Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Salix-Only Policy on Race Day Advocated for Kentucky

October 03, 2003

The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission has advocated a Salix-only policy on race day in the state, and said he would schedule meetings around the state to get feedback. Currently, five medications are permitted on race day in... Read More

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Too Much, Too Soon? Just Right?

October 01, 2003

I think we have seen over and over again that it is beneficial to stress the bones of a horse when they are most adaptive. This optimal adaptive period would seem to be when the horse is still in an active growth stage. We have all seen man... Read More

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Steroid Effects on the Knees

October 01, 2003

During intensive training, young racehorses experience a thickening in the layers of bone under the cartilage of joints. These layers, called subchondral (located nearer the surface) and cancellous, become harder and better able to handle the... Read More

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A Pain in the Hock

October 01, 2003

The hock is a complex joint of the rear limb situated between the stifle and the ankle that consists of six bones and four joints. Similar to the human ankle--but elevated and bending backward--the hock works in concert with the stifle, flexing... Read More

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Hunter's Bump

October 01, 2003

Named for the sport in which it often occurs, hunter's (or jumper's) bump is a sometimes painful pelvic condition that affects performance and gait. It's tricky to diagnose, occurs in horses which do many different disciplines, and can be an... Read More

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Training Young Athletes

October 01, 2003

It sounds completely backwards, the idea that you might actually increase health risks by postponing training and competition until a horse is four or older. It goes against the ages-old and widely held belief that you cause damage by initiating... Read More

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Death of a Derby Winner

October 01, 2003

The Blood-Horse magazine reported that 1986 Kentucky Derby winner Ferdinand died sometime in 2002. He likely met his end in a slaughterhouse in Japan, where his career at stud was unsuccessful.

Ferdinand earned nearly $4 million,... Read More

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Horse Dies After Italian Race

September 03, 2003

The traditional Italian bareback race known as the Palio has claimed another equine life, prompting protests from animal rights activists, according to the Associated Press.

Alghero, a 6-year-old sorrel, was kicked by another horse befor... Read More

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Shock Wave Therapy -- Does It Work?

September 01, 2003

What is shock wave therapy? Extracorporeal shock wave therapy focuses a highly concentrated, powerful acoustical (sound) energy source to a focal area. The shock waves induce increased activity of bone-producing cells and might also lead to increased... Read More

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Roaring Down the Stretch

September 01, 2003

Most people who have been around horses long enough have heard a few make abnormal respiratory noises while exercising. These horses usually draw attention to themselves by the sheer volume of noise they create as they go around the show jumping... Read More

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TIEC Brings Health Topics to Horse Owners

September 01, 2003

The Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference (TIEC) held in Lexington, Ky., June 20-22, featured seminars given by prominent racing and equine health experts covering a range of issues related to health, farm management, sales, and... Read More

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New President for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation

August 25, 2003

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's Board of Directors recently named Terence Collier president of the organization at its most recent meeting. Collier, best known in the horse racing industry as the director of marketing and the sales... Read More

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Three Horses Euthanized, Jockeys Seriously Injured in Del Mar Spill

August 12, 2003

Edited from track reports

Jockeys Tyler Baze and Jose Silva suffered serious injuries Monday in a five-horse spill which marred the running of the fourth race at Del Mar.

Xrays disclosed that Baze sustained fractures of... Read More

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New Holder of World's Tallest Horse Title

August 08, 2003

The title of "Tallest Living Horse in the World" went to an 11-year-old Percheron horse named Goliath on July 24. He stands 19.1 hands high, or 6"5' at the withers, weighs in at around 2,500 pounds, and is based in Mount Pleasant, Texas.... Read More

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Five Fillies Die in Central Kentucky Barn Fire

August 08, 2003

Five Thoroughbred fillies scheduled to be sold at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale were killed Aug. 7 when a fire believed caused by lightning destroyed a barn at Oscar Penn Jr.'s Penn Farm near Lexington, Ky.

Farm manager... Read More

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Death of a Derby Winner: Slaughterhouse Likely Fate for Ferdinand

August 08, 2003

(Reported by The Blood-Horse, 7/25/03) Ferdinand, the 1986 Kentucky Derby winner who went on to capture the following year's Horse of the Year title with a dramatic victory over 1987 Derby hero Alysheba in the Breeders' Cup... Read More

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Ferdinand Followup: Owners Promise to Tighten Contracts and Supervision

August 08, 2003

(Published in the Aug. 2 issue of The Blood-Horse) In the wake of the disturbing news of Ferdinand's demise in Japan, letters and e-mails from fans expressing both regret and anger have flooded in-boxes. It is likely, however,... Read More

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Free Equine Rescue Seminar

August 06, 2003

What would you do if your horse got stuck in the mud around the pond or at a river crossing? What if he were trapped in an overturned trailer? Those are just two of the scenarios that will be addressed in free equine rescue seminars sponsored by... Read More

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Deciphering Nutraceutical Labels

August 01, 2003

Did you ever go to the tack store and try to figure out the exact amounts per serving of each ingredient contained in some of the nutraceutical products? It can be an important issue if your horse's joint supplement, vitamin supplement, and food... Read More

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Supplements: Is It Worth the Money?

August 01, 2003

There are valuable compounds, nutraceuticals, and supplements out there that are proven, produced by reputable manufacturers, and supported by science and/or make valid claims. Are you a careful enough consumer to make sure you are buying those produ... Read More

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Update on Two Surviving Saddlebreds

July 22, 2003

Cats Don't Dance, one of the two surviving American Saddlebreds injected with a caustic substance several weeks ago, was recovering yesterday (June 21) at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee Associates (HDM) in Lexington, Ky. Nathan Slovis, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM... Read More

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Saddlebred Attack Turns Deadly

July 17, 2003

Two of the American Saddlebreds attacked and injected with a caustic substance in their left front pasterns were euthanized early today (July 17) in Versailles, Ky., due to complications from their injuries.... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Injected With Damaging Substance Under Treatment

July 04, 2003

The five American Saddlebreds that were injected with an unknown substance and suffered serious injuries as a result continue to recover at Double D Ranch in Versailles, Ky. Ric Redden, DVM, and founder of the International Equine Podiatry Cente... Read More

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Five Saddlebreds Suffer Injuries After Mystery Injections

July 03, 2003

The Associated Press reports that five American Saddlebreds in Versailles, KY, including one former five-gaited world champion, suffered life-threatening injuries after their pasterns were injected with an unknown substance.... Read More

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Tenoscopy for Tendon Injuries

July 01, 2003

Penetrating injuries near the fetlock can be very serious because of their proximity to the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT), which flexes the lower limb joints, and its sheath. While a horse might have only a small cut or puncture wound, the... Read More