Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues

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AAEP Convention 2005: Inflammatory Airway Disease

February 17, 2006

A racehorse running at top speed breathes about 120 times per minute, moving about 12-15 liters of air per breath or 1,400-1,800 liters per minute. With this amount of airflow, it's not hard to imagine that any amount of airway inflammation can... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Lameness in Racehorses

February 17, 2006

Inconsistencies in racetrack surfaces account for a large number of lamenesses in racehorses, said Jeff Blea, DVM, of the Southern California Equine Foundation in Arcadia, Calif., during the Lameness in Racehorses Forum held at the 51st Annual... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

February 16, 2006

An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation of the Growing Thoroughbred

February 16, 2006

University of Wisconsin researchers have shown that certain forelimb characteristics in the growing foal are associated with higher birth weights, and a foal's carpal (knee) conformation is associated with the carpal conformation of both of its... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2005: Forelimb Conformation and Race Performance

February 16, 2006

Straight conformation in the forelimb doesn't necessarily beget a more successful racehorse. This is what a research group from the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine discovered in a recent study. However, the group also... Read More

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Serum Biomarkers for Musculoskeletal Disease (AAEP 2005)

February 16, 2006

A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means... Read More

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Evaluating Ulcer Medications

February 01, 2006

Studies have shown that gastric squamous (the non-glandular area of the stomach) ulcers affect approximately 80-95% of racehorses, and more than half of the entire domestic horse population. A recent study from Murdoch University in Australia... Read More

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Inheritance of RER in Thoroughbreds: One Affected Parent Required

January 01, 2006

Recurrent exertional rhabdomyolysis (RER, tying-up) causes affected Thoroughbreds to suffer recurring episodes of muscle cramping, stiffness, excessive sweating, and a reluctance to move after exercise. With no cure available, information on how... Read More

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Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome Research Findings

December 12, 2005

Research was presented on how to control Eastern Tent Caterpillars and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).... Read More

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Researchers Examine Racehorses' DNA

October 18, 2005

Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Hatfield and Cambridge University in England, plan to extract DNA from the bones of three of history's greatest Thoroughbred racehorses--Eclipse, Hermit, and St. Simon. Details of the... Read More

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South African Bleeders Study Begins

September 01, 2005

An international collaboration of researchers launched a study in July to examine the prevalence and severity of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in more than 800 South African Thoroughbreds. The group from the University of Pretoria... Read More

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Bigger Thoroughbreds Sell Better

August 01, 2005

2005 EQUINE SCIENCE SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM, TUCSON, ARIZ., MAY 31-JUNE 3

"Pedigree, conformation, and the racing performance of siblings are the main selection criteria utilized by buyers to evaluate the athletic potential of... Read More

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Preventing Bucked Shins

July 27, 2005

Shin soreness, or bucked shins, in Thoroughbred racehorses is a partly preventable condition according to a recent Australian study. Horses with shin soreness display signs of pain on the front of the shins between the knee and fetlock, said ... Read More

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Puberty in Thoroughbreds

July 01, 2005

Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is... Read More

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Mothers to Be

May 19, 2005

While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive... Read More

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Mule Clones Head for the Races

May 05, 2005

University of Idaho mule clones Idaho Gem and Idaho Star are headed for the races.

But first the pair must complete nearly a year of training before they actually reach a racetrack in 2006. That's when the two clones will begin to prove... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Cold Air and Lung Health

April 08, 2005

Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in sub-freezing... Read More

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Breeding Efficiency in Kentucky Thoroughbred Mares

April 01, 2005

Management and veterinary care are important factors that contribute to the overall pregnancy rate of the Thoroughbred mare, said Karin Bosh, a graduate research assistant in the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science. Bosh... Read More

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Forelimb Conformation and the Thoroughbred Racehorse

March 15, 2005

"What is the relationship between conformation and performance, and what can we do to impact it?" These questions have been asked by those focused on performance in many species, and they were the focus of one presentation by Liz Santschi, DVM,... Read More

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Drug Testing

March 03, 2005

Controversy over medication and drug testing has been around since organized equine competitions came into being. There has always been more disagreement than agreement among the various factions involved, and more contention than harmony. Drug... Read More

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Conformation Development in Growing Thoroughbreds

February 18, 2005

Selection of Thoroughbred horses for racing and breeding is based primarily on equine performance, pedigree, and phenotype (physical characteristics). Although conformation plays a critical role in the evaluation of horses, current methods of... Read More

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Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

February 01, 2005

Musculoskeletal injury is the most common cause of lost training days for Thoroughbred racehorses. This type of injury, particularly fractures, is also cited as a major reason horses leave the industry. But the incidence and characteristics of... Read More

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Track Surface Conditions Influence Likelihood of Racing Fractures

December 28, 2004

Track surface conditions play an important role in the risk of bone fractures in racing Thoroughbreds. Unfavorable conditions of turf and dirt impair the natural shock-absorbing mechanisms of the equine limb,... Read More

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Smarty Jones Retired Due to Bone Bruises

August 04, 2004

Go Smarty Go--To Stud at Three Chimneys Farm 
By Ron Mitchell and Evan Hammonds

Smarty Jones, the Elusive Quality colt whose quest for the Triple Crown came up short in the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), has been retired due to... Read More