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
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
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
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
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
November 06, 2010
Team Valor International's Pluck won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf by one length Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs.... Read More
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
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
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
September 01, 2010
Tips on how to help your sick or injured horse until the veterinarian arrives. ... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
March 08, 2010
Orthopedics, disease and repair of the horse's fetlock joint were presented at the 2009 AAEP Convention. ... Read More
March 05, 2010
The normal functions of bones, cartilage, soft tissues, and fluids within the fetlock joint--and joint disease... Read More
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
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