Recent News for Injuries & Wounds


Preakness: Gasps and Disbelief Give Way to Hope, Prayers

May 20, 2006

The gasps that rose from the record crowd gathered for Saturday's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) at Pimlico Race Course told the story. There eventually was a winner, but even his connections were thinking about the injury to heavily favored Barbaro,... Read More


Lawyer Ron Back at Churchill After Surgery

May 16, 2006

Grade II winner Lawyer Ron, who ran unplaced in the Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), has been returned to trainer Bob Holthus at Churchill Downs following surgery to remove bone chips.... Read More


Lawyer Ron to Miss Preakness; To Have Chip Removed

May 11, 2006

Lawyer Ron is scheduled to have a small chip removed from his right, hind ankle May 12 at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. The surgery, to be performed by Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, will force the son of Langfuhr to... Read More


Sharp Humor Sidelined With Chip Knee Fracture

May 10, 2006

Purdedel and WinStar Stable's Sharp Humor has been diagnosed with a small fracture of the left knee which will knock him off the Triple Crown trail.

The 3-year-old New York-bred son of Distorted Humor is scheduled to undergo surgery... Read More


Hematomas in Horses

May 01, 2006

What exactly happens the minute after the direct trauma (like a kick or a collision)? How does the blood pool?... Read More


10 Horses, Five Dogs Shot Near Pensacola

April 25, 2006

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An April 17 shooting on a Florida farm left seven horses dead... Read More


Jockey Injured After Colt Wins Forerunner

April 21, 2006

Two-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez remained hospitalized Thursday evening (April 20) following a nasty spill in Keeneland's feature race, the Forerunner Stakes. The incident occurred when Velazquez's mount, Up an Octave, broke... Read More


Kentucky Issues Advisory on Naproxen Use

April 20, 2006

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council has recommended horsemen discontinue the use of naproxen at least five days before a horse is scheduled to run to avoid facing a penalty if the horse tests positive for the drug on race... Read More


Racing Surface Drawing Rave Reviews From Horsemen

April 12, 2006

Lone Star Park's main track is in its best condition ever, according to several horsemen who have been stabled in Grand Prairie, Texas for several weeks.

The 10th annual 66-date Spring Thoroughbred Season commences Thursday night at 6:35... Read More


National Farriers Week Honors Horseshoers' Efforts

April 11, 2006

Without the dedicated and valuable work of horseshoers, horse owners would be in trouble.

It's like the old adage in the farrier industry: No hoof, no horse. Thousands of hard-working horseshoers keep the animals healthy, comfortable,... Read More


Regenerative Medicine Center

April 07, 2006

The Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) in Prince Edward Island, Canada, recently received funding from a new provincial research and development program to establish a center of excellence for equine bone, tendon, and ligament repair. This will... Read More


Recovering from Sesamoiditis

April 01, 2006

Q: Two weeks after my sister bought a 10-year-old gelding, he started head-bobbing at the trot. Many veterinary exams, farrier visits, and six months later, we found sesamoid problems on both forelimbs. Can the sesamoid bones be... Read More


Interval Training: A Better Option for Racehorses?

March 28, 2006

Musculoskeletal injury is the main cause of wastage in Thoroughbred racehorses worldwide, with nearly 30% of all fractures being pelvic and tibial stress fractures. Studies in California in the late 1990s suggested fast work increased the risk o... Read More


Texas Fires Kill Thousands of Animals

March 22, 2006

Quenching rains last weekend slowed the progress of Texas panhandle fires that consumed more than 800,000 acres of land and killed an estimated 10,000 head of livestock in less than a week. At least 30 horses in the McLean area of Texas succumbe... Read More


Helping Horses & Horse Owners Affected by Katrina and Rita

March 08, 2006

Help horse-owning Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims by contributing to groups earmarking funds.... Read More


The Equine Eye: Ocular Emergencies (Book Excerpt)

March 01, 2006

Well before an ocular emergency occurs, you should familiarize yourself with the easily visible outer structures of a horse's eye. Observe the eye with the aid of a penlight or other light source. Evidence of pain is a clear symptom of most ocular... Read More


AAEP Convention 2005: How to Use a Head and Tail Rope for Recovery

February 17, 2006

Recovery from anesthesia after surgery can be a dangerous time for a horse as he struggles to his feet upon waking, often disoriented by unfamiliar surroundings and lingering incoordination. One way to help decrease injuries or re-injuries from... Read More


AAEP Convention 2005: Horseman's Day Wound Management

February 17, 2006

The first sight of blood can prompt a frantic call to the veterinarian, but a second examination of the wound with a cool head might prove it to be less of an emergency. To help horse owners distinguish between emergencies and a wound that... Read More


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


AAEP Convention 2005: Tendon injuries: New Treatments

February 17, 2006

Injuries to the superficial digital flexor tendon account for as much as 30% of all Thoroughbred racing injuries, and of those that do heal there is a high incidence of reoccurrence, according to Linda Dahlgren, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of... Read More


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


AAEP Convention 2005: Three Years of Racing Deaths in Victoria, Australia

February 16, 2006

A comprehensive post-mortem survey in Victoria, Australia, found that euthanasia for catastrophic forelimb injury was the most common cause of Thoroughbred racehorse fatality. Additionally, Lisa Boden, AB, BVSc, MACVS, of The University of... Read More


First Aid for Horses: Knowing Normal from Abnormal

February 15, 2006

For horse owners and others who care for horses, recognizing the differences between what is normal and what is abnormal about them forms the basic foundation for good animal husbandry and veterinary medicine. Using your powers of observation can be ... Read More


Being Prepared for Emergencies (Book Excerpt)

January 18, 2006

The best way to prepare for emergencies is to try to prevent them. Perhaps the best approach to first aid is to minimize the risk of accidents, injuries, and disease. Sometimes we do foolish things with, and to, our horses. ... Read More


Banamine IM Injections: More Than a Pain in the Neck

January 11, 2006

IM injections in horses are fairly easy to administer, and many horse owners find this route convenient, especially when a veterinarian is not available to give an intravenous shot. Vaccines, hyaluronic acid products, some antibiotics, sedatives, vit... Read More