Horse Care

Barn Buddies: Saratoga Kittens Ensure The Best Monday Ever

Although Saratoga closed several weeks ago, its reputation as a cradle of top juvenile talent will continue to build as impressive Spa 2-year-olds move toward the Breeders’ Cup. But this year’s meet was also the site of precocious youth of another kind. Saratoga has always been home to a particularly fine collection of barn cats […]

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Retired Racehorse Shines In Jumper Ring At Hampton Classic Horse Show

Kathryn Currey has long been an avid supporter of Thoroughbreds in the show ring; her family’s Touch Of Class went from the racetrack to double Olympic gold medals with trainer and rider Joe Fargis. It should come as no surprise that she was aboard a small chestnut Thoroughbred mare name A Lil Evil when she […]

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Laparoscopic Vasectomies: The Key To Standing Castration?

The castration of stallions, called gelding, is common in horses that are not expected to take on breeding duties. Typically, a male’s testes are completely removed, which helps moderate unwanted behavior and limits unintended reproduction. Vasectomies, while common in human medicine, are not often performed in horses. This type of surgery involves the severing of […]

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‘He Is A Keeper’: War Horse Gung Ho Preparing For Thoroughbred Makeover

Owner-trainer Tamara Maxey recognized Gung Ho as a prime show horse prospect when he was in the final stages of his 74-race career at Turfway Park in late 2018. A stakes winner in his prime, Gung Ho finished third in the 2012 Toyota Blue Grass (G1) at Keeneland in a career that includes a bankroll […]

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Delaware Park Showcases Racehorses Ready For New Careers

Delaware Park and the Delaware Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (DTHA) are excited to announce the annual “End of Meet Showcase,” a joint affair with CANTER-Delaware (CDE) and Mid-Atlantic Horse Rescue (MAHR), held at Delaware Park on October 13. This is an opportunity for off-track-Thoroughbred (OTTB) lovers to find their dream horse. Approximately 25 to 40 horses […]

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Multiple Drug Resistance In Horses Has Reached ‘Concerning’ Levels

Over 3,000 equine antibiotic susceptibility test results reviewed by the University of Liverpool show that multiple drug resistance (MDR) has reached a concerning level. Dr. Cajsa Isgren presented her findings at the British Equine Veterinary Association conference. Using samples from six large equine diagnostic laboratories, the researchers found resistance to at least one class of […]

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Dam Of First Pharoah Finds Success In Show Ring

As the dam of First Pharoah, the first foal of American Pharoah, Kakadu’s place in esteemed breeding company would seem secure even though her racing career was less than stellar, having finished ninth in her only start. Her colt, First Pharoah, hasn’t yet started. However, reproductive issues have kept her from subsequent breedings. In an […]

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Kentucky Farmers Feeling The Stress Of Drought Conditions

Though Kentucky was overwhelmed with rain, which lead to waterlogged pastures a few months ago, the weather has done a complete 180 and left most everything close to bone dry. The state is in desperate need of rainfall—rapidly. Kentucky farmers are feeling the strain of the rain-less weather; the state is officially in an agricultural […]

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TRF Fan Favorite Carterista Passes Away At 30

Carterista loved Florida and loved to be first, so it was fitting that he was the first horse to arrive at the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation’s Second Chances Farm at the Lowell Correctional Facility near Ocala, FL, when it opened nearly 20 years ago. It was an important role, as this was the first time that […]

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UK Launches Series Of Educational Equine Parasitology Videos

The University of Kentucky’s Gluck Equine Research Center is releasing 18 educational videos to inform horse owners, farm managers and veterinarians about best practices in equine parasitology. The series will become available over the course of a few months beginning in October. According to the creator, Martin Nielsen, Schlaikjer Professor of Equine Infectious Disease, the […]

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