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Thoroughbred Breeders Look Out for an Old Friend

March 17, 2005

When Patricia and Richard Lenihan sold a horse they bred along with a partner at a 1998 2-year-old sale at Timonium for $80,000, they never forgot about the colt who would be named Holmdel. They watched with delight as he finished third in the... Read More

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Nineteen Horses Test Positive for Possible Strangles

March 17, 2005

Initial test results show that 19 horses have tested positive for possible strangles infection at the Trackside training center in Louisville, Ky., according to information provided by Churchill Downs.

In all, 49 horses--43 Thoroughbreds... Read More

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Breeding Mares on Foal Heat

March 16, 2005

Breeding on foal heat (the first heat period after parturition) has long been a practice that some horse owners love and others hate. Foal heat breeding begins five to 12 days postpartum, with most ovulations less than 20 days postpartum.... Read More

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Ocular Emergencies

March 16, 2005

Observe the eye with the aid of a penlight or other light source. Evidence of pain is a clear symptom of most ocular diseases. However, sometimes it is not the first sign, so paying some attention to the eye and becoming familiar with what looks norm... Read More

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Forelimb Conformation and the Thoroughbred Racehorse

March 15, 2005

"What is the relationship between conformation and performance, and what can we do to impact it?" These questions have been asked by those focused on performance in many species, and they were the focus of one presentation by Liz Santschi, DVM,... Read More

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Filly Helped by "Equine Walker" Recovering Nicely

March 14, 2005

An "equine walker" that was designed and built in 24 hours by a caring veterinarian and a skilled blacksmith has successfully assisted a severely malnourished filly to recovery. The filly is walking on her own and recovering remarkably, says... Read More

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Precautions Taken After Trackside Strangles Case

March 14, 2005

Churchill Downs is taking precautionary measures at its Trackside training facility in Louisville, Ky., after a Thoroughbred racehorse was diagnosed with strangles, a contagious bacterial disease.

Rumors began circulating the weekend of... Read More

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Kingmambo Taken Out of Stud Duty

March 11, 2005

Prominent Thoroughbred stallion Kingmambo, who was taken out of stallion duty in late February at William S. Farish's Lane's End Farm near Versailles, Ky., because of an injured leg, will spend about three more weeks on the sidelines due to an... Read More

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Ophthalmology for Equine Road Warriors

March 11, 2005

Owners calling about horses with painful eyes or eye trauma should be told to have a dark examination area available, and to have four bales of shavings or hay ready to use as a head rest for standing surgery/diagnostics.... Read More

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Fans Celebrate John Henry's 30th Birthday

March 10, 2005

A crowd of more than 200 fans and friends of John Henry gathered Wednesday afternoon to wish the five-time Eclipse Award winner a happy 30th birthday at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington.

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DDSP Diagnosis: Study Boosts Confidence in Sound Analysis

March 10, 2005

Vibrations of the soft palate are the probable source of expiratory sounds recorded in horses with dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), says Jeremy Burn, BEng, PhD, lecturer in equine science in the department of anatomy at the... Read More

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Leptospiral Uveitis Helps Vaccine Research

March 09, 2005

Ashutosh Verma, BVSc, MVSc, graduate research assistant in the laboratory of John Timoney, BSc, MVB, MRCVS, MS, PhD, DSc, Keeneland Association Chair in Equine Science, at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center in Lexington,... Read More

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ReRun Moves to New Jersey

March 09, 2005

ReRun, Inc., the national non-profit Thoroughbred adoption group, has announced its recent incorporation in New Jersey. Originally founded in 1999 in Kentucky by Lori Neagle and Shon Wylie, ReRun has placed over 300 Thoroughbreds in adoptive... Read More

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Complications from Vaccinations

March 09, 2005

Sometimes a horse has a reaction following a vaccination. The local and whole body reaction to a number of the equine immunization products is a well-known side effect of these necessary shots. Some horses demonstrate signs of systemic illness, such ... Read More

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Attending Veterinarian Discusses "Whisper Syndrome"

March 08, 2005

The following statement was posted on the "Whisper Syndrome" message board yesterday (http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/whisper_syndrome/). It was made by Thac... Read More

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Kentucky Breed Development Incentives Almost Home

March 08, 2005

A proposal to create breeders' incentive funds and a modification of the tax on yearlings and 2-year-olds was slated for passage March 8 as part Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher's tax modernization and budget package.

The House and Senate... Read More

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Farnam/Purina Partner on New Feeding Program

March 08, 2005

On March 7, Farnam, known for its wide variety of equine products from equine dewormers to fly sprays to equipment, and Purina, one of the country's most recognized and respected manufacturers of animal feeds, announced they had become partners... Read More

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9th Edition of The Merck Veterinary Manual Released

March 07, 2005

The 9th Edition of The Merck Veterinary Manual has just been released. It is the collaborative work of more than 350 contributors and features 35 new chapters, 30 new tables, and more than 400 new pages of material, including new... Read More

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Equine Star of Seabiscuit Film Passes

March 07, 2005

His registered name was "I Two Step Too," but to thousands of people who fell in love with him, he became known as "Seabiscuit," after the movie in which he starred. I Two Step Too was euthanatized today at the Kentucky Horse Park after battling... Read More

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West Nile Virus and Other Hot Topics

March 04, 2005

"Our perennial topic this morning is West Nile virus (WNV)," began Rocky Bigbie, DVM, MS, director of field veterinary services with Fort Dodge Animal Health, at the 2005 Western Veterinary Conference held Feb. 20-24 in Las Vegas, Nev. He also... Read More

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Talk of Disease Online Sparks Concern Among Horse Owners

March 04, 2005

A flurry of interest arose this week on an Internet message board started by individuals who think their sick horses' fatal diseases are linked. As a result, veterinarians are cautioning horse owners not to jump to conclusions in diagnosing thei... Read More

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Drug Testing

March 03, 2005

Controversy over medication and drug testing has been around since organized equine competitions came into being. There has always been more disagreement than agreement among the various factions involved, and more contention than harmony. Drug... Read More

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Importing and Exporting Horses: World Travelers

March 03, 2005

With the advent of the Internet, cheaper airline travel options, and popularity of foreign breeds, more people are importing and exporting horses between countries. But whether home or abroad, purchasing or selling a horse is seldom simple.... Read More

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Fetus at Risk

March 03, 2005

When a pregnant mare develops a problem that puts her fetus at risk, what can be done? Some of these foals can be saved if the problem can be discovered early and the mare given proper treatment to reverse the condition.

Jon Palmer, VMD,... Read More

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Diarrhea in Young Foals

March 03, 2005

Infectious diarrhea in young foals can be fatal without prompt treatment, and the age of the foal can make a difference in his vulnerability to certain pathogens and how deadly they might be. In foals less than a week old, the cause is often... Read More