Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Proximal Suspensory Ligament Disease of the Forelimb

November 16, 2007

At the AAEP Focus meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Sue Dyson, VetMB, PhD, FRCVS, head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, spoke on proximal suspensory ligament disease (PSD).

She said PSD is common in... Read More

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Texas Ex-Racehorse Group Launches Founders' Circle

November 16, 2007

Members of the racing industry in Texas are showing strong support for LOPE Texas, a non-profit racehorse-placement program, the organization reported in a Nov. 15 press release.

Although LOPE has just launched its newest initiative--the... Read More

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11 to Testify on Illegal Oklahoma Racetrack

November 15, 2007

Eleven people have agreed to testify against the alleged operators of an underground horse racing track after pleading guilty to misdemeanor gambling charges.

The agreements set the stage for a trial for four defendants accused of illegally... Read More

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Surgical Treatments of Carpus Problems

November 15, 2007

At the AAEP Focus meeting in Ft. Collins, Colo., Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair and Director of Orthopaedic Research at Colorado State University, presented surgical options to manag... Read More

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Two Thoroughbred Sales Companies Banning Steroids as of January

November 15, 2007

Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Co. officials jointly announced Nov. 15 that the policy regarding exogenous anabolic steroids will be implemented for weanlings and yearlings beginning with their 2008 sales.

Keeneland and... Read More

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Eventing Olympic Medalist Winsome Adante Retired

November 13, 2007

After an illustrious career that included three victories at the Rolex Kentucky CCI****, a team gold medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, team bronze and individual silver medals at the '04 Olympics, and countless other victories, Winsome Adante... Read More

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Vermont Woman Suing to Keep Miniature Horse in Apartment

November 13, 2007

Patty Cooper's landlord normally welcomes tenants who use animals to help them get around, such as guide dogs for the blind.

So after the disabled woman bought a 32-inch-tall miniature horse to pull her wheelchair, she asked to keep the... Read More

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Recent Advances: Managing Musculoskeletal Injuries and Arthritis

November 12, 2007

McIlwraith discussed intervention that targets management of capsulitis (joint capsule inflammation) and synovitis (inflammation of the synovial membrane lining the joint), since these tend to occur in advance of degenerative joint disease. ... Read More

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Hong Kong To Spend $20 Million On Promoting The Beijing Olympics

November 11, 2007

Hong Kong is planning to spend up to US$20 million to stir up Olympic fever in the Chinese territory and abroad ahead of next year's Beijing Games, an official said Saturday.

Hong Kong, a former British colony on the southern edge of mainland... Read More

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Michigan State Vets Help Prepare Racehorses for Another Life

November 10, 2007

Michigan State University's Large Animal Hospital has been helping prepare retired racehorses for other occupations. Working together with CANTER, these horses receive necessary medical and surgical care, and then are sent on to new homes and ne... Read More

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Laminitis Studies Financed by Barbaro Fund to Commence

November 08, 2007

Two projects focusing on the equine disease laminitis will be launched soon utilizing funds raised by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association in memory of the late 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro.

The projects, at more than $100,000... Read More

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Researcher Recommends MRI for Proximal Suspensory Desmitis Diagnosis

November 07, 2007

When your horse is lame, a diagnosis of suspensory trouble can be discouraging, particularly if it's termed proximal suspensory desmitis (PSD). Inflammation of the upper suspensory ligament in this area can be tough and expensive to treat... Read More

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Churchill Downs Herpesvirus Quarantine Lifted

November 07, 2007

Kentucky State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout, DVM, has lifted the quarantine on a barn at Churchill Downs after test results confirmed that the remaining horses in the barn were not infected with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

Stout imposed... Read More

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Thoroughbred Broodmare Sells for World Record Price at Keeneland

November 06, 2007

English Thoroughbred champion Playful Act shattered the world record for a broodmare or broodmare prospect sold at public auction when her price soared to $10.5 million Nov. 5 on the opening day of the Keeneland breeding stock sale in Lexington.... Read More

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Trainer Finds a Better Way to Break Horses

November 04, 2007

There's nothing like breaking a few dozen bones and losing half your teeth to convince you that there's got to be a better way.

That was the conclusion of longtime horse trainer Blaine Prieur after years of training horses "the old way."... Read More

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Australia Equine Flu Complicates 2008 Olympic Team Qualification

November 02, 2007

The 2007 Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) regional Olympic dressage qualification event, which was scheduled to take place Oct. 24 through 28, is among the hundreds of equestrian events that have been cancelled as a result of the Read More

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Focus on Lameness

November 01, 2007


See what veterinarians and owners learned during the AAEP's late summer meeting on lameness.

Want to know what veterinarians talk about when they get together? This year it was... Read More

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9-Year-Old Racehorse The Tin Man Retired due to Fracture

November 01, 2007

The Tin Man, a 9-year-old multi-millionaire who has experienced continued stakes success on the racetrack, suffered a fractured knee while coming out of anesthesia following an Oct. 25 surgical procedure.

Trainer Richard Mandella, who was... Read More

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Half of Churchill Downs Herpesvirus Quarantine Lifted

October 31, 2007

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has lifted a quarantine order for half of Barn 47 at Churchill Downs, which was placed under quarantine Oct. 26 after a horse was found to be infected with equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1).

Sixteen horses... Read More

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Churchill Downs Herpesvirus: Tests Indicate Virus Isolated to One Horse

October 30, 2007

Thirty-five horses stabled in a barn at Churchill Downs where one other horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) have tested negative for the disease, leading track officials to believe the case is isolated.

According to an... Read More

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Proceeds from Barbaro Ornament to Benefit Laminitis Research

October 30, 2007

The group known as the Fans of Barbaro has announced they will offer holiday ornaments featuring a graphite pencil illustration of Barbaro, the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner who was euthanatized in January after developing laminitis in the... Read More

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Barbaro's Owners, Breeders of George Washington, React to Breeders' Cup Injury

October 29, 2007

Roy and Gretchen Jackson had not seen George Washington since he was a yearling.

Still, when they watched the Breeders' Cup Classic from their Pennsylvania home Oct. 27 and saw the 4-year-old colt sustain the injury that led to his... Read More

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Breeders' Cup Veterinary Report on George Washington

October 28, 2007

During the running of the Breeders' Cup Classic Thoroughbred race, George Washington was injured and subsequently euthanatized. Following is a report from the Breeders' Cup notes team from an Oct. 27 interview by Erin Wing with AAEP On-Call... Read More

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Churchill Downs Officials Hope EHV-1 Case Isolated

October 28, 2007

Officials at Churchill Downs say a case of equine herpesvirus (EHV-1) confirmed in one horse should have limited impact on the fall meet that begins Sunday, as long as the disease is contained.

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture on... Read More

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Cancer-Stricken Child to Get New Miniature Horse

October 27, 2007

A boy stricken with brain cancer could soon have a miniature horse to replace the one killed by a pair of pit bulls earlier this week, a Make-A-Wish Foundation official said Thursday.

The 34-inch-tall, 250-pound Appaloosa probably will arrive... Read More