Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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Surface Safety Laboratory Coming Soon

April 17, 2009

A racing surfaces testing laboratory designed to enhance surface safety for horses and riders is being launched with the financial support of a broad industry coalition, it was announced April 17 by the laboratory's coordinators Mick Peterson,... Read More

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Jockey Club Offers Free Thoroughbred Identification Service

April 15, 2009

The Jockey Club has established a free service to help owners identify tattooed but unidentified Thoroughbreds in their possession.

For legible tattoos, an owner can use a free tattoo lookup feature available from Read More

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Racehorse Exercise Predicts Bone Strength (AAEP 2008)

April 05, 2009

Nearly 20% of fatal musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred atheletes are due to complete humeral (forearm bone) fractures, which often occur early in training or following an prolonged layup.... Read More

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Stress Busters

April 01, 2009

What horses eat and when they eat play a significant role in promoting stress. ... Read More

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Michigan Bans Racehorse Steroids

April 01, 2009

Michigan Horse Racing Commissioner Christine C. White April 1 gave notice to the state's horse racing industry that effective immediately, the presence of anabolic steroids will be prohibited in all horses entered to race at any pari-mutuel trac... Read More

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International Equine Disease Report, Fourth Quarter 2008

April 01, 2009

The International Collating Centre, Newmarket, England, and other sources reported the following disease outbreaks:

Two cases of contagious equine metritis (CEM) were confirmed in non-Thoroughbred horses in France. As of Feb. 23 the USDA... Read More

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Love the Longears? Mule Days Are Coming!

March 22, 2009

Mule Day is a week-long celebration held each year in  Columbia, Tenn. This year's event will be Monday March 30 until Sunday April 5. According to the Mule Days muleday.com official... Read More

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UK Donkey Rescue Urges Awareness of Foreign Disease Risk

March 20, 2009

The number of donkeys being rescued and imported from Europe into the UK is at an all-time high, according to the Devon-based Donkey Sanctuary. Any donkeys of unknown origin might potentially carry exotic diseases--posing a risk to the UK's... Read More

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Synthetic Racetrack Surfaces vs. Dirt and Turf (AAEP 2008)

March 16, 2009

Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More

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Catastrophic Injuries Spike at Turfway

March 11, 2009

After going a month with no fatalities, Turfway Park in Northern Kentucky was the site of five catastrophic injuries during an eight-day period in February, according to state veterinarian Bryce Peckham, DVM.

During his monthly report March... Read More

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Churchill Downs Implements Safety and Welfare Plan

March 02, 2009

Churchill Downs Incorporated has announced a series of new rules and policies designed to enhance the safety and welfare of jockeys and horses. The measures will be in place at Churchill Downs racetrack in advance of the this year's Kentucky... Read More

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Anhidrosis: Altered Thyroid Function a Potential Contributor

February 28, 2009

Despite the fact that 20% of racehorses in the southern United States are affected by anhidrosis--the inability or decreased ability to sweat--the underlying causes of this medical condition remain unknown.

Sweating is the primary mean... Read More

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AAEP Releases Racing Safety and Welfare Recommendations

February 16, 2009

The American Association of Equine Practitioners today issued guidelines for protecting the health of the Thoroughbred racehorse. The white paper, "Putting the Horse First: Veterinary Recommendations for the Safety and Welfare of the Thoroughbre... Read More

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Curlin Begins New Career as Stallion

February 14, 2009

Curlin, North America's richest horse with earnings of more than $10.5 million, began his new career Feb. 13 when he covered his first mare at Will S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky.

According to a release from Lane's End,... Read More

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Protocol for Racehorse Steroids Testing Progresses

February 12, 2009

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) board of directors Feb. 6 received an update on an anabolic steroids study, results of which will be used to set thresholds for testing in plasma.

The RMTC board, which met in Las Vegas,... Read More

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Mule Alerts Woman to House Fire

January 06, 2009

Jolene Solomon of McMinnville, Tenn., credits her pet mule, Lou, with saving her from a New Year's Day fire that destroyed her home, NewsChannel5.com reported.... Read More

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Working Equids in Ethiopia Receive Donated Vaccines

December 19, 2008

A gift of vaccines to help prevent the suffering--and even death--of thousands of working horses and donkeys has arrived in Ethiopia, arranged as a gift by a Colorado State University veterinarian. The vaccines, donated by Fort Dodge Animal... Read More

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AAEP Racing Task Force Puts the Horse First

December 17, 2008

"We have a crisis in Thoroughbred racing," stated Scott Palmer, VMD, of New Jersey, a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and head of the AAEP Racing Task Force.

The AAEP Racing Task Force was conceived... Read More

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Test Reveals Arabian Sire as Carrier of Neurologic Disorder

December 15, 2008

An Arabian horse breeding operation announced a stallion is a carrier of cerebellar abiotrophy. ... Read More

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Speed Researcher Says Horses Have Reached their Limit

December 11, 2008

It doesn't look like Thoroughbred racehorses will be breaking records anytime soon ... or perhaps ever again.

According to Mark Denny, PhD, of California's Stanford University, a plateau in racing speed was reached... Read More

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Louisiana to Adopt Racehorse Steroids Rule

December 04, 2008

Using emergency regulations, the Louisiana Racing Commission has banned the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses effective Jan. 1, 2009.

Racing commission executive director Charlie Gardiner said the regulations were adopted Dec. 2 via... Read More

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Managing Mules

December 01, 2008

More people today are turning to mules to take advantage of the temperament and work ethic of these horse/donkey crosses.

The population of mules in the United States is growing, although their numbers are still calculate... Read More

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Foal Weight Partially Dependent on Parity in New Study

November 29, 2008

Australian researchers based at Coolmore Stud in New South Wales, Australia, reported in a new study that placental weight and parity (number of foals a mare has had) are positively associated with foal weight. In contrast, neither... Read More

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Sales Integrity Program Report: 163 Steroid Tests Requested

November 08, 2008

From the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association

The Sales Integrity Program managed by the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association... Read More

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No Breeders' Cup Positives for Steroids, EPO, TCO2

November 08, 2008

None of the horses that participated in this year's Breeders' Cup World Championships Oct. 24-25 at Santa Anita tested positive for steroids, blood-doping agents or TCO2 (bicarbonate), according to Pam Blatz-Murff, senior vice... Read More