February 17, 2010
A recent study of coffin bone (distal phalanx) fractures in foals found they were far from rare. In fact, all 20 of the Warmblood foals in the study (all foals on a particular farm in one season) had fractures at some point in their first year ... Read More
February 14, 2010
When it comes to issues affecting California racing, nothing supersedes track surfaces. While panelists at the Thoroughbred Owners of California (TOC) summit meeting Feb. 13 at Santa Anita first spoke about the failing economic model of the sta... Read More
December 06, 2009
Summer Bird, winner of the Belmont Stakes, Travers, and Jockey Club Gold Cup, underwent successful surgery to repair a nondisplaced fracture of his right fore cannon bone Dec. 4 and is expected to return to racing next year.
"As... Read More
December 01, 2009
Over the past three decades, equine surgeons have become more adept at repairing even the most devastating fractures in horses. Broken bones are no longer a guaranteed death sentence for horses. ... Read More
November 08, 2009
Thoroughbred Lillie Langtry, the beaten favorite in the Nov. 6 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, suffered a slab fracture in a knee during the race.
John Magnier of Coolmore, co-owner of the filly, was quoted in The... Read More
October 25, 2009
Tailored exercise programs involving habitual low-intensity loading during early development could reduce the prevalence of osteochondral injury later in life, said a group of veterinary orthopedic researchers.
According to the researchers,... Read More
October 09, 2009
Some of the most important factors for a successful fracture outcome are limb stabilization and first-aid.... Read More
September 25, 2009
Kona Gold, a resident of the Hall of Champions at the Kentucky Horse Park, was euthanized today after a paddock accident. The 15-year-old gelding had resided at the park since November 2007.
Cathy Roby, Hall of Champions manager, said ... Read More
September 08, 2009
The rush to improve safety since Eight Belles was euthanized at last year's Kentucky Derby did little to curb the number of horses dying at American racetracks in 2008, The Associated Press found in a national count.
Although many tracks... Read More
September 01, 2009
Discovering a bone chip in a joint does not have to mark the end of a horse's athletic career.... Read More
August 28, 2009
A necropsy report presented to the California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) Aug. 27 at Del Mar tends to support trainers who complain that synthetic tracks lead to more hind limb injuries.
In 2008, 19 Thoroughbreds from a total of 111 that died... Read More
June 27, 2009
Veterinarians at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. are cautiously optimistic that All Smiles, who broke down near the finish line of the June 20 Obeah Stakes (gr. III) at Delaware Park, will make a full recovery, the mare's owner said Jun... Read More
June 12, 2009
Dunkirk, a brave second to Summer Bird in the June 6 Belmont, continues to recuperate nicely in his stall from surgery to insert a screw in a non-displaced condylar fracture in his left rear cannon bone.
The surgery was performed June ... Read More
June 09, 2009
Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone and will undergo surgery June 9 at the brand new Ruffian Equine Medical Center... Read More
May 29, 2009
Vinery Stables' and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who was made the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after three consecutive graded stakes wins this spring, has been sidelined for a couple of months due to... Read More
May 28, 2009
Advances in screw and plate technology are leading to improved clinical and aesthetic results in the treatment of even the most complicated jaw fractures, according to Swiss researchers.
By using the new locking compression plate (LCP)... Read More
May 08, 2009
Arthroscopic surgery has become a common treatment for horses suffering lameness issues caused by bone chips in the knee. The standard rehabilitation program after that surgery involves a lot of rest.... Read More
May 02, 2009
Stormalory, a 3-year-old Thoroughbred colt, was euthanized after breaking down during the Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs May 1.
Stormalory, trained by Bill Mott and owned by... Read More
April 05, 2009
Nearly 20% of fatal musculoskeletal injuries in Thoroughbred atheletes are due to complete humeral (forearm bone) fractures, which often occur early in training or following an prolonged layup.... Read More
March 30, 2009
Supporting (also called contralateral) limb laminitis strikes a previously healthy hoof when it bears excessive weight for long periods because the other front or hind foot is extremely painful (such as from a fracture, surgery, severe infection, etc... Read More
March 26, 2009
Using a rope system to assist horses as they recover from anesthesia postoperatively, is a "valuable and safe way of controlling recovery," reported Hans Wilderjans DVM, Dipl. ECVS, from the Equine Hospital De Bosdreef in Belgium, during the 10t... Read More
March 16, 2009
Until now, most epidemiologic studies on track surface type and injury rates have been confounded by varying conditions at different track locations, said Setterbo. He presented the results of a study conducted at a single racecourse... Read More
March 13, 2009
Women aren't the only ones suffering from decreased bone density and bone mass loss--horses in Central California have experienced a systemic osteoporotic disorder. Equine bone fragility syndrome, a systemic osteoporotic (characterized by a decrease ... Read More
February 15, 2009
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