Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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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

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Secretariat Foundation Benefits Laminitis, Thoroughbred Programs

June 04, 2009

On the eve of the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes June 6, the legacy of one of the race's most illustrious winners continues to shine throughout the equine community.

Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretaria... Read More

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Standardbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses

June 04, 2009

TheHorse.com and the U.S. Trotting Association have joined forces to create a Standardbred Adoption Service listing for horses offered free to good homes. This is designed after TheHorse.com's successful Thoroughbred Adoption Service.

The... Read More

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Mine That Bird's Registration Papers Reported Stolen

June 03, 2009

Trainer Chip Woolley Jr., who trains Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, woke up the morning of June 2 to find his truck had been broken into at the Louisville hotel where he was staying. The registration papers for Mine That Bird were missing... Read More

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AHC Sets Agenda for Horse Welfare Forum

June 03, 2009

The American Horse Council (AHC) is gearing up for what it calls "the most inclusive presentation on safety and welfare ever assembled"--a June 16 forum on equine welfare.

The forum, called "Welfare of the Horse," is the focus on this year'... Read More

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Contracted Tendons and "Tippy-Toed" Foals

June 02, 2009

One of the most common deformities that equine veterinarians deal with in newborns is contracted digital flexor tendons. This might cause foals to walk on the toes of their front hooves instead of being flat footed.... Read More

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CEM Investigation Finds 21 Positive Stallions

June 02, 2009

The ongoing investigation into venereal disease contagious equine metritis (CEM) has now located 21 stallions--one of which is now a gelding--positive for causative organism... Read More

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New Horse Owners Learn About Breeding Process

May 31, 2009

If there's one thing the horse industry needs, its new blood to fuel the sport. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association (TOBA) works each year to accomplish just that through its new owner seminars and breeding clinics, the most recent... Read More

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Obama Suspends Recent H-2A Agricultural Worker Rule Changes

May 31, 2009

According to an update from the American Horse Council (AHC), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has suspended the recent changes to the H-2A program made by the Bush Administration in December 2008.

On Dec. 18 DOL adopted a final rule... Read More

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Friesan Fire Sidelined

May 29, 2009

Vinery Stables' and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who was made the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after three consecutive graded stakes wins this spring, has been sidelined for a couple of months due to... Read More

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Belmont Stakes Home Track Receives Accreditation

May 29, 2009

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced the Thoroughbred racetrack Belmont Park, home of the Belmont Stakes, has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing... Read More

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Dogwood Stable Names Mine That Bird's Brother

May 28, 2009

Dogwood Stable, which paid $485,000 for Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird's half-brother by Yonaguska at the Fasig-Tipton Midlantic 2-year-old sale, has named the colt Brother Bird.

According to a Dogwood spokesperson, the colt, out o... Read More