Recent News for Injuries

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Fatal Injuries on Midwestern Racetracks (AAEP 2010)

January 24, 2011

In the Midwest there are several racetracks--featuring both Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing--that sometimes slide under the radar of the mainstream racing community. But like all other tracks around the nation, these venues see wins, losses, ... Read More

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Areas of Humerus Stress in Horses Differ with Track Surface (AAEP 2010)

January 21, 2011

How much impact does a racing surface have on the horse's body and which parts are stressed most during work? According to Abigail N. Dimock, DVM, MS, of the University of California, Davis, who in collaboration with Kurt Hoffman, DVM, and other ... Read More

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Equine Scapular Fractures: Incidence in Racehorses (AAEP 2010)

January 17, 2011

About 2% and 6% of all racetrack fatalities in Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses, respectively, are the result of scapular fractures, according to Stuart A. Vallance, BVSc (Hons), who, with Susan Stover, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, and a research team at ... Read More

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Bone Chips: Prevalence and Effect on Racing Career (AAEP 2010)

January 11, 2011

In the first study of its kind performed on 2-year-old Thoroughbred racehorses, Daniel T. Meagher, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Valley Equine Associates, in Ranson, W.Va., set out to determine the prevalence of radiographic lesions and their effect on ... Read More

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Bone Chips in the Knee and Racing Potential (AAEP 2010)

January 10, 2011

Before purchasing a yearling it's important to review his health records to ensure he is healthy and sound enough for a successful racing career. Jennifer L. Higgins, DVM, gave potential buyers insight into specific lesions that could ... Read More

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Equine Racing Fatalities: Does Track Surface Matter? (AAEP 2010)

December 30, 2010

The horse racing industry is continuously working to make the sport safer for all parties involved, and in 2008, the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) mandated the use of synthetic track in an attempt to reduce the number of catastrophic injuries ... Read More

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Kentucky to Require Piroplasmosis Testing

December 06, 2010

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has issued a letter stating that, effective Jan. 1, 2011, any horse shipping to a racetrack in the state must have a certificate showing it is negative for equine piroplasmosis. ... Read More

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New Stem Cell Technology Offers Promise to Lame and Injured Horses

November 26, 2010

In the not-so-distant future, researchers believe they will be able to genetically modify stem cells to create a "vaccine," so to speak, to treat a large number of musculoskeletal and other disorders in both humans and horses. ... Read More

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NSAIDs Help Pain But Not Bone Healing

November 24, 2010

Imagine sustaining a fracture or undergoing orthopedic surgery and being prescribed a drug that helps control pain and inflammation. This medication is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). But there is a catch: the drug that helps control ... Read More

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Horse Euthanized After Workout Injury at Belmont Park

November 15, 2010

Buddy's Saint, a graded stakes winner as a 2-year-old who had been nearing a return to the races, broke down in a workout on the Belmont Park main track Nov. 14 and was euthanized, according to a statement released by the New York Racing Association.... Read More

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Pluck Scores BC Juvenile Turf; Rough Sailing Euthanized

November 06, 2010

Team Valor International's Pluck won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf by one length Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.... Read More

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Penn Vet Receives Gift for State-of-the-Art Equine Surgical Suite

October 23, 2010

The University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center has received a $1 million leadership gift from Gail Riepe of Cockeysville, Md., toward the $17 million required to build a state-of-the-art equine surgical suite at the George D. Widener Ho... Read More

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Horse Kick Victim Develops Rare Disease

October 02, 2010

A 79-year-old man who managed an animal sanctuary in England was trampled by his horses. He suffered cuts and bruises but otherwise seemed relatively unscathed. A week later, however, he was taken to the hospital because he was confused, feve... Read More

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WEG: Veterinary Update on Eventing Horses after Cross Country

October 02, 2010

In addition to the injury suffered by Italian eventing horse Iman du Golfe today during the Cross-Country phase of the Eventing World Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, two more horses ... Read More

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Stem Cell Harvesting Methods Considered

October 01, 2010

There currently is much hype and hope pertaining to stem cell therapy in equine medicine, but not all methods of collecting stem cells are created equal, warn researchers from the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Montreal, Canada.... Read More

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Stringhalt in Horses

October 01, 2010

Stringhalt seems to make horses yank their legs up and halt them there momentarily before taking their next step. This is the outward sign of neurologic disease, sometimes caused by toxicity, sometimes of unknown origin.... Read More

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WEG: A Few Health Incidents at the Start

September 26, 2010

Full recoveries expected, says a World Equestrian Games veterinarian. A. Kent Allen, DVM, the chief veterinary-services coordinator for WEG, gave away one of the horse-health-related... Read More

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Embryonic Stem Cells for Tendon Injuries in Horses Examined

September 23, 2010

Stem cell therapy for tendon injuries is used increasingly in clinical practice, yet a number of important hurdles persist that made one group of researchers look at using embryonic stem cells rather than bone marrow-derived stem cells in horses.... Read More

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Leading Sprinter Majesticperfection Injured

September 06, 2010

Leading Thoroughbred sprinter Majesticperfection suffered a condylar fracture in his right foreleg during a workout Sept. 6, according to Daily Racing Form. The Form said the injury to the 4-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday, trained by Stev... Read More

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Waiting for the Veterinarian

September 01, 2010

Tips on how to help your sick or injured horse until the veterinarian arrives. ... Read More

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New Kentucky Equine Networking Association Kicks Off Sept. 16

August 21, 2010

The Kentucky Equine Networking Association (KENA), open to both equine professionals and horse owners, will launch at a dinner and educational meeting on Sept. 16 at Spindletop Hall in Lexington, Ky. The new group, focused on the Ken... Read More

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Tendon Injuries Could Be Explained By New Research Results

June 30, 2010

Two novel discoveries about how different types of tendons age and "refresh" themselves made by researchers from University College London in the United Kingdom help explain why aging horses are atrisk for tendon injury. ... Read More

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Horse Racing Injury Data Shows Familiarity Across All Surfaces

June 28, 2010

An initial analysis of equine injury data released earlier this year shows no statistically significant difference in the risk of fatalities in Thoroughbreds on different racing surfaces, officials said June 28 during the third Welfare and Safety of ... Read More

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Lame Horses Use Muscles Differently, Study Shows

June 24, 2010

When people sprain an ankle, they tend to put all their weight on the other foot to compensate. Horses respond similarly to lameness, using sound muscles to compensate for the injury, according to a new study. This means that lameness affects ... Read More

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Thoroughbred I Want Revenge Recovering Well from Ligament Injury

June 17, 2010

When I Want Revenge came into the Aqueduct barn of Rick Dutrow Jr., in April, the trainer was hopeful but not overly optimistic the colt would be anything like he was before the injury that cost him about a year of training and nearly ended his... Read More