Horse Care

Treating A Wound Without Antibiotics? Give Debridement A Try

The concern regarding antibiotic resistance is well founded and veterinarians are searching for ways to treat wounds without these powerful drugs. Debridement, which removes necrotic tissue, is one of the easiest ways to help avoid the use of antibiotics, reports The Horse. Some debridement options include: Enzymatic debridement uses manufactured enzymes to break down the […]

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Ask Your Insurer Presented By Muirfield Insurance: Protecting Foals Before They Hit The Ground

Equine insurance experts answer your questions about insuring Thoroughbreds for the breeding and auction realms. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for an insurer. QUESTION: What options are available to insure the in-utero foals that are purchased with a broodmare at auction? BRYCE BURTON: In Utero, or Prospective Foal Insurance (PFI), can […]

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Korea Racing Authority Puts Thoroughbred Aftercare In The Spotlight

The International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR) was pleased to be invited by the Korea Racing Authority (KRA) to present a series of seminars to a broad cross section of industry stakeholders this week. Dr. Eliot Forbes, a member of IFAR’s steering group, was hosted by the KRA and led intensive workshops in […]

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Woodbine’s Jim Lawson Pledges Support For LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society

As a long time racehorse owner and CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, Jim Lawson knows how important it is to provide Ontario’s Thoroughbreds with a dignified retirement after their careers at the track are over. Lawson is a proud supporter of LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society, a charitable organization that evaluates and cares for retired racehorses and […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Equistro: A Vaccine For Lawsonia?

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbred auction yearlings, weanlings, 2-year-olds and breeding stock. QUESTION: A couple of years ago, I heard about research into a vaccine for Lawsonia. Does it work, and can I be comfortable it’s safe for my horse? DR. LAURIE METCALFE: For […]

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How To Keep Horses Safe During Temperature Swings

In their natural state, horses are quite adaptable to large temperature swings. However, when humans alter their environment or move them from one climate to another, they could have difficulty handling diverse weather. When horses are allowed to adjust gradually to temperature changes, they rarely have issues, reports The Horse. It’s the rapid swings in […]

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New Study Shows Horses Can Be Copycats

A new study from Germany suggests that horses are able to learn how to perform tasks by watching humans. Researchers Konstanze Krueger, Kira Bernauer, Hanna Kollross, Auriela Schuetz and Kate Farmer created a study that involved pressing a button to open a box, which contained pieces of carrot and an apple. The study horses were […]

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American Horse Council To Roll Out Tax Handbook 2019

The American Horse Council (AHC) is pleased to offer the 2019 edition of the AHC Tax Handbook, informing members of the horse industry about major changes brought about by landmark tax reform legislation, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) of 2017. This statute rewrites key provisions of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) impacting […]

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How Overuse Injuries Happen, And How Imaging Can Help

There is no avoiding the reality that fractures sustained while training and racing is the most pressing of the challenges facing Thoroughbred racing. Veterinarians, trainers, and their support workers at Santa Anita Park have made some dramatic improvements to their system of checks and balances and have significantly reduced their injury rates relative to their […]

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OTTB MVP Lives Up To His Name At National Horse Show

Tess Fortune wasn’t looking for a Thoroughbred when she came across MVP, a flashy red horse that had aced under the name Kit’s Captain (Orientate—Abby Girl, Meadowlake). Though Tess typically rode Warmbloods, her interest was piqued when a flyer about the gelding was dropped off at a tack shop where she worked. MVP had finished […]

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