Horse Care

Centennial Farms Sponsoring TAA’s ‘Best Turned Out Horse Awards’ On Pegasus Day

Centennial Farms will again sponsor the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Best Turned Out Horse Awards during the Pegasus World Cup Invitational Card Jan. 25, 2020 at Gulfstream Park. Centennial Farms, an ownership group with more than 30 years of experience operating elite Thoroughbred racing partnerships, will sponsor the cash prize and gift bag to be given […]

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Chill Out: Cold Plasma A Cutting-Edge Tool In Vet Medicine

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine’s assistant professor and veterinary dermatologist Ramón Almela has begun using cold plasma on superficial skin infections, benign skin growths and chronic wounds in animals as diverse as horses, dogs and cats to birds and exotic animals. Plasma, an ionized gas, makes up nearly 99 percent of the universe. Though typically […]

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Is An Ounce Of Prevention Really Worth It? An Equine Vet Weighs In

There are a plethora of products and services on the equestrian market designed to keep horses healthy, preventing maladies and illnesses. However, Dr. Ramey, a Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine graduate and respected equine veterinarian, notes that more preventative medicine is not always best in the horse world. There are items on the […]

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Horses Fed On Inconsistent Schedules Suffer Consequences

Horses rapidly get accustomed to being fed at specific times of day, and not receiving feed in a timely manner can make them more than just grumpy—it can be a recipe for stress that compromises equine welfare, reports The Horse. Dr. Manja Zupan of the Biotechnical Faculty in the Department of Animal Science at the […]

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Patch, 2017 Kentucky Derby Contender, Arrives At Old Friends

Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement facility based in Georgetown, KY, welcomed 2017 Kentucky Derby contender and graded-stakes-placed Patch. The son of Union Rags out of the A. P. Indy mare Windyindy, Patch was donated to the non-profit organization by owner Calumet Farm following his three-season racing career. His last start was in the Birdstone Stakes […]

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When Is ‘Natural’ Horse Care Not Natural?

The terms “natural” and “organic” are used in a variety of applications, including both the human and equine worlds. While items using the term “organic” are regulated by government agencies, those using the term “natural” are not, so care should be taken by horse owners when buying or prescribing to anything using this term. Horses […]

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Horses Look To Humans For Cues On How To React

Horses take emotional cues from their handlers when they’re exposed to new objects, a German study has found. Though dogs and cats have been known to use emotional information from humans to guide their behavior in unfamiliar situations, it was not clear if other domestic animals show the same aptitude. Drs. Anne Schrimpf, Marie-Sophie Single […]

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Study Of 10,000 Genomes Suggests Thoroughbred Inbreeding Is ‘Akin To Global Warming’

New research by scientists at University College Dublin and equine science company Plusvital has established that there has been a significant rise in inbreeding levels in the global thoroughbred population over the last 45 years. The research, published this week in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Reports, analysed the genomes of over 10,000 Thoroughbreds, the largest […]

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Study Shows Stem Cell Regenerative Potential Diminishes With Age

Stem cells removed from the fat tissue of middle-aged and older horses may not be as effective in regenerating damaged cartilage and ligaments, a new study from Poland shows. Adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) are promising tools to treat disorders in the spinal cord, bone, cartilage and several metabolic disorders in both humans and horses. Drs. […]

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Phosphorus Runoff A Concern In Equine Manure Management

Proper manure management is of critical concern to keep the environment surrounding horse farms healthy; runoff is a dire concern as it can contaminate waterways for miles. Phosphorous contamination of waterways has become a concern as horses excrete excess phosphorous through their manure; manure in pastures and paddocks are hot spots for manure runoff, reports […]

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