Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Keeneland, Toyota Award Grant to Equine Humane Center

April 17, 2008

Kentucky's at-risk horses are set to receive a gift from the Keeneland Foundation and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky in the form of a $20,000 grant to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center.

Located on a 72-acre farm near Lexington, the... Read More

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ACell Tendonitis Treatment Study

April 16, 2008

"Tendonitis of the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is a common injury in horses, especially racehorses and event horses," began Ty Wallis, DVM, a third-year resident in equine surgery at Colorado State University (CSU). "It's usually... Read More

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Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program Unveiling New Facility

April 16, 2008

The Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program (FLTAP) will officially unveil its new adoption facility April 18. The group's new headquarters is located on the grounds of Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y.

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Muscle Disorders in Warmbloods Easily Diagnosed through Biopsy

April 16, 2008

Owners of Warmbloods with debilitating--or sometimes just plain baffling--muscle disorders can get useful and reliable answers about their horses' conditions through a relatively simple muscle biopsy. So say University of Minnesota researchers,... Read More

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Heart Murmurs: No Impact on Racing Performance in New Study

April 15, 2008

According to a group of researchers from the United Kingdom, heart murmurs are common in athletic horses, but do not negatively impact racing performance.

"A high prevalence of heart murmurs is known to exist in horses," explained Lesley... Read More

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SmartPak Offering Rolex Course Walk

April 14, 2008

Those attending the upcoming Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event will have the opportunity to walk the only CCI**** cross country course in America with two of the country's top event riders, Kim Severson and Jan Byyny. This will be Severson's third... Read More

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Miniature Horse in the Suburbs, But For How Long?

April 13, 2008

In British Columbia, Canada, an injunction has been sought from the Supreme Court in the Municipality of North Cowichan requiring a woman to remove her 2-year-old "pet Miniature Horse, Buckley, from a quarter-acre residential lot," according to... Read More

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Independent Filmmakers Document the Road to the Derby

April 13, 2008

Independent filmmakers John and Brad Hennegan, sons of a New York Racing Association placing judge, filmed 500 hours in 2006 during the Throughbred racing season leading up to the Kentucky Derby. The film was designed to "demystify the process,"... Read More

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Review: Racetrack Fatality Ratio Changes

April 12, 2008

The number of catastrophic injuries on dirt tracks has gone up while the corresponding number on synthetic surfaces has gone down, according to a revision of a report first given at the March 17 Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit.

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MRLS: Tent Caterpillars Hatch in Central Kentucky

April 11, 2008

Experts have reported that Eastern tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring and have just completed the egg hatch stage. Controlling the caterpillars is vital to area horse farms, as University of Kentucky research has strongly linked... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy: Blame It on the Genes

April 11, 2008

A genetic mutation in an enzyme called muscle glycogen synthase might be responsible for polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM)--a debilitating and life-threatening disease in horses characterized by abnormally high glycogen (the storage form of... Read More

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Hyaluronic Acid vs. Triamcinolone Acetate for Osteoarthritis

April 11, 2008

Osteoarthritis has a major impact on pain and athleticism of horses, and many medications are used to combat it. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., an in vitro study comparing... Read More

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New Drug Protocol Planned for Hong Kong Olympic Horses

April 11, 2008

The international equestrian federation (Fédération Equestre Internationale, FEI) is stepping up the fight against medication use in equine athletes to avoid a repeat of the situation following the 2004 Athens Olympics.

"Athens wa... Read More

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Service Pony Recovers from Health Crisis

April 10, 2008

Thanks to the skill and kindness of several Texas veterinarians, a blind woman's assistive guide pony is recuperating from serious illness.

Trixie is a nearly 14-year-old Pony of the Americas mare, and she has been Tabitha Darling's service... Read More

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Specificity of Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath Nerve Blocks

April 10, 2008

Diagnosing lameness in horses has often been termed an art and a science, in part because the use and interpretation of nerve blocks to isolate sources of pain is more art than exact science. In recent years, several blocks have been found to... Read More

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Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More

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Risk Factors for Gastric Ulcers in Thoroughbreds

April 09, 2008

Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More

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High-Tech Fetlock Joint Fragment Removal

April 08, 2008

VIDEO | Joint chips plague many high-performance horses--up to 29% of Standardbred yearlings and 2% of Thoroughbred yearlings. Often the chips must be removed,... Read More

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Storm Cat Experiencing Drop in Fertility

April 08, 2008

Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 Thoroughbred stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young's family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Fewer than half of the 31 mares that the 25-year-old... Read More

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Olympic Horse Transporter Aims for 'First Class' Service

April 07, 2008

Martin Atock has seen a lot of things in the more than 20 years he has spent coordinating international equine travel. Atock is managing director of Peden Bloodstock, the official Olympic horse transportation company.

In 1990 he was... Read More

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37-Year-Old Horse Closing in on Trail Mileage Record

April 06, 2008

Pushing the envelope of equine athletic prowess, 37-year-old half-Arabian Elmer Bandit is gearing up to start yet another competitive trail ride season.

In 2007 Elmer's certified lifetime competitive miles stood at 20,240, nearing the... Read More

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Derby Hopeful War Pass Endures Rocky New York Flight

April 05, 2008

Trainer Nick Zito hopes the running of the Wood Memorial (gr. I) today at Aqueduct Racetrack in Jamaica, N.Y.) goes smoother than War Pass' flight from Florida to New York.

War Pass banged his head during the turbulent trip... Read More

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Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center to Hold Remembrance Event April 16

April 05, 2008

Virginia Tech's Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center will host a time of remembrance event at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16 (rain or shine).

Speakers will include Dr. Martin Furr, professor and Adelaide C. Riggs Chair in Equine... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More