Denise Steffanus

Farriers Say Racetrack Licensing Process Leaves Much To Be Debated

Every racing jurisdiction includes in its rules of racing the specific criteria a horseshoer must meet to obtain a racing commission license as a farrier. Passing a two-part test that consists of a written portion and a practical assessment of the farrier’s skills is necessary in most jurisdictions, although a license may be issued to […]

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Metabolic Profiling Yields Insight Into OCD

Researchers are using the complex science of metabolic profiling to determine why some young horses develop osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) while others of similar breeding and management do not. OCD is a common developmental orthopedic disease of young horses that causes lameness and affects the articular cartilage, growth plates, and cervical vertebrae (those in the neck). […]

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Barefootin’: A Healthy Choice for Soundness?

Tradition dictates that racehorses should be shod to get good traction and to protect the hoof, but some trainers believe not all horses should be shod, especially those racing on synthetic surfaces. For the past seven years, Wayne Rice has raced all but one of his 30-horse string barefoot, making an estimated 1,200 barefoot starts. […]

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GMOs In Horse Feed: Should You Be Worried?

Most of the corn and soybean that make up a modern horse’s diet are genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Corn and soybean GMOs were introduced in 1997. By 2014, 93 percent of corn, 94 percent of soybean, and 95 percent of sugar beets—staples in horse feed—produced in the United States were genetically modified. In 2011, the […]

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