Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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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

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Alysheba to Return to U.S., Reside at Horse Park

October 23, 2008

Horse of the Year and Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba is returning to the United States from Saudi Arabia. He will reside in the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park.

According to a release from the Kentucky Horse Park, the public is... Read More

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Jockey Club: Thoroughbred Mares Bred Down 7.7%

October 19, 2008

The Jockey Club released the Report of Mares Bred (RMB) statistics Oct. 16 for 2008 that show a continued decline in North American Thoroughbred breeding activity.

Based on RMBs received through Oct. 10, The Jockey Club reported 2,643... Read More

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New York Bans Racehorse Steroids

October 15, 2008

New York is joining other states in cracking down on steroid use in horse racing, state regulators announced Oct. 14.

"For the sake of the betting public, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that racing runs on a level playing... Read More

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NTRA Announces Racing Safety Reforms, Independent Monitor

October 15, 2008

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) officially unveiled a series of equine health and safety reforms Oct. 15 that will be overseen by an independent monitor. During the news conference in New York City, less than two weeks before... Read More

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International Racing Group Focuses on Synthetic Surfaces

October 07, 2008

Contrasting views on the future of synthetic tracks were expressed at the meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities in Paris on Oct. 6, following the Prix de L'Arc de Triomphe meeting at Longchamp.

British opinion,... Read More

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Genetics of Contracted Foal Syndrome

October 05, 2008

When a foal is born with limb contractures preventing it from standing or walking normally, it is said to have contractures, or contracted foal syndrome (CFS). ... Read More

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Test Allows Arabian Breeders to Scan for Inherited Neurologic Disorder

September 23, 2008

Equine cerebellar abiotrophy is a debilitating neurologic disorder that affects Arabian horses.... Read More

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Jones Appeals Clenbuterol Suspension

September 20, 2008

Thoroughbred trainer Larry Jones has appealed a seven-day suspension and $500 fine levied by the stewards at Delaware Park in connection with the highly-publicized case in which the horse Stones River tested positive for the prohibited substance... Read More

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Racetrack Injury Database Could Face Resistance

September 16, 2008

A new national racetrack injury database will have problems achieving widespread compliance without a large measure of anonymity and confidentiality, a Kentucky racetrack veterinarian said Sept. 15.

"I think there is going to be a ton of... Read More

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Canadian Researchers Focus on Racehorse Safety

September 10, 2008

Since the loss of Barbaro and Eight Belles, NBC's Roundtable on the horseracing industry at the 2008 Preakness Stakes, and the congressional hearing in June 2008, researchers are highlighting their efforts to improve racehorse safety and Canadian... Read More

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Kentucky Governor Bans Steroids in Racehorses

September 06, 2008

Testing for anabolic steroids in racehorses in Kentucky will begin with the start of the Keeneland fall meet under emergency regulations signed by Gov. Steve Beshear Sept. 5.

The regulations, approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission in... Read More

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Trainers Weigh in on Racehorse Shoe Regulations

August 27, 2008

Some leading New York trainers said a ban on toe grabs on racehorses' shoes will help level the playing field, but they're not all convinced the shoes are responsible for catastrophic injuries.

The New York Racing Association in early August... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Approves Ban on Racehorse Steroids

August 25, 2008

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission voted unanimously Aug. 25 to ban the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses, and the rules could be in place the first week of September should Gov. Steve Beshear sign an emergency regulation as expected.... Read More

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Thoroughbred Industry Round Table Focuses on Drug Testing, Safety

August 18, 2008

Calls to action aren't new to The Jockey Club Round Table conference, but at this year's meeting Aug. 17 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., there appeared to be a sense of urgency. Public perception and the threat of federal intervention have a way of... Read More

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Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Program Fulfills Need

August 11, 2008

With the vision of a few caring people, in 2004 Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y., created the first Thoroughbred adoption facility run as a collaborative effort between racetrack management and local horsemen. They named it... Read More

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Reconditioning After Layup

August 01, 2008

After any layup an athletic horse needs to be brought back to peak condition gradually.... Read More