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25th Retired Racehorse Adopted In New Vocations Pony Club Challenge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is halfway to its goal of rehoming 50 retiring racehorses with United States Pony Clubs members. This rehoming effort is part of the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge program. The program is a unique partnership between the nation’s oldest and largest racehorse adoption program and the United States Pony Clubs, […]

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Tranquility Farm Launches Stallion Season Auction Nov. 18

Tranquility Farm’s 2017 Benefit Stallion Season Auction will take place from Nov. 18 through Nov. 21. Season offerings include Acclamation, Curlin to Mischief, Surf Cat, Vronsky, Einstein, Daddy Nose Best, Misremembered, Haynesfield, and others. A complete list of seasons offered and Pacific Time auction hours can be found on the home page of Tranquility Farm’s website […]

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Botulism No Match For Thoroughbred Filly Bucks Some

Dr. Mike Chovanes’s phone rang, piercing through the quiet morning. It was 6:15 am. The 1980 Penn Vet alumnus answered, his stomach twisting at the news trickling from the other end of the line. His homebred 2-year-old Thoroughbred filly, Bucks Some, was down and unable to rise, trapped in her stall. As a veterinarian himself, […]

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Shelters for Horses: Why They Might Not Use Them

Equine experts recommend that horses have access to shelter to protect them from inclement weather. But if you’ve ever passed a field of horses in the dead of winter or the scorching heat, even if they have access to shelter, they often don’t seem to use it. A recent review article* on the use of shade by horses reinforced the […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: ‘So Much To Offer’ Well Beyond Racing

The best teachers are those whose lessons not only stick, they last a lifetime. They have wisdom to share and they convey it in a way that’s easy to receive, often simplifying what might otherwise be complicated or overwhelming. For former polo player and current CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association, Eric […]

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Unwanted Horse Coalition Publishes Estate Planning Guide

The Unwanted Horse Coalition (UHC) is pleased to announce a new publication, “Estate Planning: A Guide for Equine Owners,” is now available. “Unfortunately, the UHC receives quite a few calls about horses whose owners have passed away, and the next of kin or friend is unsure what exactly to do with the horse, or even […]

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Study Suggests Furosemide Creates Lingering Sodium Imbalance Horses Struggle To Correct

Few racehorses compete without furosemide, a diuretic known commercially as Lasix, to reduce bleeding in the lungs, or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH). Horsemen and armchair veterinarians alike have questioned whether horses suffer a long-term impact from repeated dosing of furosemide. Furosemide causes horses to lose sodium, and they might not be able to make up […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian: When To Shoe, When To Operate On A Weanling’s Conformation Issue

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. Email us at [email protected] if you have a question for a veterinarian. QUESTION: “I’ve got a weanling who’s got a mild to moderate conformation issue in the knees or ankles. How do I decide whether […]

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OTTB Teams With Hawk In New Career … Yes, A Hawk

Not every Thoroughbred, no matter how strong its bloodlines, is destined to become a top-class racehorse. Even for successful horses, racing careers can be short. Godolphin’s rehoming and retraining programme finds ex-racehorses new homes and new careers. With a little retraining, a Thoroughbred can make a perfect mount for many different equine disciplines — eventing, […]

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How To Care For Older Horses As Temperatures Drop

As horses age, they often need additional support and attention in order to maintain their weight, comfort and overall health through the cold winter months. Dr. Luke Fallon of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute spoke with US Equestrian about the steps horse owners can take to keep their senior horses healthy and in good weight this […]

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