Recent News for Breed-Specific Health Issues
April 09, 2008
Up to 86% of Australian Thoroughbred racehorses have been reported to have gastric ulcers. Many factors can contribute to ulcers, and researchers at Murdoch University set out to determine which ones were the most significant for this population... Read More
April 08, 2008
Storm Cat, for years the No. 1 Thoroughbred stallion, has been experiencing difficulties impregnating his mares this breeding season at the Young's family's Overbrook Farm near Lexington. Fewer than half of the 31 mares that the 25-year-old... Read More
April 04, 2008
The much maligned mule is getting a day of celebration but will have to share the spotlight with a breed of even sorrier reputation--the politicians.
The Mule Day parade set for Saturday is the highlight of a six-day celebration honoring th... Read More
March 28, 2008
Suffering dramatic drops in numbers of registered animals, several European draft horse breed societies are coming up with targeted promotional campaigns in order to keep their breeds alive.
In England, the critically endangered Suffolk is... Read More
March 22, 2008
The Virginia Racing Commission will offer free pre-race testing for anabolic and androgenic steroids in horses that race at Colonial Downs this year.
The commission, at its March 19 meeting, unanimously adopted regulations and penalties... Read More
March 10, 2008
Although it's not a common injury, fracture of the scapula or shoulder blade does occur in horses and causes notable lameness. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., Stuart Vallance, BVS... Read More
February 26, 2008
The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it... Read More
February 23, 2008
Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return... Read More
February 19, 2008
Lacey is beautiful, full of personality, and very athletic--for a mule, that is. Her owners plan on showing their cherished mule when she is ready, but they face an obstacle that all owners of female mules or mares go through--heat cycles.
... Read More
February 11, 2008
February 04, 2008
Instead of finding homes for abandoned dogs or cats, one animal rescue group is asking Minnesotans to adopt donkeys.
Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue has more than 1,000 donkeys, including abused and neglected domestic donkeys and wild burros.... Read More
January 19, 2008
There are several animal attractions at the Cornwall's Crealy park near Wadebridge in the United Kingdom, but one of the most popular is the draft horse exhibit. Roger Harvey, manager of the park's animal attractions, teaches the draft horses... Read More
January 01, 2008
Q: Some friends and I were discussing the heightened "territorial" aspects of long-ears (mules and donkeys) vs. horses. While I've had horses that were bred and raised out West that were more protective against "predators" such... Read More
January 01, 2008
Infertility is a major problem in some broodmares. A large incidence of infertility is seen in valuable, intensively bred mares such as racehorses and performance mares, and significant amounts of money and time are devoted to dealing with the... Read More
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
November 21, 2007
Congenital stationary night blindness causes vision deficits in Appaloosas with certain coat patterns.... Read More
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
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
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
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
August 08, 2007
At the 2006 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, Dr. Sharon Spier spoke about HYPP.... Read More
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 "
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
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
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