Recent News for Lameness

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Two Graded Stakes Winners Retired Due to Suspensory Issues

May 28, 2008

Grade I winners Nobiz like Shobiz and Panty Raid have been retired due to suspensory problems.

Stud plans are being decided for millionaire Nobiz Like Shobiz.

A 4-year-old son of Albert the Great, Nobiz Like Shobiz scored his big win in... Read More

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O'Connors Release Statement on Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia

May 28, 2008

David and Karen O'Connor have released a statement regarding the euthanasia of Theodore O'Connor.

The statement reads:

"'Teddy' got frightened and bolted. He slipped running back to the barn and suffered a severe laceration to his hind... Read More

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Vet Calls Theodore O'Connor Euthanasia 'The Right Thing to Do'

May 28, 2008

"Karen and David (O'Connor) would have done anything to let this little guy have a shot," said Kent Allen, DVM, one of the three veterinarians who attended Theodore O'Connor following the gelding's catastrophic injury this morning and a long-tim... Read More

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Eight Belles' Necropsy Report Released

May 15, 2008

Eight Belles, the filly who suffered a catastrophic injury after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs May 3, had compound fractures of both front legs at the fetlock joints, a necropsy report released May 15 concluded.... Read More

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Vets Discuss Catastrophic Injuries on Horse Radio Show

May 13, 2008

Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair and director of Orthopaedic Research at Colorado State... Read More

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Racing Industry Opinion: Healing the Wounds

May 13, 2008

There were 417 races run on the flat in North America May 3, but only one captured the attention of the public. Normally that attention would be in celebration of the Kentucky Derby winner, but this year the attention came in the form of... Read More

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Neck Problems in Sport Horses

May 11, 2008

Some of the more typical clinical signs horses with a neck problem might present include stiffness, muscle atrophy, patchy sweating, shortened forelimb stride, forelimb lameness, and abnormal head carriage.... Read More

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Derby Death Spurs Action by Thoroughbred Groups

May 08, 2008

In the wake of the fatal injury sustained by filly Eight Belles in the May 3 Kentucky Derby, The Jockey Club has commissioned a seven-member Thoroughbred Safety Committee, and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) board of directors... Read More

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Racing Authority Responds to Animal Rights Groups' Objections

May 06, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority released a statement May 5 regarding Eight Belles, who was injured and subsequently euthanized after the May 3 Kentucky Derby. It followed demands by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals for changes in the... Read More

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Animal Rights Groups Target Eight Belles' Injury

May 06, 2008

In the wake of the death of the filly Eight Belles as she galloped out after the May 3 Kentucky Derby, animal rights organizations are publicly calling for changes--some of them drastic--for the horseracing industry.

The group People for th... Read More

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Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

May 06, 2008

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. He added that "everything had... Read More

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Eight Belles' Injury Raises Questions About Racing Industry

May 05, 2008

A day after Big Brown blazed across the finish line, the snapshot of Eight Belles down on the dirt set off a raging debate that extended far beyond the Kentucky Derby: Is horse racing now facing an image crisis?

With the memory of Barbaro... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

May 04, 2008

A tearful Larry Jones said Eight Belles, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be... Read More

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Winner of Barbaro Stakes Injured on Oaks Day

May 03, 2008

Two years after Barbaro's catastrophic breakdown, trainer Michael Matz watched another one of his colts break down in a race at Churchill Downs on Friday.

Chelokee, a 4-year-old colt, took a misstep on the sloppy track and fractured his... Read More

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Inside the Club Foot

May 01, 2008

A large majority of horses, regardless of breed, have a high-low foot syndrome where one front foot has a higher angle and different shape than the other. A close look at the characteristics of the high foot qualifies it as a club foot.... Read More

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Eventing Safety: Joint Letter from USEF and USEA Leaders

April 30, 2008

David O'Connor, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), and Kevin Baumgardner, president of the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA), released April 29 a letter concerning safety in eventing.

The authors invited all members of... Read More

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Searching for the Source of Carpal Lameness

April 30, 2008

The equine carpal (knee) joint is a veritable puzzle of bones and sometimes a diagnostic enigma for veterinarians. Mike Ross, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, of the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center offered some insight to practitioners on working... Read More

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MRI for Diagnosing Sesamoidean Ligament Desmitis

April 28, 2008

The high degree of detail seen with MRI has made it possible for veterinarians to find equine injuries they've never seen before. One example of this--MRI evaluation of desmitis in the oblique and straight distal sesamoidean ligaments--was discussed.... Read More

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Second Rolex Horse Euthanized

April 27, 2008

The Quiet Man, a 12-year-old Irish gelding, was euthanized today after sustaining an injury during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. The horse, ridden by Sarah Hansel, fractured his distal scapula and the shoulder... Read More

The VMTH’s specialty services are supported by several ancillary services such as its diagnostic imaging service, which provides MRI, computed tomography, radiography, and fluoroscopy for equine patients.

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Review of Available MRI Systems

April 26, 2008

Not all MRI units are created equal. Learn about the differences in MRI units.... Read More

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Rider in Hospital, Horse Euthanized After Accident at Rolex Event

April 26, 2008

Equestrian Laine Ashker and her mount, Frodo Baggins, were both injured this afternoon in an accident during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The horse, a 12-year-old black Thoroughbred from New Zealand, was... Read More

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Hanging At Home with Rags to Riches

April 24, 2008

One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks. Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Rags to Riches, owned by Michael Tabor... Read More

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How to Apply a Half-Limb Cast and Elevated Support Limb Shoe

April 22, 2008

There are many situations when casting a horse's lower limb can be beneficial, such as when he has a fracture of a pastern bone, a tendon or ligament injury, or a wound that won't heal because of excess movement. At the 2007 American Association of... Read More

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Diagnosing Upper Cannon Area Injuries

April 21, 2008

Pain originating in the upper cannon bone area, just below the knee or hock, is common in all types of equine athletes. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what structure is injured; some injuries can only be seen with high-field MRI.... Read More

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Derby Hopeful War Pass Sidelined by Injury

April 20, 2008

Robert LaPenta's War Pass, the champion 2-year-old of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park, has suffered a leg injury that has knocked the colt out of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.... Read More