Horse Care

Dr. Gary Priest Joins WHOA, Calls For Change in Veterinary Business Model

It is my understanding that the Water Hay Oats Alliance’s position is to allow treatment of equine ailments that routinely occur, but for horses not to compete on drugs given on race day. I agree with this position. Veterinary medicine has made amazing advancements in the diagnostic technology and treatments of our equine athletes since […]

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New ‘Open-Toed’ Shoeing Technique Could Correct Hoof Problems, Shift Paradigms

Dr. Johanna Reimer has developed a unique horse shoeing technique for use on her own horses that could have a significant impact on equine comfort. Reimer, a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine and board certified  veterinarian in cardiology (all species) and large animal internal medicine, has over 25 years of […]

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Study Examines Effect Of Shoes, Track Moisture On Safety

Trainers have long believed that adjusting their horses’ shoe type to match an upcoming race is a key element to maintaining safety and good performance. A recent study by researchers at the Racing Surfaces Testing Laboratory in Orono, Maine suggests that shoes may not play the role they have been credited with. Researchers used a […]

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Kentucky Horse Council Offers Vouchers To Offset Costs Of Gelding

The Kentucky Horse Council Geld Voucher Program provides financial assistance to promote discriminate breeding practices by supporting the castration of male equines for Kentucky horse owners with limited finances. Qualifying Kentucky horse owners may be eligible for vouchers payable to the servicing veterinarian up to $135 per horse. Charges in excess of the voucher amount are to […]

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T.I.P. To Recognize Off-Track Thoroughbreds Competing At Rolex

This year’s Thoroughbreds For All event will once again host a  presentation by The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.)  to recognize and award the riders who will be competing at Rolex on registered Thoroughbreds. The remainder of the evening will consist of educational and entertaining sessions about selecting and working with off-track Thoroughbreds (OTTBs) […]

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Shedding Light On Self-Mutilation In Horses

It’s often said that horses investigate with their mouths, and when at play they often nip at each other. When a horse repeatedly bites itself to the point of breaking the skin, the behavior is termed self-mutilation, and it can quickly evolve into a major problem. While many times self-mutilation can be a sign of […]

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Hoof It Up! Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program To Celebrate ‘Help A Horse Day’ April 26-27

The Oklahoma Thoroughbred Retirement Program will be participating in the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) national Help A Horse Day with a two-day event, competing for a chance to win up to $10,000 in grant prizes to assist with their efforts to protect Thoroughbred racehorses off the race track. […]

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RMTC Committee Approves GABA Threshold

The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has approved a uniform testing threshold of 110 parts per billion (ppb) in blood for the naturally occurring amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). The threshold, which was developed by the RMTC’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), will be submitted today to the Association of Racing […]

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Study: Horses Use Each Others’ Ears Position, Gazes To Communicate

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Sussex has unearthed new details about what types of facial cues horses use to communicate with each other. Though it’s not news that horses use flying feet and teeth to express disapproval in the field, scientists were surprised to learn how strongly ears and gazes influenced […]

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Historic Mereworth Farm Preserved As Equine Sanctuary

Mereworth Farm, a 1,200-acre tract of Bluegrass used for generations as a nursery for over 170 stakes-winning Thoroughbreds, is continuing to make history as a sanctuary for unwanted equines and retired racehorses. Officially christened in 1924 by Walter J. Salmon Sr., Mereworth Farm became one of the most famous names in the American Thoroughbred industry […]

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