Recent News for Sports Medicine

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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

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Benefits of Joint Supplements Reaffirmed

May 19, 2005

Cosequin has previously been shown to improve lameness grade in horses with radiographic evidence of joint cartilage damage, and studies have explored possible mechanisms of action for FCHG49 glucosamine hydrochloride and TRH122 low molecular weight ... Read More

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Preakness Runners Not Affected by Churchill EHV Quarantine

May 18, 2005

Churchill Downs and Kentucky veterinary officials are segregating horses because of a possible outbreak of an equine respiratory virus in three barns, but no horses entered in Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) are affected.

Rusty Ford of... Read More

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Update on Churchill Downs Horses

May 18, 2005

Necropsies from the two horses affected by neurologic signs at Churchill Downs showed the horses had lesions consistent with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (damage to the brain and/or spinal cord). Three other horses are currently showin... Read More

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Three Barns Quarantined for EHV at Churchill Downs

May 17, 2005

The Blood-Horse and The Horse have learned that three barns at Churchill Downs have been put under quarantine because of a possible outbreak of an equine viral respiratory disease. Rusty Ford of the Kentucky State Veterinarian's... Read More

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Stem Cell Treatments Successful on Tendon Injuries

May 16, 2005

Mr Cool's victory in the Stanleybet Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park Racecourse, England, on Saturday, May 7 was noteworthy due to pioneering tendon treatment he had received.

After the 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury i... Read More

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Receives TRF "Champion Award"

May 05, 2005

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) today received the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's (TRF) "Champion Award" for CDI's work on behalf of the non-profit organization and the humane retirement of racehorses in the states where CDI racetracks... Read More

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"Moneighs" Raising Money During Derby Week

May 04, 2005

Nearly a dozen "Moneighs," original paintings created by famous racehorses, have been listed by ReRun, Inc. on eBay during the week preceeding the 2005 Kentucky Derby.  ReRun, Inc., the registered non-profit 501(c)3, is hopeful that racing... Read More

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Early Jump Training Unnecessary

May 03, 2005

Training young horses for jumping at six months of age is ineffective and unnecessary, according to a Dutch study published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. The effect of specific jump training on young horses' jumping... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Farnam/Purina Partner on New Feeding Program

May 01, 2005

On March 7, Farnam and Purina announced they were partners in the manufacturing and promotion of a new line of feeds and supplements. The line was created to avoid over-supplementation while delivering state-of-the-art nutrition to horses of all... Read More

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"Seabiscuit" Star Euthanatized

May 01, 2005

Thoroughbred "I Two Step Too," known for his role in "Seabiscuit," was euthanatized on March 7 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington after battling a rare type of tumor called a neuroblastoma in his nasal cavity. I Two Step Too was cast as... Read More

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Athletic Taping of the Lower Limb

May 01, 2005

Athletic taping is commonly used in human sports medicine to begin a physical therapy program; it stabilizes injured soft tissues and helps prevent further injury. Years of experience in the use of athletic taping as well as scientific research... Read More

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Officials to Discuss Polytrack Surface at Turfway

April 26, 2005

Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Ky., and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., plan a joint press conference April 27 to discuss installation of the Polytrack surface, now used on Keeneland's five-eighths-mile training track, at... Read More

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Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery

April 26, 2005

"A simple heel bulb laceration may look like a regular 'nothing' cut, but it could be life-threatening if it's in the coffin joint, so you need to get it evaluated right away," said Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, while describing a... Read More