded scientists at universities throughout the United... Read More