Horse Care

KY Derby Museum Ambassador Winston Announces Retirement

After spending most of his life as the tiny ambassador of the Kentucky Derby Museum, Winston is announcing his final weeks at the Museum. On Monday, March 5, 2018, Winston will head to Old Friends’ Thoroughbred Retirement Farm, where he’ll join several former Kentucky Derby champions and fellow miniature horse, Little Silver Charm. Winston came […]

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EHV-1 Quarantine Expands At Lexington’s Thoroughbred Center; Protocol Developed For Turfway Shippers

On Friday, Feb. 16, Barn 30 (in addition to Barn 3 that was quarantined earlier this week, and Barn 7 that we are using to house positive horses) at the Thoroughbred Center (TCC) in Lexington was placed under Order of Quarantine following a horse in that barn being confirmed positive for EHV-1 “wild type.”  The 3-year-old […]

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EHM Confirmed, Filly Euthanized: Belmont Park Barn Under 21-Day Quarantine

Officials at the New York Racing Association and New York State Gaming Commission received laboratory confirmation Saturday afternoon, verifying the suspect case of equine herpes myeloencephalopathy (EHM) that led to the quarantine of Barn 10 at Belmont Park late Thursday. The EHM case was confirmed through both nasal swab and blood testing on a 4-year-old filly […]

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UC Davis Reflects On California Wildfires: Lessons Learned, Smoke Inhalations Risks

Last year brought devastating wildfires to both Northern and Southern California. Thousands of horses and other animals were affected throughout the state, and UC Davis was there to assist on many levels. Veterinarians, staff, and students spent countless hours in fire zones and on-campus rescuing and caring for victims of burns and smoke inhalation, reports UC Davis […]

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Commercial Lawsonia Vaccine Soon To Be Available

Foal season will soon be upon us, and the timely subject of an age-specific equine disease should be on the minds of all breeders and foal owners. Equine proliferative enteropathy (EPE) is a transmissible intestinal disease caused by the bacteria Lawsonia intracellularis (LI), commonly known as “Lawsonia disease.” EPE usually affects horses under 1 year […]

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Newly Discovered Equine Parvovirus Can Cause Serious Liver Disease

A new parvovirus has been identified in horses that can cause life-threatening liver disease. A horse in Nebraska contracted equine serum hepatitis (liver disease), also called Theiler’s disease, after having an equine-derived tetanus antitoxin administered. He died 65 days after treatment, reports HorseTalk. Dr. Thomas Divers and colleagues identified the unknown parvovirus in the liver […]

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Excuse You: Is A Gassy Horse An Unhealthy One?

Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercials are a hit every year. An amusing one from a few years ago showed a situation most horsemen have encountered — a horse with a bad case of the farts. (For those with delicate sensibilities, we’re talking about flatulence, breaking wind, passing gas.) As the late Dr. Doug Byars, longtime head of […]

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Trainer Feedback Wanted As BHA Launches Racehorse Aftercare Survey

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that it will be launching a survey to better understand the aftercare of thoroughbreds. The voluntary survey, which asks for trainers to share their own experiences of aftercare for racehorses, forms part of ongoing work towards an overarching equine health and welfare strategy currently being developed by […]

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How Genes Play A Role In Stallions’ Attraction To Mares

Research shows that the amount of effort a stallion invests in his ejaculates, referred to as ejaculate economics, can vary based on his attraction to the mare he is intended to breed and the teaser mare. Surprisingly, that attraction can be affected by the genetics of both the mare and stallion. What makes a mare attractive […]

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No New EHV-1 Cases At Turfway Park; Barn At Thoroughbred Center Now Under Quarantine

Rusty Ford, equine operations consultant for the Office of the State Veterinarian in Kentucky, told media Wednesday there have been no new fevers or other signs of illness at Turfway Park, where one barn was placed under quarantine after a horse was euthanized due to EHV-1. Ford indicated officials will collect nasal swabs and blood […]

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