Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Jockey Suspended Five Years for Possessing Horse Stimulator

October 03, 2007

Jockey Roman Chapa recently began serving a five-year suspension issued by the New Mexico Racing Commission after he was found to be in possession of an electrical device. Chapa had appealed the ruling to district court, which on Sept. 11 upheld... Read More

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Outbreak: Australian Olympic Horses Vaccinated against Influenza

October 01, 2007

Vaccination of the horses shortlisted to represent Australia at the 2008 Olympics has begun following a special allocation of up to 100 doses of horse flu vaccine for high-value horses used in equestrian competition.

"Vaccine has been... Read More

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Indiana to Regulate Steroids; Questions Raised

October 01, 2007

The Indiana Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Sept. 27 to adopt regulations on use of anabolic steroids in racehorses developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and endorsed by the Association of Racing Commissioners... Read More

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Sticky Stifles

October 01, 2007

My Thoroughbred's stifles have been making a popping noise for quite some time.... Read More

Routine hoof care is critical for your horse’s soundness and well-being. “A lot of times, when horses are on pasture, not in performance and not getting ridden very often, hoof problems arise due to longer intervals between care,” Tanner says. Whether a horse is barefoot or shod, “routine trimming by a skilled farrier,” is essential to reduce the possibility of laminitis, he adds.

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Older Horses Part 4: Hoof and Joint Care

October 01, 2007

The aging process brings with it some inevitable changes in horses. ... Read More

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Strength and Flexibility

October 01, 2007


There are a variety of ways to help your horse be stronger and less stiff.

For an avid horse person, little takes the breath away like watching an athletic... Read More

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Winding Down

October 01, 2007

Giving your horse a break from training can result in a healthier, happier horse--if you do it correctly. ... Read More

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Paraplegic Foal Update: Lucky at Home

September 30, 2007

VIDEO | About a month ago, The Horse brought you the story of Lucky, a five-month-old Quarter Horse foal who was rendered paraplegic by a spinal cord abscess at two... Read More

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Unilateral Castration in Horses Contraindicated and Costly

September 29, 2007

Unilaterally castrating horses (removing only one testicle), often as a result of failure to identify cryptorchidism prior to commencing a surgical castration, is an expensive and unethical procedure that continues to occur too frequently,... Read More

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Customs Officials Find Miniature Horse Cooped Up in Dog Kennel

September 28, 2007

When U.S. customs officials were checking on a large dog kennel inside an airplane that landed at the world's largest airport, they were surprised to find a hunched-over Miniature Horse looking up at them.

The incident could land the... Read More

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Keeneland November Sale Larger Than Ever; More Than 5,400 Lots Cataloged

September 27, 2007

Keeneland has cataloged a sale-record total of 5,415 lots for its November breeding stock sale, which will be held in Lexington. The auction, the largest of its kind in the world, will run for 15 days, Nov. 5-19.

November Sale catalogs will be... Read More

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Commentary: Spending Time with John Henry

September 26, 2007

I took my 7-year-old son to visit the Old Man on a recent Sunday afternoon.

It's been almost 20 years since I'd seen him, and the first time for Matthew. You know how time gets away. The Old Man's health has not been too good lately so a... Read More

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Keeneland September Sale Ends With Second-Highest Gross and Median Ever

September 26, 2007

When the Keeneland September yearling auction ended Sept. 25 in Lexington after 15 grueling sessions, consignor Tommy Eastham of Legacy Bloodstock was eager for more.

"I'm not ready to go home," he said. "As long as the horses are selling good... Read More

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Morris Animal Foundation Funding 11 Equine Studies in 2008

September 25, 2007

In 2008, the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) will fund about 120 animal health studies, including 11 new and continuing studies for horses. Equine enthusiasts are invited to sponsor or co-sponsor one of these studies with a total gift of $3,000 o... Read More

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WEG 2010: Three Years until Opening Ceremonies

September 25, 2007

Three years might sound like a long time, but for the organization responsible for planning, staging, and conducting the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, 2010 is quickly approaching. September 25, 2007 marks three years to go before the... Read More

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New Penn State Faculty Member brings Thoroughbred Industry Experience

September 24, 2007

W. Burton Staniar, MS, PhD, has joined the Penn State Department of Dairy and Animal Science faculty as an assistant professor of equine nutrition.

Prior to coming to Penn State, Staniar was an assistant professor at Virginia Polytechnic... Read More

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Keeneland Buyers, Consignors Impressed With September Sale Market

September 24, 2007

As the Keeneland September yearling sale approached the end of its long run in Lexington, the comments from consignors and buyers were nearly all positive. Here's what they had to say:

Jody Huckabay, Elm Tree Farm: "If you bring a nice horse... Read More

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USEF Members Get an Early Shot at WEG 2010 Tickets

September 24, 2007

Members of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) will have the opportunity to be among the first to reserve tickets for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010. All categories of USEF membership will be included in this ticket... Read More

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Belmont Equine Medical Center to Bear Ruffian's Name

September 21, 2007

The state-of-the-art equine medical facility currently under construction at Belmont Park will be named after the great filly Ruffian, the IEAH Corporation announced Sept. 20.

"We are honored to able to carry out the legacy of Ruffian on th... Read More

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Racehorse Loses 125th Race; Sets New Record for Futility

September 20, 2007

A Puerto Rican horse that can't win a race now has a claim to fame. Dona Chepa, a 9-year-old brown mare, finished last in a six-horse field at Camarero Racetrack in eastern Puerto Rico on Wednesday, a 125th consecutive loss that is believed to b... Read More

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Cobra Venom Case: Trainer's Hearing Scheduled

September 20, 2007

Following the announcement of the five-year suspension of veterinarian Dr. Rod Stewart for alleged violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations, the... Read More

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Competition Director Selected for WEG 2010

September 20, 2007

Kate Jackson has been named Competition Director for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, the World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc., the organization responsible for the planning, staging, and conducting the games, announced.

As... Read More

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Second 'Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse' Summit Planned

September 20, 2007

Participants from the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit announced a second summit is scheduled for March 17-18, 2008, at Keeneland. In addition, members on Sept. 20... Read More

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Vet Given Five-Year Suspension in Cobra Venom Investigation

September 19, 2007

Kentucky racing stewards have suspended veterinarian Dr. Rodney Stewart for five years for numerous violations of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's medication regulations.

The suspension was ordered following an investigation into items... Read More

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Puerto Rican Racehorse Could Set New Record for Most Races Lost

September 19, 2007

A Puerto Rican mare who hasn't won much of anything could at least claim a piece of horse racing history.

Dona Chepa, who has lost 124 consecutive races to match the futility set by Ouroene in Sydney between 1976 and 1983, could surpass the... Read More