Horse Care

New Vocations And The Jockey Club Prep For A Thoroughbred Takeover In KY

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is preparing for its Fourth Annual All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show, which will be held Friday, Sept. 7 and Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. In addition to the two-day format, qualified exhibitors will be welcomed to The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) Championships, held on Sunday, […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: You’re Using That Thoroughbred For What?!

Thoroughbreds can excel at anything, I truly believe that. So often after racing they’re asked to perform over jumps on the cross-country course, in the dressage ring or on the polo field. They enjoy having a job and a routine, and time and time again they prove to be incredibly adaptable to new challenges and […]

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‘Incredibly Balanced’ Ring Weekend Transitioning Well To New Career

West Point Thoroughbreds’ Ring Weekend last raced on June 30, and his since been transitioning to a new off-the-track career under Olympian Phillip Dutton. Dutton’s Facebook page posted an update on Tuesday, showing the 7-year-old gelded son of Tapit jumping some small jumps in the outdoor arena. “We are thrilled with how well Ring Weekend is […]

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Cooling Out On The Track: Science Says You May Be Doing It Wrong

For longer than anyone can remember, horsemen have been warned that watering off a hot horse too quickly can be dangerous. In his classic how-to manual Training Thoroughbred Horses published in 1953, Racing Hall of Fame trainer Preston Burch wrote: “A horse is very easily foundered by too much water or feed at this time […]

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Though She Be But Little: Thoroughbred Mare Wins National Pony Championship

The story is unlikely in so many ways: a first-time competitor at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Jumper Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington won the title aboard a 14.1 5/8-hand Thoroughbred who technically qualified as a pony. The Girl Next Door (A. P. Jet—Brook Serenade, Montbrook) is 15 years old […]

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Do Horses Try To Tell Us When They’re Lame?

A recent study assessed how accurately veterinarians can identify pain in ridden horses. Led by Dr. Sue Dyson, the Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Centre for Equine Studies at the Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, the vets used a set of 24 behaviors (called an ethogram) to asses pain responses in horses while they […]

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Universal Equine Microchip Look-Up Tool Spearheaded By American Horse Council

Through the American Horse Council’s (AHC) work with the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Animal Health Association, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and various equine organizations, we have identified the need for a universal equine microchip look-up tool to coordinate and streamline horse identification across multiple […]

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‘Still A Warrior’: Lava Man’s Recovery From Colic Surgery Progressing Well

Among the thousands in attendance in the first weeks of Del Mar’s 79th summer season was an old, familiar face. Fourteen years prior, during the track’s 65th summer season, a dark bay Thoroughbred gelding with a star, a stripe and a blaze on his head finished second, beaten by four lengths in the first race […]

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AHP Survey Shows Economic Stability For Horse Owners, Changes In Management Practices

American Horse Publications (AHP) conducted its fourth online nationwide equine industry survey sponsored by Zoetis from January 22, 2018, through April 1, 2018. The survey’s three main objectives are: to gauge participation trends and management practices in the U.S. equine industry; to identify critical issues facing the equine industry as perceived by those who own […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: For The Love Of Smarty Jones And Shackleford

It was 2011 when Susan Harmon joined the Facebook community. What drove her to do so wasn’t to reconnect with childhood friends or keep a public journal of her day-to-day happenings, but rather to follow the on-track exploits of the sport’s top horses and keep up with the progeny of sires.  It wasn’t long before […]

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