Recent News for Injuries

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Kentucky Derby: Archarcharch, Battle of Hastings Doing Well After Surgery

May 09, 2011

Archarcharch and Battle of Hastings, two of the horses injured during the Kentucky Derby day races at Churchill Downs, are both doing well after surgery at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. Both surgeries took place May 8.... Read More

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Kentucky Derby 2011: Animal Kingdom Victorious, Archarcharch Injured

May 07, 2011

Team Valor International's homebred Animal Kingdom came from off the pace and roared down the stretch to win the 137th Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands May 7 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Second in the classic race was Nehro with Mucho... Read More

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Cross-Country Footing: The Wet, the Dry, and the Ideal

April 29, 2011

As some of the world's top three-day event riders prepare to head out on cross-country at the 2011 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event this weekend, they'll be looking closely at the footing on which their horses will perform. With nearly two weeks of ... Read More

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CHRB Targets Equine Injury Detection, Safer Track Surfaces

April 11, 2011

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) is planning to expand its well-regarded equine postmortem examination program into part of a new racetrack injury prevention plan in conjunction with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). During a ... Read More

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Search for the Cause of Equine Atypical Myopathy

April 04, 2011

Equine atypical myopathy (EAM), a seasonal, pasture-associated muscle disorder of unknown etiology (cause), presents a particular challenge to veterinarians. The disease is characterized by a generalized complete degeneration of muscle fibers, which ... Read More

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Racehorse Euthanized After Fracturing Ankle Mid-Race

April 04, 2011

Thoroughbred racehorse Meteore was euthanized April 2 after suffering a catastrophic injury in his right lower leg in an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields in Berkeley, Calif. "Meteore sustained multiple fractures and luxation (dislocation) of his ... Read More

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Limb Amputations in Horses a Valid Consideration (AAEP 2010)

March 30, 2011

Veterinary students are often taught that dogs are three-legged animals with a spare. It might be surprising to some that the same adage is a suitable description for horses, too. "In horses where conditions exist that prevent the use of traditional ... Read More

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Equine Humerus Fractures: Conservative Treatment Can Be Successful

March 26, 2011

Horses with fractures restricted to the deltoid tuberosity on the humerus (a bony structure located near the midsection of the humerus, the bone located between the shoulder and elbow joints) can have an excellent prognosis if treated with ... Read More

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Necropsy Report: Oceana Horse Not Shot

March 04, 2011

The leg injury sustained by a horse belonging to an active service member stationed at the Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., was not caused by a gunshot, according to a necropsy report released March 2. Base Public Affairs Officer ... Read More

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Mouth Injuries in Horses

March 01, 2011

Mouth injuries can happen in any horse, whether during elite competition or in our own stables and pastures. ... Read More

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Foot Pain in Horses: Diagnosing Soft Tissue Problems (AAEP 2010)

January 29, 2011

When pain is localized to the foot but no abnormalties can be seen on radiographs (often called X rays), problems in soft tissues within the foot are often the culprit. However, imaging soft tissues in the foot to arrive at a diagnosis can be ... Read More

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Sport Horse Practice Table Topic (AAEP 2010)

January 28, 2011

The Table Topic session on Sport Horse Practice (with a focus on eventers) at the 2010 American Association of Equine Practitioners Annual Meeting, held Dec 4-8 in Baltimore, Md., was well-attended by approximately 100 people. The discussion began ... Read More

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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