Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Puberty in Thoroughbreds

July 01, 2005

Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is... Read More

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Feeding Hope or Hype?

July 01, 2005

You notice that your competition horse is starting to shorten his stride occasionally. He is stiff and takes longer to warm up. Perhaps he's showing other signs of physical discomfort. Your veterinarian examines him, and the result is what you... Read More

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Federal Bill Introduced to Expand Veterinary Workforce

July 01, 2005

In response to an increased threat of the use of biological agents for terrorism purposes, The Veterinary Workforce Expansion Act of 2005 (S. 914 and H.R. 2206) has been introduced to the House and Senate. Sen. Wayne Allar... Read More

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EHV-1 Outbreak Confirmed at Churchill Downs

July 01, 2005

The neurologic form of equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) was confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs in mid-May. Three barns remained under quarantine until horses in those barns met requirements by May 24 to begi... Read More

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Gastric Ulcer Research in Racehorses

July 01, 2005

Two articles on the use of omeprazole paste (Merial's GastroGard) in racehorses were published in the May 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The first study looked at using omeprazole paste to... Read More

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Product Name Dispute

June 17, 2005

Platinum Performance Inc., a California manufacturer of nutritional products for horses, companion animals, and humans, has asked a U.S. District Court for a preliminary injunction against Farnam Companies Inc. to prevent Farnam's use of the... Read More

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Split Verdict in Central Kentucky Horse Abuse Case

June 17, 2005

The two central Kentucky women charged with animal cruelty after authorities seized their 24 horses from a Lexington farm in January 2005 received a split verdict in court on June 8. After a two-day trial, the mother, Nancy Nygaard, was acquitte... Read More

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Thoroughbred Sire Lyphard Euthanatized at Age 36

June 17, 2005

Lyphard, one of the great sires of recent times and certainly one of the longest living, was euthanatized June 10 at Gainesway Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Pensioned in 1996 at age 27, Lyphard lived to be 36.

"Lyphard has been a part... Read More

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Churchill EHV-1 Quarantine Released

June 16, 2005

Results from the three horses remaining under quarantine in Barn 17 at Churchill Downs were received earlier today, with all three of the animals being reported negative by a nested PCR assay for equine herpesvirus Type 1 (EHV-1). These negative... Read More

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2004 Olympic Show Jumping Medals Redistributed: Pessoa of Brazil Gets Gold, U.S. Rider Kappler Awarded Silver

June 15, 2005

Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil and Chris Kappler of the United States moved up to gold and silver medals respectively when the FEI (Fédération Equestre Internationale), the international governing body for equestrian sport, officially disqualified... Read More

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Ghostzapper Retired With Sesamoid Injury

June 14, 2005

Frank Stronach's Ghostzapper, the 2004 Horse of the Year and champion older male, has been retired after the detection of a small hairline fracture of the left front sesamoid. He will stand at Stronach's Adena Springs Farm near Versailles,... Read More

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Seven Churchill Horses Test Positive for EHV

June 06, 2005

Horses trained by Steve Asmussen will remain under quarantine in Barn 38 for at least a few more days. Seven horses in his barn still test positive for equine herpesvirus, although there are no new cases with clinical signs. The neurologic form... Read More

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Ponying for Exercise

June 01, 2005

Ponying is leading one horse from another. The pony horse is the one you are riding; the ponied horse is the one being led. Ponying is a good way to exercise a horse you don't have time to ride or one that can't be ridden. If you need to keep tw... Read More

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No Added Benefits from Higher Bute Dosage

June 01, 2005

Higher dosages of phenylbutazone (Bute) don't make chronically lame horses any sounder than standard doses, according to a study in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Thus, giving a lame horse... Read More

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Sudden Death: Untimely End

June 01, 2005

Sometimes horses die suddenly when they aren't involved in athletic competition. You walk out to stall or paddock one morning and your good trail horse or companion animal is lying dead, even though it had appeared normal and healthy when you fed the... Read More

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Eventing's Short and Long Formats Compared

June 01, 2005

Three-Day event horses performing the short format endurance portion of an event and horses completing the conventional long format experience a similar amount of stress, according to a recent study. The public has speculated on whether or not... Read More

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Arthritis in the Performance Horse

May 31, 2005

Arthritis causes considerable pain in your horse, and understanding the disease cycle is necessary in order to prevent further damage from occurring. "One-third of all lameness is due to arthritis or soft tissue trauma," said Rhonda Rathgeber,... Read More

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Memorial Service Set for Slain Saddlebred

May 24, 2005

CHWild Eyed & Wicked was one of five Saddlebred horses who were injected with an unknown substance in June 2003 at a farm in Versailles, Ky., where they were boarded and trained (for archived information on the attacks, see Read More

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Horses in Third Quarantined Barn Set to Return to Training Today at Churchill Downs

May 24, 2005

Horses stabled in the third Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) because of confirmed cases of equine herpesvirus type-1 have been cleared to return to the track for limited training. Those... Read More

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SmartPak Equine Receives Award for Innovation

May 23, 2005

SmartPak Equine announced May 23 that it has received a 2005 Innovation Award from the Smaller Business Association of New England. SmartPak, best known for offering custom-packed nutritional supplements in its patented SmartPak packaging, is th... Read More

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Training Resumes at Churchill

May 23, 2005

Horses stabled in a second Churchill Downs barn placed under quarantine by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture because of confirmed cases of equine herpes virus at the track will be allowed to return to limited training on May... Read More

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Churchill EHV-1 Update

May 23, 2005

Equine herpesvirus type-1 (EHV-1) has been confirmed as affecting horses at Churchill Downs. 

Three barns (6, 38, and 39) are currently quarantined on the backside of Churchill Downs.

To date, a total of five... Read More

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Noble Causeway to Undergo Surgery for Entrapped Epiglottis

May 23, 2005

Nick Zito's run of bad luck in this year's Triple Crown continued Monday when it was discovered My Meadowview Farm's Noble Causeway had entrapped his epiglottis in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and will undergo a myectomy to correct the... Read More

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Ulcer Research in Racehorses: Omeprazole Helps

May 19, 2005

Two articles on the use of omeprazole paste (GastroGard from Merial) in racehorses were published in the May 15 edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The first study looked at using omeprazole... Read More

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Intranasal Vaccine Tolerance

May 19, 2005

A study by Elkanah H. Grogan, BS, and Sue McDonnell, PhD, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, of the University of Pennsylvania's Equine Behavior Laboratory, looked at how difficult it was to give intranasal vaccines using two different... Read More