Horse Care

Winter Feeding Woes

Cold temperatures make feeding horses properly a bit more challenging as the horses can’t graze all day like they may be used to. Instead, many horses are switched to a diet comprised mainly of hay when temperatures drop and grass dies off. While necessary, this change in diet can increase the likelihood that a horse […]

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EHV-1 Confirmed At Turf Paradise, One Barn Quarantined

The Equine Disease Communication Center released the following alert Monday: The Arizona Department of Agriculture confirmed Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHV-1: wild strain) in a horse at Turf Paradise in Maricopa county. The horse presented with neurologic signs on February 8,2018 and was moved to a referral hospital.  One barn at the racetrack has been quarantined while […]

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Some Like It Cold: Using Cryotherapy To Avoid Laminitis In Horses

A sudden increase in carbohydrates—either by accidentally ingesting large amounts of concentrates or overindulging in lush pastures—can contribute to the onset of laminitis. As such, horse owners go out of their way to limit carbohydrates. Other causes of laminitis can’t be avoided as easily. Take, for example, supporting-limb laminitis that occurs following an injury in one limb. “The nutritional […]

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Study Shows Total Rest May Increase Odds Of Breakdown In At-Risk Racehorses

Joint surface collapse in horses is a degenerative condition that can result from stress fractures (also called bone fatigue) from repeated loading of the legs. While many trainers rest horses suffering from bone fatigue, a complete stop of exercise may not be the answer—in fact, it can even exacerbate the chance of catastrophic breakdown, reports […]

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EHV-1 Quarantine Released At Portland Meadows; Lone Affected Horse Recovers, Tests Negative

The Equine Disease Communication Center released the following alert from the Oregon Department of Agriculture on Feb. 10: The Oregon Department of Agriculture has released the quarantine for the wild type EHV-1 positive horse at the Portland Meadows racetrack.  The affected horse has made an impressive recovery and now tests negative for EHV-1. Originally reported on […]

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Advice For First-Time Thoroughbred Makeover Competitors

Last week it was announced that nearly 800 equestrians were accepted into the Retired Racehorse Project’s 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover and will compete on a retired racehorse with 10 months or less of post-race training for their share of the more than $100,000 in available prize money. With less than a third of the entries for […]

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New Louisiana-Bred Award To Be Offered At 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover

The Retired Racehorse Project (RRP) announced today that a new special award will be offered at the 2018 Thoroughbred Makeover, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America and taking place Oct. 4-7 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association (LTBA) is sponsoring a $2,500 cash prize for the top-placed Louisiana-bred at the competition. Ten Louisiana-breds […]

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Over 500 Retired Racehorses Helped By New Vocations In 2017

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program had 398 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses go through the program in 2017, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Additionally, 125 horses remained in the program throughout the new year transition, receiving rehabilitative care or transitional training with hopes of placement in 2018. New Vocations received 976 applications […]

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Pennsylvania EHV-1 Update: The Meadows Suspends Racing, New Bolton Resumes Normal Operations

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture released the following updates on EHV-1 outbreaks at The Meadows and New Bolton Center late Thursday: Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture veterinarians have now posted official quarantines for seven barns at The Meadows Racetrack and Casino in Washington County (harness racing track). To date, two EHM cases and four additional confirmed EHV-1 […]

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Hogan To Racing Industry: If We Don’t Change, It’s Going To Be Changed For Us

New Jersey-based veterinarian Dr. Patty Hogan gave a 75-minute presentation titled “Injuries in Racehorses” to 60-70 members of the MidAtlantic horseracing industry this week. Hogan explained to the audience that she sees nearly 3,000 horses at her clinic annually, with the majority of them being either Thoroughbred or Standardbred racehorses. She also explained that her […]

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