The Horse Staff

The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care is a monthly equine publication providing the latest news and information on the health, care, welfare, and management of all equids.

Articles by The Horse Staff

TOC Presidents Caffeine Report

A report from a well-known expert that encourages the establishment of threshold levels for the declaration of caffeine positives in equine drug tests met with a polite yet uninspired reaction from the Medication Committee of Read More

Looking For Clenbuterol

Rumors have been floating across the country that trainers have found a new way to “assist” horses at winning—trans-tracheal or aerosol administration of clenbuterol. This drug is considered an adrenergic, which means it is activated by, Read More

Search Continues For Sponge Suspect

As law enforcement officials continued their search for William Michael McCandless, who was indicted Monday in connection with the sponging of horses in Kentucky in 1996 and '97, racing officials were studying betting pattern Read More

Sponging Suspect Served Time In Fanfreluche Theft

The man who was found guilty and served a prison sentence in connection with the theft of the champion mare Fanfreluche in 1977 has been charged in connection with at least three sponging incidents at Kentucky racetracks in 1996 and '97. Read More

Sponge Case Could See Federal Indictment

An indictment by a federal grand jury could be returned as soon as Monday in the Churchill Downs sponging case, according to a report by ESPN cited by the Associated Press.

ESPN reported Read More

Barns and Stalls: The Air In There

Horse owners often tend to build and manage their barns more for their own comfort than for their horses'--and horses have far greater cold tolerance than we do. What might feel chilly to us often is perfectly comfortable for our hairy friends. Read More

Lil's Lad Undergoes Successful Operation

Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) runner-up Lil's Lad underwent successful arthroscopic surgery April 14 to remove a non-displaced bone chip in his left front ankle. The routine operation on the colt wa Read More

The Horse Editor Elected KHC President

Kimberly S. Herbert, Editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care, was elected president of the Kentucky Horse Council on Feb. 17. She served as vice president for the past year, as well as headed the Communications and Public Read More

Update On Stolen Foal

A two-month-old filly stolen Monday evening from Cornerstone Stable, located off of Newtown Pike near Lexington, has not yet been found, but more information has been made available. Mike Owens, who operates Cornerstone, said a possible sighting Read More

Jury Finds Against Vets In Negligence Case

Practicing racetrack veterinarians throughout North America felt the chill of a $600,000 judgment brought on March 23 against two of their colleagues in a Southern Calif. case that centered around an antibiotic injection give Read More

Thoroughbred Mistaken Identity Case Settled

Trainer Bret Calhoun of Grand Prairie, Texas, and officials from the Keeneland sales company have reached a settlement regarding a misidentified racehorse that was sold last fall at public auction, according to reports in the Read More

Lord At War Euthanatized

Central Kentucky stallion Lord At War was euthanatized on March 29 at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee veterinary clinic near Lexington, several weeks after he injured a hind leg while attempting to cover a mare at Diane Perkins' Wimborne Farm near Paris, Read More

African Horse Sickness Detected In South Africa

African Horse Sickness (AHS) has been detected in the Western Cape of South Africa with confirmation of at least 12 horses being fatally stricken by the disease. Due to the outbreak, a ban has been placed on all horse exports Read More

Holistic Symposium Report 1998

The second annual Equine Holistic Symposium was held at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 21-22. Attendees from as far away as France assembled on the first day of spring to listen to a series of speakers whose presentations centered around the Read More

Do Genetics Affect Racing Performance?

We know some Thoroughbreds are faster than others. But why? Some are back at the knee. Some are sounder than others. Some are more susceptible to infectious diseases than others. But why?

These, and countless other questions, were Read More

USDA Relieves Oklahoma Horse Import Restrictions

The USDA has added Oklahoma to the list of states approved to receive certain mares and stallions imported into the United States from regions affected with contagious equine metritis, a serious venereal disease of Read More

Notes From California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System

  • The California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory System isolated H3N8 influenza virus demonstrating recent antigenic drift from the A2 Kentucky and Alaska influenza viruses. An influenza outbreak that started in September has continued to Read More

Four Star Course Taking Shape At Kentucky

Construction on the Cross-Country Course for the United States' first Four Star Three-Day Event to be held April 23-26 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington has progressed to the extent that Course Designer Michael Etherington-Smith, Read More

Louisiana Scholarships

The Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association (LVMA) Equine Committee has pledged nearly $25,000 to the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation over a period of three years to fund scholarships for students in veterinary school at Read More

Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Receives Donation

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club donated $173,000 to 21 charities as a result of a successful 1996 meet. Among the recipients were the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation ($15,000), the University of California-Davis Equine Research Lab Read More

The Blood-Horse Debuts Lameness Video

The Blood-Horse Inc. has released a new video "Lameness in the Horse." This is the third video in The Blood-Horse New Video Collection. Read More

Regu-Mate Studies

Two studies involving the use of altrenogest (Regu-Mate) to control behavior of stallions appeared on the surface to have contradictory results. However, there was a key difference--age of the stallions involved--tha Read More

Knox Awarded AAEP/Pony Club Scholarship

Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine student Peter Knox was awarded the 1997 American Association of Equine Practitioners/United States Pony Club (USPC) scholarship awarded to a veterinary student who has been, or is Read More

Keeneland Donates To Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation

The Keeneland Association, a non-dividend -paying corporation that holds Thoroughbred racing and auctions in Lexington, Ky., recently donated $12,500 for equine medical research. The donation was made to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Read More

Oxytocin And Maternal Recognition Of Pregnancy In Mares

It is well established that early conceptus loss (the embryo and its associated extra-embryonic membranes) is a major source of reproductive inefficiency in domestic animals. Early pregnancy in all mammals is characterized by a high fertilizatio Read More