Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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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

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Symposium Panel Addresses Question of Keeping Star Horses in Training

December 06, 2006

The loss of star racehorses in training and the negative effect it has on the sport was a hot topic during a panel discussion Dec. 5 at the 33rd Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Ariz.

A panel that included Eclipse Award-winnin... Read More

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Cooperative Extension Service Launches Horse Care Web Site

November 03, 2006

With information ranging from finding the best horse for your child to riding techniques to horse diseases, nutrition, and care, HorseQuest brings the "best of the best" university research-based information on horses to Americans via its... Read More

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Upper Respiratory Obstructions

October 12, 2006

United Kingdom researchers found that dorsal displacement of the soft palate and palatal instability were to blame for poor performance in 78.5% of the horses examined in a recent treadmill study of Thoroughbred racehorses. They also found that... Read More

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Equine.com Offers Nelson Horse Watering System in October Giveaway

October 09, 2006

The year-long Tenth Anniversary Year celebration continues at Equine.com, and again this month, more than 300 people will win prizes in the "Ten-a-Day Everyday Giveaway." In addition to giving away ten prizes every day in October, the Web... Read More

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Bone Chips: When the Chips Are Down

October 01, 2006

In the case of bone chips, sometimes bigger is better. In a study performed in 2006, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center theorized that bone chip characteristics in a horse's knees were an indicator of the severity of ... Read More

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An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More

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Prevalence of PSSM in Quarter Horses

September 14, 2006

Up to 6% of apparently healthy Quarter Horses could have subclinical polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM).... Read More

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Surgeries and Steroids

August 22, 2006

A survey of buyers of Thoroughbred weanlings, yearlings, and 2-year-olds discovered that surgeries to correct conformation defects have a significant influence on whether or not someone will buy a horse at public auction.

In fact, 28.4%... Read More

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Breeding Cents

August 11, 2006

In 2003, the horse industry directly contributed $10.7 billion to the U.S. economy; $2.2 billion of that was from the breeding industry alone, according to a study published in 2005. It's no wonder that Karin Bosh's July 11 graduate defense... Read More

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California Using 'Milkshake' Blood Tests to Track Trends

July 17, 2006

California will soon release the results of a study that will reflect trends in connection with blood samples taken from about 6,000 racehorses for the purpose of "milkshake" --or TCO2 testing-- last year.

California takes blood from all... Read More

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Failure of Racehorses to Train and Race

July 01, 2006

It's commonly known that racehorses endure extreme physical and mental stresses preparing for a racing career, which can lead to injuries and illnesses. In a University of Cambridge study, researchers sought to quantify ailments endured by today's... Read More

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Hoof Cracks: Causes and Repair

May 01, 2006

Even though most cracks are minor, they are still worth the attention of your farrier and sometimes your vet.... Read More

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Interval Training: A Better Option?

May 01, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. California studies in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk of... Read More

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Buyers to be Surveyed on Mandatory Disclosure of Surgeries

April 25, 2006

Thousands of Thoroughbred buyers soon will be receiving surveys asking what they think about the mandatory disclosure of surgeries that cause permanent changes in the conformation of sale horses.

Distribution of the questionnaires was... Read More

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Interval Training: A Better Option for Racehorses?

March 28, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. Studies in California in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk o... Read More

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Three Years of Racing Deaths in Australia

March 01, 2006

An Australian survey found that euthanasia for catastrophic forelimb injury was the most common Thoroughbred racehorse fatality. Also, sudden death (not as the result of euthanasia) contributed more to racing fatalities than previously thought.... Read More

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Forelimb Conformation of the Growing Thoroughbred

March 01, 2006

University of Wisconsin researchers found certain forelimb characteristics in growing Thoroughbreds are associated with higher birth weights, and their carpal (knee) conformation is associated with the parents'. Both genetics and environment... Read More