Standardbred

Castration Complications: Some Breeds More Prone To Issues

Castration of male horses not fit to be breeding stallions is common. Though this procedure is considered routine, it’s not without potential complications, one of which is evisceration. Evisceration is where the horse’s intestines protrude through the incision made for the castration; this can be fatal if not addressed immediately, reports The Horse. Dr. John […]

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Creation Of Equine Aftercare Commission Considered By New York Lawmakers

New York lawmakers are considering the creation of a state government commission on retired racehorses. The chairmen of the Senate and Assembly racing and wagering committees are interested in monitoring where retired racehorses are and how they are being treated in an attempt to prevent their illegal shipment to slaughter, reports BloodHorse. The Senate bill […]

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Safe Passage Program Offers Retiring Standardbred Racehorses Safe Place To Land

A new program called Safe Passage has been started by Starting Gaits Standardbred Transition Program in Arcanum, Ohio. The program was created to help Standardbred racehorse owners ensure their horse has a safe place to land after it retires from racing. Starting Gaits was founded in 2013; it has placed more than 600 Standardbreds into […]

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Sarcoids: Treatment Should Be Early And Aggressive

The most common skin tumors in horses, sarcoids are thought to affect about 2 percent of horses across the globe. Though the tumors don’t spread, they can still be uncomfortable for the affected horse, potentially affecting eyelid function and leading to ulceration of they eyeball. Believed to be caused by a bovine papillomavirus transmitted by […]

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Equine Rhinitis A Virus A Threat To Yearlings

A Canadian study highlights the susceptibility of yearlings to Equine Rhinitis A Virus (ERVA) and the ability of the disease to spread. The study, lead by Dr. Tanya Rossi of the University of Guelph, shows that horses between the ages of 1 and 2 are very susceptible to the virus and that farms should put […]

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New Study Reinforces Notion That Thyroid Supplement May Endanger Fit Horses

Giving fit horses unnecessary thyroid supplements may cause cardiac arrhythmia, a new study shows. Some trainers give their racehorses Thyroxine to perk them up. The drug is more commonly used on horses that have insulin resistance or Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS)—neither of which is found in fit racehorses. Dr. Janice E. Kritchevsky, with the Purdue […]

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Statistics Show Most Horses Need To Be Re-Homed More Than Once

The Standardbred Retirement Foundation (SRF), operating since 1989, compiled its data on the number of homes an adopted horse needed, based on the information it has collected from 1992-March 11, 2019. The number of horses this data is based on is 1,692. 1 Home       8.5% 2 Homes     49.0% 3 Homes     20.0% 4 Homes     10.5% 5 […]

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Study: Mental Toughness Tied To Physical Prowess In Nordic Racehorses

A study conducted by Dr. Brandon Velie, of the University of Sydney and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, has shown that talented Nordic trotting horses have a genetic basis for mental toughness as well as trotting talent. Throughout the years, Nordic horses have been selected for strength, speed and endurance. The scientist and his […]

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Hambletonian Winner Atlanta Makes History, Sells Online For $1.55 Million

The 2018 Hambletonian-winning Standardbred filly Atlanta was placed in an online auction on Feb. 12 at OnGait.com, and made history on Friday by bringing in a final bid of $1.55 million. Now a 4-year-old, Atlanta became the highest-priced Standardbred to be sold at auction in North America. According to harnesslink.com, the filly’s ownership group decided to list […]

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Standardbred Auctioneer And Son Killed In Pennsylvania Shooting

A well-known auctioneer in the Standardbred community, Dean Beachy and his youngest son, 19-year-old Steve Beachy, were killed in a restaurant/bar shooting near Penn State University on Thursday. According to The Daily Record, the 62-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene, while his son was hit in the torso and passed away at a trauma center […]

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