Waiting for the Veterinarian

September 01, 2010

Unless a horse develops an injury or other condition with a veterinarian present, the chances of its receiving immediate veterinary care are slim. That's why it's important an owner knows how to help his or her injured horse until the veterinarian... Read More


Retraining Racehorses

June 01, 2010

Racing is a physically demanding sport, and even with the best intentions many racehorses end up with an injury that forces them into retirement from the track. Many horses, with proper treatment and time, can be rehabilitated... Read More


Derby Hopeful Endorsement Out with Leg Fracture

April 28, 2010

WinStar Farm's Endorsement has a non-displaced right front condylar fracture and will not be entered for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands.

According to Dr. Bo Landry, who radiographed Endorsement following his work, ar... Read More


Thoroughbred Tiz Chrome Breaks Down in Work; Euthanized

April 18, 2010

Tiz Chrome, a 3-year-old Bob Baffert-trained colt, broke down during a workout at Churchill Downs April 18 and had to be euthanized. Exercise rider Dana Barnes was aboard the son of Tiznow. She was not injured in the mishap.

Ac... Read More


Bone Chip Sidelines Kentucky Derby Contender

April 12, 2010

Odysseus, who finished last under Rajiv Maragh as the 5-1 co-third choice in the April 10 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes, has a bone chip in his left front knee according to owner Satish Sanan.

"It's a bit unusual, it's rare t... Read More


Fracture Types and Treatments

April 01, 2010

Of all the emergencies requiring veterinary intervention, a fracture requires some of the most intensive medical attention--from first aid, to repair, and, finally, to rehabilitation and recovery. ... Read More


Milne Lecture: The Horse's Fetlock

March 08, 2010

Orthopedics, disease and repair of the horse's fetlock joint were presented at the 2009 AAEP Convention. ... Read More


The Horse's Fetlock Joint: Injury, Disease, and Repair

March 05, 2010

The normal functions of bones, cartilage, soft tissues, and fluids within the fetlock joint--and joint disease... Read More


Broken Coffin Bones Common in Warmblood Foals

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


Race Surfaces Dominate California Summit Talk

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


Base Sesamoid Fractures (AAEP 2009)

December 16, 2009

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Summer Bird Fracture Repair a Success

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


Fracture Repair: The Ups and Downs

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


Lillie Langtry Suffers Knee Fracture

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


Foal Exercise Might Prevent Future Bone Injuries

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


Transporting Horses with Fractures

October 09, 2009

Some of the most important factors for a successful fracture outcome are limb stabilization and first-aid.... Read More


Champion Racehorse Kona Gold Euthanized

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


AP Report: Racetrack Horse Deaths Down Slightly

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


Bone Chips in Joints

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


California Report: Racehorse Hind Limb Injuries Increased

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


Racehorse All Smiles Recovering After Serious Injury

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


Dunkirk Resting Comfortably after Surgery

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


Belmont Contender Dunkirk to Undergo Fracture Repair

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


Friesan Fire Sidelined

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


Equine Jaw Fracture Repair Aided by New Technology

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