Recent News for Sports Medicine

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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

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Does Fat Really Impact Digestion of Fiber?

July 01, 2003

Dietary fats are important components of performance horses' diets because they are calorie-dense and energy-rich. Previous studies have shown, however, that diets high in soybean oil interfere with fiber digestion in trotters. It is unclear... Read More

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U.K. Transportation Conference to be Held

July 01, 2003

The 2nd International Conference on the transportation of sport/breeding horses will be held July 12-13, 2003, at Hartpury College, Hartpury, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom.

Officials expect that up to 300 delegates from all over the world... Read More

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Heat Stress in Horses

July 01, 2003

Beneath your helmet, your head feels hot and sweat drips off your face as you ride. Your horse's neck is soaked, and your reins are slippery and lathered. The more you call for an effort from your horse, the more sluggish he seems. Despite movin... Read More

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Building Better Athletes Through Nutrition

July 01, 2003

Nutritional strategies for raising and competing sounder Thoroughbreds, many of which can be applied to horses of all breeds, was presented by Laurie Lawrence, PhD, at the Thoroughbred International Exposition and Conference (TIEC). Lawrence, wh... Read More

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Is There A Horse Doctor in the House?

June 26, 2003

If the job trend for veterinary school graduates continues as it has for the past few years, then the answer might be "no." Concern was raised at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention due to the declining number... Read More

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Antioxidants for Exercising Horses

June 25, 2003

Could feeding antioxidants to your horse help him through a performance problem? ... Read More

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Belmont Ball Raises $175,000 for Research

June 23, 2003

The Belmont Ball, hosted by the New York Racing Association on June 5 at Belmont Park, raised more than $175,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation. The black-tie event this year honored internationally renowned equine artist Richar... Read More

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Dietary Clues to Tying-Up

June 20, 2003

Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER, a type of tying-up) is an inherited disorder in Thoroughbreds. Research suggests that RER involves an abnormality in the regulation of calcium in muscle cells. High-grain diets have been implicated as... Read More

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What's Right for Your Horse?

June 01, 2003

Joint trauma can severely limit performance and seriously affect the quality of your horse's daily life. Owners want and need to know how best to manage equine joint disease. The most important factor in successful treatment is early... Read More

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Wrapping a Bowed Tendon for Exercise

June 01, 2003

Q: We have a 4-year-old Thoroughbred with a bowed tendon. He has been laid up for about a year and is now in training and doing well. My question: When we race him, should we wrap his leg to support the bow or leave it open? I... Read More

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Arthritis Under Control

June 01, 2003

Although not usually life-threatening, arthritis causes your horse pain and can be career-ending. In fact, a research report from Michigan State University's McPhail Equine Performance Center calls degenerative joint disease the single most... Read More

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Uniform Drug Policy Years Away

June 01, 2003

A standardized medication and testing policy for Thoroughbred racing in the United States is three to five years away, said Rick Arthur, DVM, vice president and director of the Oak Tree Racing Association and a member of the Racing Medication an... Read More

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New Advisory Board Members Appointed

June 01, 2003

A new board will serve in an advisory capacity to The Horse magazine. Each of these American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) members is volunteering to mentor the publication by answering questions and helping us understand... Read More