Horse Care

Thoroughbred Incentive Program Approves 750 Shows for 2015

The Jockey Club Thoroughbred Incentive Program (T.I.P.) announced today that it has approved awards and classes for nearly 750 shows in 43 states and Canadian provinces during 2015. A full calendar of events is available on the T.I.P. website at tjctip.com. The show disciplines include eventing, dressage, Western and English pleasure, hunter/jumper, Western performance, games, […]

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A New Theory on Pawing

While commonly believed to be caused by boredom, new research suggests that horses may paw because they are uncomfortable. In a study that took place at the New York State Fairgrounds Training Facility in Syracuse, N.Y., 41 Standardbred racehorses in training were observed for 62 days. The horses were stabled in box stalls with dirt […]

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Will She or Won’t She? Breeding Season Calls for Some Teasing

With breeding season fast approaching, Stonestreet Farm Broodmare Manager Louis Logan takes us behind the scenes and into the barns to explain the management practice known as “teasing.” Teasing is an efficient process that can determine a mare’s estrus cycle and allow for effective timing of stallion covers. The estrus cycle, a recurring period of […]

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An Update on Wobbler Syndrome

Researchers at the University of Kentucky say there’s still much to learn about Wobbler Syndrome, but veterinarians are having increased success using CT and MRI scans to help diagnose the illness. Wobbler Syndrome, also called cervical stenotic myelopathy (CSM), is a neurologic disease caused by deformities of the neck vertebrae in horses. This causes a narrowing of the […]

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Laminitis Expert Dr. Ric Redden: “If You’re Calling Me, You’ve Got a Major Problem”

Dr. Ric Redden is a farrier and veterinarian known the world over as the “go-to” person when the world’s most elite horses have hoof problems. He and his wife, Nancy, established the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, KY in the 1980s. He has spent his career treating race and show horses, as well as […]

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Equine CT Machine Will ‘Change the Face of Veterinary Medicine’

Epica Medical Innovations, an American-based technology company specializing in both human and animal health innovation, has announced the development of a CT scanner designed specifically for horses. The company says its “Pegaso” computed technology scanner represents a major advance in diagnostic, interventional and intraoperative imaging for horses. Epica’s president, Greg Stoutenburgh, said the machine was […]

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Suspected Feed Contamination Case Expands Into Third State

The case of suspected feed contamination that has been reported in South Carolina and Georgia may have now spread to Alabama, according a a Rate My Horse Pro report. Eventer Andrew Palmer is the third farm owner in as many states whose ADM Alliance Nutrition feed has tested positive for monensin. Palmer submitted samples of his […]

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Tom Law Appointed to Board of Heading for Home Racehorse Retraining/Adoption Center

Heading for Home Racehorse Retraining and Adoption Center is pleased to announce the latest appointment to its Board of Directors – Mr. Tom Law. “Tom embodies the spirit of the racing industry and he is a dedicated advocate for the horses,” states Heading for Home President and Board Chair Joseph Battaglia.  “He brings talent, expertise […]

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Beyond Sprinkler Systems: Tips for Barn Safety

Many farm managers are aware of the dangers of poisonous plants in their pastures, but there are other dangers that could be lurking around the barn or field. Although most people don’t leave open vats of chemicals where horses can drink from them, StableManagement.com warns that improper storage of gasoline, solvents, and antifreeze can be […]

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Claiborne Explains Its Approach to Open-Air Foaling

In a short article published on Facebook this week, Dr. Charlie Scoggin, resident veterinarian for Claiborne Farm, explained how the renowned central Kentucky farm deals with foaling season in the midst of unpredictable winter weather. Claiborne foals its mares in outdoor grass paddocks whenever possible, rather than the conventional foaling stall in the barn. Though it […]

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