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Blindfolding Horses: Help For Neurological Diagnosis

Equine researchers* recently suggested that blindfolding horses can be a powerful tool for veterinarians when differentiating between lameness and neurological diseases resulting in abnormal gaits. According to the group of European researchers, “The ataxic horse remains a challenge, especially when the clinical signs are mild to moderate. Even experienced clinicians disagree on the subjective assessment of gait […]

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Study Suggests 1.2 Million Homes Available In U. S. For Unwanted Horses

A survey recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Animals suggests that there could be an estimated 1.2 million potential homes for unwanted horses throughout the United States. Orchestrated by a team from the American Society for the Prevention and Cruelty to Animals and headed up by animal behaviorist Dr. Emily Weiss, the survey set out […]

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Florida Woman Shares Home With Horses During Hurricane Irma

Florida horse owner Georgia Mott did whatever it took to protect her animals from Hurricane Irma this weekend, which included opening her home to her two horses, Goose and Dixie. “When you live in a house made of poured concrete, you bring all the animals inside for Hurricane Irma. The horses and 6 dogs are […]

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Study: Low Starch Diet Is Best For Ulcers, But May Not Work For Racehorses

In 1999, veterinarians and horsemen welcomed the introduction of omeprazole as a treatment for gastric ulcers in horses. The new animal drug was welcomed as an effective treatment for the estimated 60-90 percent of performance horses that suffer from gastric ulcers – a particularly common problem for on-track Thoroughbreds. But a common problem in humans […]

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Report: Hundreds Of Horses Evacuate Gulfstream, Some Staying Behind In Newer Barns

As much of the horse world keeps one eye on the approach of Hurricane Irma, a Category 4 storm as of Friday morning, the Thoroughbred Daily News reports some 750 horses have been removed from Gulfstream Park, which is in a state-mandated evacuation area. Bill Finley wrote on Thursday that a shortage of horse vans and […]

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Groom Elite Announces Horseman’s Classes For September, October

Owner Groom Elite Session II will be presented at Santa Anita September 25-29. Ten spots have been confirmed leaving six open slots, Early bird registration of $499 expires September 10 at which time regular advanced registration of $599 will apply. OGE Session II will focus on injuries, how horses bodies respond to injury and therapy […]

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Cosequin Presents Aftercare Spotlight: Applying Lessons From Harvey To Hurricane Irma

Just as Texas and Louisiana are making the transition from rescue to recovery, our friends in Florida are buckling in for the test of their lives. It has been said that when nature is at its worst, humans are at their best. If Harvey has given us anything, it is a guide of how to […]

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Hurricane Irma: KY Horse Industry Rallies To Aid Those Displaced By Storm

As another record breaking hurricane barrels down on the United States, the Kentucky Horse Council is again working with equine groups to aid horses in those affected areas. The KHC put out a call to Kentucky farms and facilities willing to take in equine evacuees and the response has been overwhelming. “We are overwhelmed by […]

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Seasonal and Gender-Related Weight Changes In Racehorses

Trainers expect body weight changes in Thoroughbreds as fitness ebbs and flows through conditioning and racing cycles, but few would anticipate fluctuations in weight based on season or sex. A recent study suggests that body weights of racehorses vary from season to season, and differences in energy metabolism might exist between sexes*. Seasonal weight changes […]

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Updated: KY Horse Park Offers Assistance To Hurricane Irma Evacuees

Editor’s note: The Park’s original announcement, made on Wednesday, opened stabling for evacuating horses for $20/stall/night. A social media announcement made Thursday afternoon indicated stabling for evacuating horses will be free. The Kentucky Horse Park has opened stabling to horses that are being evacuated from areas expected to be impacted by Hurricane Irma. 200 stalls […]

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