Recent News for Injuries

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Animal Rights Groups Target Eight Belles' Injury

May 06, 2008

In the wake of the death of the filly Eight Belles as she galloped out after the May 3 Kentucky Derby, animal rights organizations are publicly calling for changes--some of them drastic--for the horseracing industry.

The group People for th... Read More

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Chelokee's Surgery Goes 'Very Well'

May 06, 2008

Chelokee, who dislocated his right front ankle May 2 at Churchill Downs, underwent surgery that "went very well" May 5 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, according to Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS. He added that "everything had... Read More

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Eight Belles' Injury Raises Questions About Racing Industry

May 05, 2008

A day after Big Brown blazed across the finish line, the snapshot of Eight Belles down on the dirt set off a raging debate that extended far beyond the Kentucky Derby: Is horse racing now facing an image crisis?

With the memory of Barbaro... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Filly Eight Belles 'Went Out in Glory'

May 04, 2008

A tearful Larry Jones said Eight Belles, who suffered a catastrophic injury in the gallop-out after finishing second in the Run for the Roses, said there would be no second-guessing in what he called an "unfortunate" outcome that couldn't be... Read More

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Winner of Barbaro Stakes Injured on Oaks Day

May 03, 2008

Two years after Barbaro's catastrophic breakdown, trainer Michael Matz watched another one of his colts break down in a race at Churchill Downs on Friday.

Chelokee, a 4-year-old colt, took a misstep on the sloppy track and fractured his... Read More

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Eventing Safety: Joint Letter from USEF and USEA Leaders

April 30, 2008

David O'Connor, president of the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF), and Kevin Baumgardner, president of the U.S. Eventing Association (USEA), released April 29 a letter concerning safety in eventing.

The authors invited all members of... Read More

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MRI for Diagnosing Sesamoidean Ligament Desmitis

April 28, 2008

The high degree of detail seen with MRI has made it possible for veterinarians to find equine injuries they've never seen before. One example of this--MRI evaluation of desmitis in the oblique and straight distal sesamoidean ligaments--was discussed.... Read More

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Second Rolex Horse Euthanized

April 27, 2008

The Quiet Man, a 12-year-old Irish gelding, was euthanized today after sustaining an injury during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event. The horse, ridden by Sarah Hansel, fractured his distal scapula and the shoulder... Read More

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Rider in Hospital, Horse Euthanized After Accident at Rolex Event

April 26, 2008

Equestrian Laine Ashker and her mount, Frodo Baggins, were both injured this afternoon in an accident during the cross-country portion of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The horse, a 12-year-old black Thoroughbred from New Zealand, was... Read More

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Hanging At Home with Rags to Riches

April 24, 2008

One year ago, Rags to Riches was a superstar on the racetrack and the favorite to win the Kentucky Oaks. Today, she is an expectant mother spending her retirement days at Ashford Stud near Versailles, Ky.

Rags to Riches, owned by Michael Tabor... Read More

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How to Apply a Half-Limb Cast and Elevated Support Limb Shoe

April 22, 2008

There are many situations when casting a horse's lower limb can be beneficial, such as when he has a fracture of a pastern bone, a tendon or ligament injury, or a wound that won't heal because of excess movement. At the 2007 American Association of... Read More

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Diagnosing Upper Cannon Area Injuries

April 21, 2008

Pain originating in the upper cannon bone area, just below the knee or hock, is common in all types of equine athletes. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what structure is injured; some injuries can only be seen with high-field MRI.... Read More

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Derby Hopeful War Pass Sidelined by Injury

April 20, 2008

Robert LaPenta's War Pass, the champion 2-year-old of 2007 and winner of the $2 million Bessemer Trust Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Monmouth Park, has suffered a leg injury that has knocked the colt out of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby.... Read More

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ACell Tendonitis Treatment Study

April 16, 2008

"Tendonitis of the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is a common injury in horses, especially racehorses and event horses," began Ty Wallis, DVM, a third-year resident in equine surgery at Colorado State University (CSU). "It's usually... Read More

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Specificity of Digital Flexor Tendon Sheath Nerve Blocks

April 10, 2008

Diagnosing lameness in horses has often been termed an art and a science, in part because the use and interpretation of nerve blocks to isolate sources of pain is more art than exact science. In recent years, several blocks have been found to... Read More

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Welfare and Safety Summit Racehorse Injury Numbers Revised

April 10, 2008

The catastrophic injury rates presented by Mary Scollay, DVM, at the March 17  Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit have been revised after a thorough review.... Read More

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High-Tech Fetlock Joint Fragment Removal

April 08, 2008

VIDEO | Joint chips plague many high-performance horses--up to 29% of Standardbred yearlings and 2% of Thoroughbred yearlings. Often the chips must be removed,... Read More

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Readers Respond: Racehorse Awareness

April 04, 2008

More than 1,400 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "What do you think is the most pressing issue facing the welfare and safety of racehorses?"

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Event Horse Euthanized after Accident

March 24, 2008

Task Force, a 16-year-old Australian Thoroughbred who represented the United States in several international competitions, was euthanized Saturday after sustaining a catastrophic hind leg injury. According to a statement released by the United... Read More

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Belmont-Winning Filly Rags to Riches Retired

March 24, 2008

Edited press release

It was announced March 24 that 2007 Belmont Stakes winner and 2007 champion 3-year-old filly Rags to Riches has been retired from racing and will head to Ashford Stud where she will be bred to champion sire... Read More

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Lessons from Barbaro

March 23, 2008

Barbaro first captured America's imagination, then its heart. "People thought a superstar was on the horizon" after Barbaro's easy win in the Kentucky Derby, said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the veterinary surgeon who headed the team that... Read More

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The State of Stem Cell Therapy

March 22, 2008

Stem cell therapy has received a good deal of attention in both human and veterinary medicine in recent years. It holds theoretical promise for treating conditions ranging from traumatic tendon and cartilage injury to liver failure, Parkinson's... Read More

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Kentucky Derby Hopeful Sidelined by Ankle Fracture

March 21, 2008

Sierra Sunset, a three-length winner of the $300,000 Rebel March 15 at Oaklawn Park, has a hairline fracture of his left front ankle and is out of consideration for the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jeff Bonde reported.

"It's not bad enough to... Read More

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'Healthy Discussion' at Racehorse Safety Summit

March 20, 2008

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded March 18 with the 62 participants releasing action plans on how to improve various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry.

Some of the recommendations could prove difficult to... Read More

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First Aid for Limb Fractures in Horses

March 20, 2008

When a horse's leg is fractured, the primary treatment goal is to stabilize the fracture site so the broken bone ends don't further separate and do more damage. The outcomes of these cases often have a great deal to do with how well the broken... Read More