Morphine Delivered Via Epidural Safe Alternative For Pain Control In Pregnant Mares

A pregnant mare with a history of severe lameness had a long-term epidural placed that delivered morphine to make her more comfortable. The long-term use of the epidural caused no issues to the mare or her foal. Drs. Alessandro Mirra, Jasmin Birras, Sabina Diez Bernal and Claudia Spadavecchia tested the theory, noting that in the […]

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Keeneland, Fasig-Tipton And Ocala Breeders’ Sales Announce Major Reforms To Medication And Riding Crop Policies For 2-Year-Old Sales

Officials from Keeneland Association, Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. and Ocala Breeders’ Sales Company Inc. today jointly announced significant changes to policies regarding medication, including restriction of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and a ban on bronchodilators at all 2-year-old sales, and limited use of riding crops at under tack shows. The revised Conditions of Sale for each […]

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The Jockey Club Calls For Dramatic Changes In ‘Fundamentally Flawed System’

The Jockey Club released the following statement on Monday: A 23rd horse died at Santa Anita Park only three days after racing resumed; it is the 23rd horse fatality in the past three months. The string of deaths at Santa Anita isn’t the first spike in fatalities at a U.S. racetrack — these tragic events […]

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The Dos and Don’ts Of Medicating Pregnant Mares

A veterinarian should always be involved when determining what, if any, medications a pregnant mare should receive, as few drugs have been fully evaluated for this use. However, it is suggested that many common drugs are safe for use in pregnant mares. Dr. Margo Macpherson, DVM and professor at the University of Florida’s College of […]

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The Friday Show: What Should Happen In Horse Racing This Year?

A new year is upon us, and with it comes a combination of new challenges and old ones for the business of Thoroughbred racing. In our first Friday Show of 2019, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick discuss five topics they’d like to see some progress on in the coming year. Watch the Friday Show below […]

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Australian Racing Executive Amanda Elliott: ‘What Is The U.S. Missing?’ On Medication Policy

Amanda Elliott hails from a family with a long history in thoroughbred racing, breeding and administration in Australia. She is a passionate racehorse owner and breeder, actively involved in the sport, both in Australia and Europe. On February, 24 2017, Mrs Elliott was elected the first female Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club in its […]

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Hold Your Horses: Chemo Successfully Slows Equine Lymphoma Progression

Cancer in horses is often treated similarly to cancer in humans: with chemotherapy. Recent research has shown that this choice of medical intervention can put horses with lymphoma into remission and give them several more months or years to live. The Horse reports that Daniela Luethy, DVM, lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of […]

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No Lasix? No Problem For McPeek And VanMeter Under Oaklawn Bonus Program

Trainer Kenny McPeek recorded his record fifth victory since Oaklawn’s “Lasix-free Bonus Program” was implemented in 2015 in Thursday’s first race with Brockton George, who was making his first career start without the legal anti-bleeder medication, also known as furosemide. Brockton George, racing for the ninth time, also represented a record sixth Lasix-free victory at […]

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Motion Joins WHOA, Calls For A ‘National Governing Body’

Leading North American trainer H. Graham Motion has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance (WHOA) as the latest member in a growing list of trainers who support efforts for passage of The Horseracing Integrity Act.  To date, 65 trainers are represented on WHOA’s roster, including Hall of Famers Roger Attfield, Michael Dickinson, Neil Drysdale, and […]

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