Horse Care

UK Ag Equine Programs To Host 9th Annual Equine Showcase

University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs will host the 9th annual UK Equine Showcase Jan. 24-25 at the Fayette County Extension office, 1140 Harry Sykes Way in Lexington. The event will highlight the university’s equine programs and relevant industry findings with an emphasis on the foal, from birth to weaning. The event will span two […]

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Roughing It: Why Perfect Pastures Shouldn’t Be A Goal

While a perfectly level, green pasture may be the dream of many horse owners, there’s a reason why horses routinely graze only certain areas of their fields, leaving others to grow uneven grass and weeds. Dubbed “roughs,” these are sections of the pasture where horses defecate, but don’t graze. Horses shed parasites with their manure, […]

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Nine-Year-Old Grade 1 Winner Will Not Be Permitted To Run After Social Media Uproar

A situation in South Florida has raised questions about the intersection between public opinion and trainer opinion when it comes to horse welfare. Readers may remember the name of Green Gratto, who won the Grade 1 Carter in 2017 at the age of seven. He raced 12 times in the year after that win before […]

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Standing Equine PET Scan Now Ready For Clinical Use On Racehorses In Training

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging, has completed the first phase of the validation of the MILE-PET, the first positron emission tomography (PET) scanner specifically designed to image the limbs of standing horses, using light sedation, eliminating the need for anesthesia. The first phase of this study, funded […]

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Preliminary Findings From University Of Kentucky Study On Indoor Arenas Released

When University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment graduate student Staci McGill set out to learn more about the air quality of indoor horse arenas last year, she was surprised to discover there wasn’t any existing research available. So she forged the way with first-of-its-kind research, melding her passion for riding with her […]

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Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Will Award $3.4 Million In Grants

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance announced today that $3,420,000 will be awarded as grants to 74 Thoroughbred aftercare organizations that currently hold TAA accreditation. Since inception in 2012, the TAA has now awarded more than $17.2 million in grants to accredited Thoroughbred aftercare organizations. “The TAA is pleased to be able to award more than $3 […]

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Dr. Clare Card: Studying Early Embryonic Death In Horses

Dr. Claire Card, of the Western College of Veterinary Medicine Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences, has been searching her entire career for a means to avoid early embryonic death in horses. Card says that about 15 percent of equine pregnancies are lost very early on, which has a large economic impact on the equine […]

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BLM Needs 15 Years And $5 Billion To Get Wild Horse Population Under Control

The overpopulation of wild horses on federal lands has been an issue for years. There are currently over 88,000 wild horses and burros on land that has been determined to be suitable for 26,500 horses. When the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act went into effect in 1971, the goal was to stop and reverse […]

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$16,500 In Prizes For Thoroughbreds Competing In Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event

The 2019 Ocala Jockey Club 3-Day Event (OJC3DE) is offering over $16,500 in cash prizes across the four divisions for Thoroughbreds competing at this weekend’s inaugural event. The Ocala Jockey Club is the host to this world-class Eventing competition, which this year serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but it is also […]

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Marine Corps Horse Staff Sgt. Reckless Recognized For Wartime Bravery

Staff Sgt. Reckless, a Marine Corps horse that served with Camp Pendleton’s 5th Marine Regiment during the Korean War, recently received a posthumous award from the National Marine Corps League and Angels Without Wings Inc. Angels Without Wings is a nonprofit organization operated by author Robin Hutton, who launched the International War Animals Museum. Sgt. […]

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