Horse Care

Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: A ‘Passport’ To A Second Career

There’s no doubt about it, Brookline was bred for greatness. Out of the iconic broodmare Cara Rafaela, a Grade 1 winner herself who produced the likes of superstar sire Bernardini, Brookline had some big shoes to fill. It was at Margaux Farm, a Thoroughbred training center located in Midway, Ky., that farm trainer Dermot Littlefield […]

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Social Media, Contracts, And Impulse Buys: Navigating The Modern Landscape Of OTTB Adoption And Sale

As the off-track Thoroughbred grows in popularity, more people than ever are processing adoptions of OTTBs from non-profit groups or looking to sell privately-owned project horses. With that increase in volume come some challenges for profit and non-profit outlets to make sure horses are rehomed responsibly, and for nonprofits to decide what types of horses […]

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Basic Components Of A Horse Hay Analysis

Hay is the main source of forage for many horses, especially if pasture is insufficient or not available. “Because hay often makes up such an important part of the diet, its nutritional value should be considered. A basic forage analysis can help horse owners and managers adjust concentrates and supplements based on the nutritional value […]

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Racetrack Injuries: Which Ones Pose Problems In An OTTB’s Second Career?

For a long time now, the biggest selling point for a horse coming off the track (or just about any horse) looking for a new home is, “Retired sound!” Unfortunately, many off-track Thoroughbreds come away with some physical issues, whether or not they were serious enough to necessitate the end of their racing careers. A […]

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The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation To Host A “Maryland Friends of TRF – Day At The Races”

On Sunday, October 21, the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will host a “Maryland Friends of the TRF – Day at the Races” at Laurel Park to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the world’s oldest and largest Thoroughbred rescue organization and the success of the TRF Second Chances Program located at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility […]

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Horse Owners Should Test Natural Water Sources For Iron

Iron plays important roles in the horse’s body, including oxygen transport and cellular respiration, which produces the energy expended by horses during exercise. Too little iron leaves horses dull and lethargic, whereas too much can build up in the body. “Excess dietary iron ultimately accumulates in the liver and certain types of blood cells. Abnormal accumulation of any mineral […]

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Chew On This: Equine Licking Motion Not Necessarily A Sign Of Submission

Many horse owners and handlers have been taught that a horse making licking and chewing motions is showing submission to his handler or to an alpha horse. However, a new study suggests that a horse that makes these motions while not eating is actually showing signs of stress. Scientists Margrete Lie and Professor Ruth Newberry, […]

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Rood And Riddle Announces Equine Reproduction Meeting Named In Honor Of LeBlanc

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital is pleased to announce it will be hosting a meeting of many of North America’s leading veterinary college equine reproduction specialists and their residents on October 24th and 25th this year. This meeting is being called the LeBlanc Equine Theriogenology Collaborative Exchange, to honor Dr. Michelle LeBlanc. Dr. LeBlanc, who passed away […]

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Songbird, Arrogate Halters Raffled To Benefit Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Retirement

The Pennsylvania Thoroughbred Horseman’s Association’s Turning for Home is raffling two Champion Thoroughbred racehorse halters worn by Songbird and Arrogate, on Breeders’ Cup Day Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 3 PM in the Parx Racing grandstand. All proceeds will directly benefit the retiring racehorses of Turning for Home, which is based at Parx Racing. In […]

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New Calendar Celebrates Secretariat’s Last Living Offspring, Benefits Horse Welfare Groups

A new 2019 calendar features the last living sons and daughters of legendary 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat. The first calendar in this series, released last winter for 2018, was quite successful, raising more than $4,600 for the equine industry groups it benefits despite the late December launch. “We were very happy with the support […]

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