Horse Care

Ask Your Insurer: What’s That Horse Worth?

Equine insurance experts answer your questions about insuring Thoroughbreds for the breeding and auction realms. QUESTION: How do you determine the insured value of a horse on a Full Mortality policy? BRYCE BURTON: The simplest scenario for both the policyholder and insurance carrier is when a horse is purchased at public auction, because the horse’s […]

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TRF Launches ‘Dyer Blackburn Fund’ In Honor Of Retiring Farm Manager

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) is pleased to announce the establishment of a new fund dedicated to the care of the horses that reside at the TRF Second Chances Program at Blackburn Correctional Complex in Lexington, KY, currently home to 58 rescued and retired Thoroughbred racehorses. The “Dyer Blackburn Fund” is named after longtime farm […]

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East Meets West: Adding Acupuncture To Traditional Laminitis Treatments May Help

Acupuncture used in conjunction with traditional modalities may improve results on laminitic equines, a new study shows. A painful disease of the hoof, laminitis causes the laminae that connect the interior structure of the hoof and the hoof wall to die, and potentially cause the hoof capsule to detach. Dr. Kevin May, of El Cajon […]

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IFAR Conference: We Need Better Traceability For OTTBs

The third International Forum for the Aftercare of Racehorses (IFAR), held in conjunction with the European & Mediterranean Horseracing Federation’s (EMHF) General Assembly at Øvrevoll Racetrack in Oslo, Norway, concluded May 16 with presentations on topics including the challenges regulators face when it comes to aftercare, the versatility of the Thoroughbred, an aftercare toolkit, and […]

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Pretty Sweet: Sugar And Gold Used To Detect Equine Flu

A dipstick test available in Britain can be modified to detect equine influenza, its manufacturer says. The company, Iceni Diagnostics, has a test that detects and distinguishes between human and avian flu; a slight modification will allow for the rapid, non-invasive test to be used on horses, said Chief Scientist Dr. David Russell. Co-founder of […]

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Chemotherapy A Viable Treatment For Horses With Lymphoma

Lymphoma, the most common cancer in horses, has been successfully treated with chemotherapy, a new study shows. However, nearly two-thirds of horses were affected with mild adverse effects from the chemo. Presentation of the cancer varies depending on the areas of the horse that are affected; the prognosis is also variable depending on where the […]

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Sir Barton Stakes To Benefit TAA And Man O’ War Project

The Earle I. Mack Foundation is pleased to announce that it will be the lead sponsor for the $100,000 Sir Barton Stakes, held during the 2019 Preakness Weekend at Pimlico Race Course. Taking place on May 18, the Sir Barton Stakes will benefit the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance and the Man O’War Project. The Man O’War Project is a joint […]

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Potential New Vaccine For African Horse Sickness Identified

The International Horse Sports Confederation (IHSC) is pleased to announce that significant steps have been taken towards the identification of a new vaccine for African Horse Sickness (AHS). Over the past three years, the IHSC has supported a number of research projects in collaboration with the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). These projects have […]

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Ukrainian Test May Make Invasive Blood Draws A Thing Of The Past

In news from the world of veterinary medicinal product development, the State Scientific Control Institute of Veterinary Medicinal Products and Feed Additives in Lviv, Ukraine is moving forward with an innovative research project using Mitra®microsampling devices, powered by Volumetric Absorptive Microsampling (VAMS™) technology. The laboratory has developed a quick and accurate LC-MS/MS method for measuring florfenicol, an antibiotic used […]

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Old Friends Veterinarian One Of Five Finalists For National Award

Dr. Bryan Waldridge of Park Equine Hospital near Lexington, Ky., is one of five finalists for a national veterinary award. Waldridge, who volunteers his services at Old Friends Thoroughbred retirement facility, is up for the American Hero Veterinarian Award presented by Zoetis. Waldridge has worked at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital and Kentucky Equine Research […]

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