Study Finds Statistical Relationship Between Pre-Race Bute And Injury In South American Runners

A study that will be published in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) has found a statistical relationship between pre-race phenylbutazone administration and the risk of injury or breakdown in South American racehorses.  Research conducted by Dr. Teresita Zambruno at the University of Glasgow examined 500,000 starts […]

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Maryland Commission Approves Slate Of New Rules On Starter Requirements, Transport, Medication

The Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 24 approved a number of “house rules” geared toward racehorse health and safety as well as accountability of participants, and also signed off on multiple proposed regulations related to the same issues. The rule changes and regulation proposals stemmed from an Oct. 10 meeting of the MRC Safety Committee and […]

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Knapp Fined By CHRB Stewards For Bute Positive; Horse Suffered Fatal Injury Two Starts Later

Trainer Steve Knapp has been fined $1,500 by California Horse Racing Board stewards for a phenylbutazone positive in the horse Emtech following a second-place finish in an Aug. 25 starter allowance race at Del Mar. Emtech, claimed by Knapp and owner Steven Zolotas for $25,000 in his previous outing at Del Mar Aug. 8, suffered […]

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Running Hot: What An Elevated Equine Temperature Can Mean

A horse’s “normal” temperature should be between 99 and 101 degrees F, but there are instances where his body temperature will rise without him being ill. He may “run hotter” on warm days or after exercise, whether hew as running around in his field or asked to work by a handler. Additionally, horse’s temperature will […]

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Maintaining The Health of Senior Equines Through Nutrition

Thanks to advancements in medicine, diet and more, humans and their companion animals are living longer than ever before. Like with humans and other animals, horses need advanced protocols for maintaining their health through their more prolonged senior years. Studies have shown that horses (as well as other animals and humans) have an increased susceptibility […]

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Phenylbutazone Paste In Short Supply Through May

Veterinary pharmacies have been notified that phenylbutazone paste will be in short supply across the country until late May. Because the drug won’t be readily available by normal channels, compounders can now legally produce the drug in paste form. Tablet, injectable, and other formats of bute are not affected by the shortage. Though the generic […]

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Guelph Researcher Cautions Against Overuse Of Therapeutic Drugs

In the management of horse health, injuries and disease, conscientious horse owners would never put their horse at risk; however, improper use of some commonly administered equine drugs can impact the health and safety of our horses more than we think. Seldom does a month go by when media attention doesn’t focus on a positive […]

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South African Trainer Fined When Bute Detected in Out of Competition Test

South African trainer W.G. Prestage has been fined 30,000 rand (about US$2,700) after National Horseracing Authority out of competition tests detected the banned substance phenylbutazone in one of his runners. Phenylbutazone, or Bute, is a prohibited substance under the rules of the National Horseracing Authority in South Africa. The blood sample was taken from the […]

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Guest Commentary: A Not So Silent Witness

The following commentary is by Alexa Ravit, a longtime horse racing fan and attendee of over 20 Triple Crown races. Ms Ravit will be graduating from Cornell University in January with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and minors in Business and Communication. She intends to pursue a career in the Thoroughbred industry. – Ray Paulick In […]

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