Natalie Voss

Assessing A New OTTB: Veterinary Considerations

The movement of veterinary records from one trainer to another on the racetrack has recently become part of the discussion around improved racetrack safety. Many believe that informing the next horseman in a horse’s life about its previous treatments, illnesses and injuries is paramount to the welfare of the horse. Legal considerations make this tricky, […]

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Aftercare Should Not Be An Afterthought: Solutions For The Future

This is the conclusion of our three-part series on the state of Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Depending on the day, working in Thoroughbred aftercare can feel especially impactful or incredibly futile. On one hand, horse racing has accomplished so much in a short amount of time in […]

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Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade’s evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It’s easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news sections on trade publication websites and feel pretty good about the state of Thoroughbred retirement and rehoming. It seems groups […]

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Study Finds Statistical Relationship Between Pre-Race Bute And Injury In South American Runners

A study that will be published in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) has found a statistical relationship between pre-race phenylbutazone administration and the risk of injury or breakdown in South American racehorses.  Research conducted by Dr. Teresita Zambruno at the University of Glasgow examined 500,000 starts […]

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A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of horses retiring from racing for years. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched in 1983, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992, Thoroughbred Charities of […]

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What’s Different This Time? Racing History Shows An Evolution Of Attitudes About Fatal Injuries

In 1993, just ahead of that year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, the Associated Press published a headline that could just as easily have been written this year: “Breeders’ Cup officials hoping for safety.” A short item from writer Ed Schuyler Jr. detailed the organization’s response to a series of five high profile equine […]

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Bramlage Investigation On Mongolian Groom, Breeders’ Cup Safety Protocols Well Underway

An investigation by Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital’s Dr. Larry Bramlage into the circumstances of Breeders’ Cup Classic contender Mongolian Groom’s fatal injury is well underway. The Breeders’ Cup board contracted Bramlage to review not only the pre-race condition and injury of Mongolian Groom, but the organization’s pre-race safety protocols as a whole. A source […]

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Updated: USEF Temporarily Suspends Maria Borell After Learning Of Active Animal Cruelty Warrant

Breeders’ Cup Sprint winning trainer Maria Borell, who in 2016 was implicated in a mass animal cruelty case, has been suspended from her membership at the U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF).  Borell, who has an active warrant in Mercer County, Ky., for 43 counts of second degree animal cruelty, began competing this summer in hunter shows […]

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After PETA Scandal, West Virginia Tracks And Horsemen Making Plans To Institute Necropsy Program By January 2020

West Virginia’s racing commissioners reacted with horror and outrage to a series of photos distributed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) several weeks ago, and vowed that change would be coming as a result.  PETA published a set of photographs taken by an unnamed whistleblower which appeared to show the body […]

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Breeders’ Cup Mum On Mongolian Groom’s Exam History

If you’re looking for details on the veterinary exam history of Breeders’ Cup Classic runner Mongolian Groom, who was fatally injured in the Santa Anita stretch on Nov. 2, you’re not going to get them any time soon. The horse, who suffered multiple fractures of the lower part of his left hind cannon and upper […]

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