Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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Necropsy Shows Racehorse Died of Colitis Complications

June 22, 2009

The initial necropsy report on Team Valor's Sailor's Cap, who died suddenly in his stall three days after winning the June 14 Poker Stakes, showed that he died of probable cardiac arrest caused by colitis-X.

The Merck Veterinary Manual... Read More

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Widespread Drug Contamination Found at Racetracks

June 22, 2009

Since racetrack environments contain residues of multiple drugs that can be detected by standard testing procedures, environmental drug contamination as an explanation for positive drug tests in racehorses needs to be considered like it currentl... Read More

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Tall Fescue Control in Horse Pastures

June 22, 2009

Managers on Kentucky horse farms prefer pastures used for grazing pregnant mares to be composed of Kentucky bluegrass and orchardgrass and little, if any, tall fescue. Most of the tall fescue in Kentucky pastures is "KY 31," and essentially all... Read More

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Rachel Alexandra to Race for a Cure

June 19, 2009

Rachel Alexandra, who last month became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness, will "race for a cure" for the remainder of her 2009 campaign. A $20,000 donation to a breast cancer nonprofit, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, from th... Read More

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NTRA Safety Alliance Gives Delaware Park Accreditation

June 18, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 17 that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility.... Read More

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PSSM Genetic Mutation Reported in Some UK Horse Breeds

June 18, 2009

Collaborative efforts between researchers on both sides of the Atlantic have identified that a genetic mutation in enzyme glycogen synthase 1 (GYS1) is an important cause of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM, a form of... Read More

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AHC National Forum Tackles Equine Welfare Issues

June 17, 2009

Representatives of various equine breeds and disciplines found out June 16 they have a lot in common when it comes to the welfare and safety of horses.

The "Welfare of the Horse," called the most inclusive program of its kind, was the sole... Read More

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AAEP Issues 'Best Practices' for Purchase Exam Radiographs

June 17, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Public Auction Task Force has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the prepurchase... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Industry Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

June 17, 2009

Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming.

With a special session currently... Read More

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Derby Contender Friesan Fire Recuperating from Surgery

June 16, 2009

Friesan Fire, the favorite in this year's Kentucky Derby, is recuperating nicely from surgeries to repair a hairline fracture and remove a bone chip, his co-owner said.

The 3-year-old colt is owned by Tom Simon's Vinery Stables in... Read More

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Researchers Track Body Condition, Metabolic Conditions by Discipline

June 16, 2009

The sport in which horses participate often dictates the body condition in which they are maintained. Polo ponies are typically sleek and trim, their fitness evident in a tight, tucked-up appearance. The same can be said of most racehorses.... Read More

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Positive Response to Arlington Polytrack Upgrade

June 15, 2009

State-of-the-art track maintenance equipment in use for less than two weeks on Arlington's Polytrack course has already led to positive feedback from local horsemen.

"I haven't heard any criticism at all," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington's... Read More

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Former Trainer Guides New Racehorse Transition Program

June 15, 2009

Barbara Luna has spent most of her life working in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, from hot walking horses as a college student, to becoming a licensed owner and trainer later on down the road. Throughout her endeavors she... Read More

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Daughters of Man Accused of Cruelty Relinquish Licenses

June 11, 2009

Kristen and Jennifer Paragallo, the daughters of Ernie Paragallo who faces 22 counts of animal cruelty, have relinquished their owners' licenses.

"The surrendering of the two licenses from (Paragallo's) daughters came during our suitability... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Industry Plans Rally at Capitol

June 11, 2009

The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) is organizing a rally June 17 in the Capitol Rotunda to drum up support for legislation that would financially assist the horse industry.

The rally begins at 10 a.m. EDT on the third day of a... Read More

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Charges Filed in Texas Cruelty Case

June 11, 2009

A Texas woman accused of maltreating 57 horses remains in jail after failing to post bond on cruelty charges.

Carol Paselk faces one count of cruelty to animals and one court of cruelty to livestock. The Class A misdemeanors each carry... Read More

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Kester News Hour, AAEP 2008

June 10, 2009

Every year equine veterinarians flock to the Kester News Hour session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention for reports on research that are too brief or new to be included in the scientific program. For the past... Read More

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Kentucky Farm to Disperse 200 Thoroughbreds

June 10, 2009

The major Kentucky Thoroughbred farm that houses the great stallion Storm Cat announced Tuesday it is selling off nearly its entire stock of about 200 horses.

Overbrook Farm owner Bill Young Jr. explained he just wasn't cut out to continue... Read More

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Supreme Court Declines to Hear Racetrack, Casino Case

June 09, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out a fight between Illinois' casinos and horse tracks over a state law that cropped up in the impeachment and indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The casinos object to a law that forces them to... Read More

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Belmont Contender Dunkirk to Undergo Fracture Repair

June 09, 2009

Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone and will undergo surgery June 9 at the brand new Ruffian Equine Medical Center... Read More

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Horses Fine Following Belmont Efforts

June 08, 2009

Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird obviously loves New York. He loves it so much that he might return this summer to run at Saratoga Race Course in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy Stakes and the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes.

"We've discussed the Jim... Read More

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Farriery: Past, Present, and Future

June 08, 2009

In the future Moyer predicted more use of glue-on shoes, more new shoeing materials from metals to composites, a move to more group/corporate farriery and veterinary operations, more partnering between veterinarians and farriers... Read More

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LSU Vets Aid Horses Trapped in Trailer

June 08, 2009

Veterinarians from Louisiana State University (LSU) responded to an emergency call the evening of May 30 after learning that two horses were trapped in an overturned horse trailer as a result of a single vehicle accident.

LSU veterinarians,... Read More

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Rabies Danger, Exposure Cost Reinforce Equine Vaccination Need

June 07, 2009

Rabies is a rhabdovirus that has been a human threat since antiquity. The virus is capable of infecting all warm-blooded animals with some variation in susceptibility. Rabies is considered 100% fatal to the infected host. However, in order for... Read More

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Summer Bird, Not Mine That Bird, Wins Belmont

June 07, 2009

With the filly Rachael Alexandra out of the Belmont because her owners didn't feel it was in the filly's best interest, all eyes turned back to the Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness Stakes runner-up Mine That Bird.

He was sent off as... Read More