Horse Care

TRF Star Quick Call Honored On Opening Weekend At Saratoga

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) will participate in the opening day celebrations at Saratoga Race Course on July 11, 2019 at the NYRA Community Booth.  TRF will be honoring Quick Call, a much-loved TRF retiree and herd ambassador, who was known at Saratoga as the ‘horse for the course’ and who celebrated his 35th birthday […]

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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Asked To Remove Horses From Montpelier

The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation (TRF) and the Montpelier Foundation, a nonprofit founded with the goal of transforming and stewarding James Madison’s 2,650-acre estate, have split ways–and not amicably. The Montpelier Foundation housed TRF horses on its Virginia acreage since 2003. The formal statement of the termination of the lease agreement was announced by Dennis Kernahan, […]

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G1 Winner And Pensioned Stallion Golden Snake Enjoying His Golden Years

Golden Snake, a 23-year-old stallion who was bred by Sheikh Maktoum’s Gainsborough Farm, is loving his retired life. A son of Danzig, the bay left the United States to run at Newmarket before an attempt was made to retire him to the National Stud. With minimal interest shown by breeders, Golden Snake went back into […]

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No Day At The Beach: Sand Colic In Horses

Sand colic in horses refers to abdominal pain caused from ingested sand. Sand colic can be an irritation or an impaction; a complete blockage of the gastrointestinal tract can occur if enough sand accumulates. Horses can eat sand if they’re grazing on pastures with sandy soil that clings to plant roots or if they are […]

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New Retiree, Millionaire Soi Phet Arrives At Old Friends

Old Friends today welcomed new retiree Soi Phet, the 11-year-old son of Tizbud who was pensioned following his 64th and final start on June 29 at Los Alamitos. The dark bay gelding arrived at Lexington Bluegrass Airport this afternoon via H E Tex Sutton Forwarding Co., and was vanned to Old Friends’s Georgetown, KY., farm […]

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Upcoming Study: Is A Common Cattle Parasite Responsible For Equine Abortions?

Nearly 40 percent of abortions in horses are from unknown causes, says Dr. Tracey Chenier of the Ontario Veterinary College. Beginning in September, she will be overseeing a study to determine if a parasite that causes abortion in cattle could be responsible for the same issue in broodmares. The parasite, Neospora caninum, was first identified […]

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Getah Virus Confirmed In China

China has confirmed its first equine case of Getah virus in a 17-year-old Warmblood. The horse  developed a sudden fever and diagnostic testing showed the presence of the mosquito-borne virus, which has no effective treatment. The horse, who is housed with1 4 other horses at a riding center in the Guangdong Province, was prescribed rest […]

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Sounds Fishy: Can Goldfish Keep Water Tanks Clean?

The University of Minnesota conducted a study to determine if placing goldfish in water tanks can help keep them clean. The research team used 100-gallon plastic and metal stock tanks, both with and without goldfish. They placed the tanks in a dry lot where six adult horses lived. The tanks with the goldfish contained five […]

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Busted: Leaving Water On A Horse Won’t Make Him Hotter

While the majority of equine owners and caretakers know that hosing a horse is a quick way to cool him off, many still believe that the water must be scraped from the horse’s body to reduce his temperature; they feel that not removing the excess water will actually make the horse hotter. Dr. David Marlin, […]

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Update: Strangles At Delaware Park

A horse with strangles was reported at Delaware Park racetrack on July 3 and the Kentucky State Veterinarian placed a hold barring horses stabled on the grounds of Delaware Park to enter Kentucky racetracks. This hold was removed on July 5. Kentucky horses that are shipping into Delaware Park with the intention to return to […]

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