Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

February 01, 2005

Musculoskeletal injury is the most common cause of lost training days for Thoroughbred racehorses. This type of injury, particularly fractures, is also cited as a major reason horses leave the industry. But the incidence and characteristics of... Read More

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

February 01, 2005

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized in December. The first case was found Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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Leptospirosis in Central Kentucky

February 01, 2005

High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky mares could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force, who defended his master's thesis at... Read More

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FEI Appoints Task Force on Doping and Medications

February 01, 2005

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau established a six-person task force to reassess policies necessary to eliminate abusive and... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test 300 Shows

February 01, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was to begin testing for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows in January as a result of a recommendation made by the drug and medications task force.

The task... Read More

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Drug Consortium Moves on Violations, "Milkshakes"

January 26, 2005

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has set a deadline for adoption of recommended uniform medication violations and testing protocol for "milkshakes," which are mixtures of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a racehorse before i... Read More

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Owner of Central Kentucky Seized Horses Makes Statement

January 18, 2005

Amy Labbe, owner of the mare and foal seized by the Lexington Humane Society (LHS) in Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 5 and brought to Hagyard Equine Medical Institute (HEMI) because of their malnourished condition, comes to the defense of Nancy an... Read More

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Thoroughbred Industry Establishes Fund for Tsunami Relief Effort

January 07, 2005

Donations will be accepted at Keeneland's January Sale

As the devastating toll of the Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami continues to mount, members of the Thoroughbred industry are establishing a fund for the relief efforts.... Read More

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Arizona Racing Officials Prepared to Delve into Raids, Medication

January 05, 2005

Arizona Department of Racing officials have planned hearings in early January for eight horse owners or trainers whose barns were raided by state and federal officials Dec. 15 at Turf Paradise in Phoenix.

The raids, according to the... Read More

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Be Prepared for the Worst

January 01, 2005

September 15th is a day I will never forget. The Dearborn County Sheriff's office asked if I would respond to a horse trailer accident involving 50 horses, and I was on my way. I was the only vet present to help fire and rescue personnel extract... Read More

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Should the Screw Stay In?

January 01, 2005

My 2-year-old filly clipped a fence post in a pasture eight months ago. The result was a slab fracture of the right hind long pastern bone. My vet attempted to repair it with a screw, which failed to hold the fragment in place, so I opted to... Read More

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USEF Permits Use of Surpass

January 01, 2005

Effective Dec. 1, 2004, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Equine Drugs and Medications Rule permitted the therapeutic use of Surpass, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory product (NSAID) recently approved by the Food and Drug... Read More

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Bute, Colitis, and Ulcers

January 01, 2005

The equine esophagus extends into the first one-third of the stomach, making horses susceptible to acid reflux disease. Naturally present bacteria can colonize in ulcers, and the stomach acid can keep them from healing.... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test An Additional 300 Shows

December 28, 2004

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) will test for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows. The efforts to protect the American Quarter Horse comes from a recommendation made by a drug and medications task... Read More

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Track Surface Conditions Influence Likelihood of Racing Fractures

December 28, 2004

Track surface conditions play an important role in the risk of bone fractures in racing Thoroughbreds. Unfavorable conditions of turf and dirt impair the natural shock-absorbing mechanisms of the equine limb,... Read More

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

December 28, 2004

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized. The first case was discovered Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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Leptospirosis in Central Kentucky

December 17, 2004

High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky horses could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force, who defended his Masters thesis on... Read More

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How Racehorses Make the Transition to Stallions

December 15, 2004

Proper training and an optimal environment are crucial to kicking off a racehorse's stud career.... Read More

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Santa Anita Milkshake Testing to Begin Dec. 26

December 14, 2004

Track to test every horse in every race 

Santa Anita Park isn't waiting for a statewide ban to make its stand against "milkshakes." At the meet that begins Dec. 26, the Arcadia, Calif., racetrack will test every horse in... Read More

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AAEP 2004: Vets Discuss Pre-Purchase Exams

December 06, 2004

The Dec. 5 open forum discussion of pre-purchase exams at sales covered several topics critical to consignors, buyers, and veterinarians at the 50th anniversary meeting of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in Denver, Colo. A task... Read More

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FEI: Decision on German Olympic Medication Cases

December 04, 2004

Goldfever 3 and Ludger Beerbaum of Germany--2004 Athens Olympic Games
Following a hearing held in Zurich (SUI) on Dec. 2, the FEI Judicial Committee determined that there had been a breach of FEI General Regulations Art. 146.... Read More

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FEI Task Force on Doping and Medication Policy Appointed

December 02, 2004

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau decided to establish a task force to reassess the policies necessary for the elimination of... Read More

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Joint Supplements and Vitamins

December 01, 2004

Q: I have a 2-year-old Quarter Horse gelding who has been in training for three months. When should I start giving him a joint supplement? Also, when should I begin giving him a vitamin supplement?

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MRI for Confirming DDF Tendonitis

December 01, 2004

Tendonitis of the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) in horses is a newly recognized cause of foot pain. Radiography and even ultrasonography have failed to detect abnormalities in this tendon, especially as it travels within the hoof capsule and... Read More

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Medicinal Control of Tying-Up

December 01, 2004

Dantrolene sodium (Dantrium) is used to control exertional rhabdomyolysis (ER, also called tying-up) in horses. Diagnosis of ER is typically confirmed by a finding of increased serum creatine kinase (CK), which is often greater than 1,000 IU at... Read More