Horse Care

Kentucky Racing Commission Funding Two-Year Research Project On Inflammatory Biomarkers

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission recently voted unanimously to fund a project at the University of Kentucky Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center examining inflammatory and anti-inflammatory markers as early indicators for potential catastrophic (life-ending) injury in racehorses. The occurrence of injuries in horses and jockeys during training and racing is a significant economic and welfare concern […]

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What Makes A Helmet Safe?

Gone are the days of simple hard plastic with a velveteen outer layer. Nowadays, helmets are held to a much higher standard of safety testing. They’re more aerodynamic and better padded, without adding extra weight, and they are stylish so riders will want to wear them. The safety of every ride is the main goal […]

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Wade On In: Hock Height Water Best For Equine Backs

Water treadmills have been used in the equine world for years, both as a training method and as rehabilitation therapy. They are especially useful for horses that experience back pain as they can still be exercised without a rider aboard. While treadmills are often used, there is no set protocol for how they should be […]

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Pennsylvania Breeders Fund ‘Revolutionary Research’ To Detect Gene Doping

The Pennsylvania Horse Breeders Association presented a check for $300,000 to the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center’s Equine Pharmacology Laboratory Friday, allowing researchers there to embark on “revolutionary research to detect gene doping,” according to officials at UPenn. Gene doping has been a hot topic among integrity watchdogs in the human athletics world for […]

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Announces Graduate Awards At Five Horse Shows

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will present awards honoring the highest-placing TAA graduates and the TAA-accredited organizations affiliated with those horses at five Thoroughbred horse shows this fall. The horse shows include: the New Vocations All-Thoroughbred Charity Show and T.I.P. Championships Sept. 7-9 at the Kentucky Horse Park; the Fair Hill Thoroughbred Show Sept. 22-23 at Fair Hill Natural Resources […]

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Florida Surgeons Perform Successful Hip Surgery On Miniature Horse

A miniature horse in Florida was the recipient of a surgery normally reserved for canines: a femoral head ostectomy. “Rico” dislocated his right hip in a field last year and was referred to the University of Florida Large Animal Hospital. While this type of injury is unusual in equines, Rico had size on his side: […]

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Tongue Ties: Humane And Effective, But Only When Used Correctly

The tongue tie is a piece of equipment traditionally used on racehorses to keep them from getting their tongue over the bit and to give the rider better control. Tongue ties are also intended to prevent is dorsal displacement of the soft palate (DDSP), commonly called “flipping the palate,” which interferes with breathing. A tongue […]

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Science Supports Slow, Steady Weaning Of Foals

Ask ten breeders how they wean foals and you may receive ten different responses. How a foal is weaned can greatly affect short- and long-term health, according to a new study*. “In feral horse populations, foals aren’t weaned until they’re almost one year of age, when the mare is about to foal again. The process […]

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Genuine Reward, One Of Last Offspring Of Genuine Risk, Euthanized At 25

Genuine Reward, one of the only living offspring of Kentucky Derby winning-filly Genuine Risk, was euthanized today at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility in Georgetown, KY., where he had been pensioned since 2015. The stallion was 25. Genuine Reward never raced due to numerous health issues, but began a stud career at Meadowville Farm […]

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TAA To Offer Award To Highest-Placing Graduate At Thoroughbred Makeover

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance will introduce a new award to honor the highest-placing TAA graduate and the TAA-accredited organization affiliated with that horse at the Retired Racehorse Project’s $100,000 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America. The award, which will be a $1,500 cash prize and other gifts, will be divided between the rider […]

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