Natalie Voss

Arizona: After Spike In Equine Fatalities, Voluntary Reforms Seem Too Little Too Late

All eyes have been on California racing this week, where a recent rash of breakdowns at Santa Anita has drawn attention from national media. Overall though, California’s record on fatal injuries each year isn’t bad — the rate for the 2017-18 fiscal year finished at 1.65 per 1,000 starts, roughly equal with the national average. […]

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Embarking On A Makeover Challenge? A Few Considerations For Newbies

Earlier this month, the Retired Racehorse Project announced the acceptance of 673 trainers into its 2019 Thoroughbred Makeover competition. At this stage in the game, some of those trainers already have their Makeover horses, while others are still searching, outlining a game plan for the year (final horse registrations aren’t due until Aug. 1). While […]

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Barn Buddies Presented By Cosequin: Darby Dan’s Star Racer Has Floppy Ears

On one stormy evening last summer, a group of Darby Dan Farm employees gathered at Lexington’s Red Mile to cheer on a cherished four-legged athlete in his first race. They discussed running strategy and trained their runner to properly break from the gate. And when a herd of floppy-eared Dachshunds (a.k.a wiener dogs) came charging […]

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Spike In Corticosteroid Tests Highlights Growing Pains In New Mexico

Change is never easy, even when it’s for the better. Horsemen and officials in New Mexico have been learning that the hard way over the past few months. In June 2018, the New Mexico Racing Commission (NMRC) began a new drug testing contract with a new laboratory and, almost immediately, saw a rise in corticosteroid […]

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Equine Fatalities In Kentucky Were Up In 2018, And No One Is Quite Sure Why

Kentucky, which has traditionally tracked slightly better than the national average on race-related fatalities, closed out 2018 with a significant increase, and Kentucky Horse Racing Commission staff are stumped. Figures presented at a KHRC meeting Feb. 19 showed there were 36 fatalities in the state in 2018, compared with 20 the previous year. That figure […]

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Parker, Close Associate Of Louisiana ‘Rescue,’ Arrested For Animal Cruelty

The saga of a kill pen rescue in Louisiana continued this week with the arrest of one of its associates on multiple animal cruelty charges. Hal Parker, 60, of Haile, La., was taken into custody by the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office on the morning of Feb. 19 and has been charged with one felony count […]

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Updated: New Civil Lawsuit Filed Against Hagyard Equine Medical, Others Over Misdated Sale Radiographs

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, whose partners are already fighting a civil lawsuit over a contract dispute from three former employees, was hit with a class action suit this week – this one centering on some of its veterinarians’ practice of misdating pre-sale radiographs. Illinois-based owner/trainer Tom Swearingen is suing the hospital, individual Hagyard surgeons Drs. […]

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Renowned Surgeon Bramlage Isn’t Done Learning From His Four-Legged ‘Puzzles’

Few equine veterinarians have the clout of Dr. Larry Bramlage. In the Thoroughbred world, he is the expert eye trainers trust to get to the bottom of a horse’s difficult lameness. When he sits on a panel at a veterinary conference, the crowds frequently overflow. In his time on the NBC Triple Crown broadcasts, the […]

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Study: War Horses Aren’t More Likely To Suffer Soundness Issues In Retirement

Over the last decade, the Off-Track Thoroughbred (OTTB) has become more and more popular with amateur and professional riders of sport horses. It would seem the breed is picking up steam for a resurgence in the English disciplines, where it has been elbowed out by Warmbloods in recent years. While Thoroughbreds are gaining acceptance in […]

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Eight Hagyard Veterinarians Sign Settlement Agreements With Kentucky Board

Eight veterinarians at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute agreed to financial settlements with the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners last week, following the board’s investigation into misdating of sale radiographs by several of the hospital’s partners. Drs. Michael Hore and Michael Spirito agreed to pay $25,000 in “administrative payments” to offset the cost of the board’s […]

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