Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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California Fund for Retired Horses Passed

December 16, 2007

California took a first step toward helping more horses after their racing years with the final approval of a new fund to support the state's equine retirement facilities.

During a meeting held Dec. 14 in Inglewood, the California Horse Racing... Read More

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Researchers Pinpoint Link Between Appaloosa Coloring and Night Blindness

November 21, 2007

Congenital stationary night blindness causes vision deficits in Appaloosas with certain coat patterns.... Read More

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Performing Colic Surgery on Zebra: Virginia Tech Equine Vets Earn their Stripes

November 08, 2007

For Brown, who has performed hundreds of colic surgeries on horses, having a patient with stripes was highly unusual but technically very similar.... Read More

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Study of EIPH Drug Seeks to Answer Effectiveness, Enhancement Concerns

October 17, 2007

A study led by Colorado State University and research partners will help to answer a long-debated question about health and performance effects of a drug commonly used to treat racehorses in the U.S. to prevent bleeding into their airways as the... Read More

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Thoroughbred Group Offers Tips on Managing, Retraining the Ex-Racehorse

October 16, 2007

The proliferation of racehorse rescues and retirement programs means that thousands of retired Thoroughbred racehorses have been placed into new homes. Ensuring success in what comes next--the transition and retraining of Thoroughbreds by their... Read More

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New Surgery for Roarers Restores Talented Racehorse

September 10, 2007

A new way to correct a respiratory condition commonly called "roaring" has returned a Thoroughbred mare to the track, earning her owners more than $300,000 since her recovery in 2006.

Raging Rapids, a strapping 5-year-old mare, won a race... Read More

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Managing Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis

August 08, 2007

At the 2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, Dr. Sharon Spier spoke about HYPP.... Read More

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New York Racing Rule Targets

August 01, 2007

New York racing regulators July 31 adopted a series of new rules, including more restrictive prohibitions on betting by racetrack mutuel tellers and final action on a provision to combat "Read More

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Three People Injured after Virginia Carriage Horses Bolt

July 30, 2007

A 4-year-old girl on her way to her Roanoke, Va., birthday party was thrown from a horse-drawn carriage after two draft horses pulling it bolted.

The child, the driver, and her teenage daughter were bruised and battered Sunday after the... Read More

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Demand for Hay High After Double Whammy of Bad Weather

July 21, 2007

There's been no letup in demand for David Glover's hay crop from livestock producers with stunted pastures and hungry herds.

"I've gotten calls from everywhere," said Glover, who delivered a tractor-trailer load of alfalfa in Tennessee on... Read More

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Reward Offered in Killing of Minnesota State Fair Patrol Horse

July 16, 2007

The owners of a State Fair patrol horse have offered a $500 reward for help finding the person who slashed the horse's throat over the weekend in their pasture in Inver Grove Heights, Minn.

Owner Patty Stadt said the 15-year-old Quarter... Read More

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Reinforcing Reinforcement Breeding

July 11, 2007

It's common practice at some breeding farms--collecting the drippings from a stallion's penis after he breeds and dismounts a mare, evaluating the sample to confirm that ejaculation did occur, then placing the sample in the mare. Reinforcement... Read More

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Drug Withdrawal Times Posted on Racing Medication Group Web Site

June 13, 2007

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has completed a section of its Web site (www.rmtcnet.com) that enables licensed horsemen to look up guidelines for withdrawal times for approximatel... Read More

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Derby Horses Tested for EPO

May 04, 2007

The 20 starters for the May 5 Kentucky Derby were tested for the performance-enhancing drug erythropoietin (EPO) May 2.

John Veitch, chief steward for the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, said the tests were administrated between 10 a.m.... Read More

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Cryptorchidism in Horses

May 01, 2007

Cryptorchidism is a congenital condition (i.e., the individual is born with it) in which one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) of the testes fail to descend into the scrotum. A number of common terms have been used to describe cryptorchids,... Read More

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Derby Trainers Going Against Convention

April 28, 2007

Several entries will have had long layoffs, something that was once unheard of

Four horses have run just two prep races. Four others are coming in off long layoffs. And some didn't even race as two-year-olds. Conventiona... Read More

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Drug Testing: California Thoroughbred Owners Could Face Fines

April 20, 2007

Owners whose horses have repeated medication violations would be subject to tough new penalties under changes given initial approval by the California Horse Racing Board April 19.

Over the objections of the Thoroughbred Owners of California,... Read More

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Old School: Traditional Farming on Display at MSU Draft Horse Event

April 09, 2007

The century-old Michigan State University (MSU) draft horse program will hold its annual Plow Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14 on the east side of the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. Local aficionados and... Read More

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Drug Positives Have Regulators, Horsemen Scratching Heads

March 12, 2007

Recent positives for aminorex, a drug that has had no commercial source since the 1980s and has no place in racehorses under industry guidelines, has regulators seeking answers and horsemen on the defensive.

There have been positives for... Read More

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MSU Vet Students Experience Draft Horse Driving

March 06, 2007

Animal Science 141 is more about the warm gloves than the notebooks, more about remembering to bring a hat than a pen.

We're talking draft-horse driving, and a Michigan State University class last month hitched students with horses in an... Read More

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Help Us Help Horses

March 01, 2007

Did you know that the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) is the world's largest professional asso-ciation of equine veterinarians? Did you also know that the AAEP has a Foundation? The AAEP Foundation was created and established as... Read More

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Saddlebred Rescue Needs Help Identifying Horses

January 27, 2007

Saddlebred Rescue is asking all Saddlebred trainers, breeders and owners for their help in identifying rescued Saddlebred horses. The majority of the horses taken in by the rescue group are bought at auction. The horses are almost always put... Read More

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Honor of a Lifetime

January 01, 2007

As the AAEP enters its 53rd year of protecting the health and welfare of the horse, I am extremely honored to serve as the association's president.

The AAEP's long-range goals and mission have been clearly defined by its board of directors and... Read More

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Stopping Steroids

December 24, 2006

Progress in racing's war on drugs started with a report in August 2000 from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Task Force on Racing Integrity and Drug Testing at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The following... Read More

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Draft Horses Add Historic Touch to Christmas Tree Farm

December 21, 2006

Isabel and Irene are moving along at a casual pace among the Scotch pines and matted grass, as casually as 1,500-pound giants do anything. A brisk wind is blowing through a windbreak of oak trees nearby.

The sounds of brown leaves rustling... Read More