Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Double Fund Raiser for Thoroughbred Charities of America

July 25, 2005

Thoroughbred Charities of America is planning a Charity Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at 54th-ranked Saratoga National Golf Club. This year the group is adding Las Vegas Night, with major prizes including Hummers, Vespas, Harleys, hot... Read More

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Two Horses Saved From Fire in Canada

July 22, 2005

A 13-year-old girl ran into a burning barn to retrieve a horse, reports The London Free Press online edition. Another horse was... Read More

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Racetrack Compost Plan Underway

July 22, 2005

An anaerobic digester serving an Ohio racetrack and the city of Columbus will divert more than 125,000 tons of organic waste away from an area landfill. The composting operation will be built at Scioto Downs, says Read More

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Loose Horse Falls in Culvert, Dies

July 22, 2005

Police and rescue personnel were unable to save a horse that escaped from its pasture on Monday and fell into a culvert in Ravenna, Mich., reports Read More

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Australia Company to Manufacture Equine Stem Cells

July 19, 2005

An Adelaide, Australia-based company has attained a license to manufacture equine stem cells in Australia. According to Australia's online edition of The Advertiser, Australia's regulator of veterinary medicines--the Australian... Read More

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New Resources for the Breeding Community

July 19, 2005

The first edition of the Performance Horse Registry (PHR) e-newsletter, American Breeder News, was sent on July 8. A breeder-savvy publication about sport horse breeding in North America, American Breeder News will be delivered... Read More

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Surgery Treats Hock Arthritis

July 13, 2005

Osteoarthritis of one of the joints within the hock (the talocalcaneal joint) is a rare cause of acute onset of severe lameness, but clinical findings and diagnostic analgesia (such as blocking a joint) often fail to identify precisely the site... Read More

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Disease Control at Racetracks and Horse Events

July 05, 2005

The following guidelines may be implemented at equine facilities to prevent diseases from affecting an event and/or in the face of a disease outbreak. Disease control will be initiated at one of three levels; the federal government deals with... Read More

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Ellis Park to Conduct Random Milkshake Testing

July 05, 2005

Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. will randomly test horses before every race during its 2005 meet for alkalizing agents known as milkshakes.

Under Ellis' milkshake testing policy, the track will require a random number of horses entered in... Read More

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Severed Extensor Tendon

July 01, 2005

One afternoon in December, my gelding George lurched into the barn with a hole where his knee used to be. The emergency veterinarian, Dr. Zimmerman, soon confirmed our worst fears: George's extensor tendon was severed, his... Read More

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Leg Injury Rehabilitation

July 01, 2005

When your veterinarian informs you that your 6-year-old gelding has sustained a suspensory ligament injury in his left foreleg, your heart sinks. Not only are you concerned about the amount of pain and suffering your horse will endure in the... Read More

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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