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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


WEG: Veterinary Update on Eventing Horses after Cross Country

October 02, 2010

In addition to the injury suffered by Italian eventing horse Iman du Golfe today during the Cross-Country phase of the Eventing World Championships at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky, two more horses ... Read More


WEG: A Few Health Incidents at the Start

September 26, 2010

Full recoveries expected, says a World Equestrian Games veterinarian. A. Kent Allen, DVM, the chief veterinary-services coordinator for WEG, gave away one of the horse-health-related... Read More


Leading Sprinter Majesticperfection Injured

September 06, 2010

Leading Thoroughbred sprinter Majesticperfection suffered a condylar fracture in his right foreleg during a workout Sept. 6, according to Daily Racing Form. The Form said the injury to the 4-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday, trained by Stev... Read More


Waiting for the Veterinarian

September 01, 2010

Tips on how to help your sick or injured horse until the veterinarian arrives. ... 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