Canterbury Making ‘An All-Out Effort’ To Open Backstretch On May 4

Officials at Canterbury Park have filed a request with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture asking for a critical sector worker exemption, reports the Star Tribune, a move which would allow the backstretch to open for horses on May 4. The request includes detailed biosecurity protocols designed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and […]

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British Horseracing Authority Extends Suspension Of Racing Indefinitely

The suspension of racing, which is due to finish at the end of April, is to be extended after a decision today by the Board of the British Horseracing Authority. Racing stopped on March 18th before the government introduced the current lockdown measures to protect essential emergency services and the health and safety of the […]

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First EIA Case Of 2020 Confirmed In Texas

Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) officials confirmed Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) in one horse on a Kleberg County premises on March 16, 2020. This is the first confirmed case of EIA in Texas this year. The premises has been quarantined and will not be released until TAHC’s requirements are met. TAHC staff are working closely […]

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Maryland Horsemen’s Group Provides Biosecurity Guidance For Trainers, Veterinarians

The Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association distributed the following guidance to its members Thursday regarding safety protocols during the COVID-19 outbreak: Veterinarians: We ask that trainers designate only one person from your barn to interact with veterinarians and farriers to limit the human to human exposure. Please do your best to keep as much distance between […]

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COVID-19: Louisiana Racing Commission Passes Emergency Order Guiding Training, Movement Of Horses

As the racing world continues to grapple with the ever-increasing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Louisiana Racing Commission has passed an emergency order designed to guide the stabling and training of horses in the state. The order appears to be largely a response to a mass text sent Monday evening ordering horsemen to vacate […]

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Ask Your Veterinarian Presented By Kentucky Performance Products: Snotty Noses At The Sales

Veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital answer your questions about sales and healthcare of Thoroughbred auction yearlings, weanlings, 2-year-olds and breeding stock. QUESTION: What can I do to prevent respiratory infections in young sales horses? DR. LILLY HAYWOOD: Breeding stock sales serve as the “perfect storm” for the development of respiratory disease in weanlings and […]

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Study: Face Flies Contribute To Spread Of Strangles

Strangles is a highly transmissible, contagious disease. Readily spread on clothes, tack, buckets and other modes of indirect transmission, the virus is caused by Streptococcus equi subspecies equi (S. equi). Good biosecurity is key to preventing the spread of disease, including isolating affected horses as well as using separate equipment and clothing when handling the […]

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Equine Influenza Cases Still Rising In Britain

Equine Influenza (EI) continues to rise in Britain, with more than 200 confirmed cases so far this year. There were only two outbreaks reported in all of 2018. The Animal Health Trust’s Director of Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance, Dr. Richard Newton, said the increased movement of horses to and from events and competitions is contributing […]

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Update: Strangles At Delaware Park

A horse with strangles was reported at Delaware Park racetrack on July 3 and the Kentucky State Veterinarian placed a hold barring horses stabled on the grounds of Delaware Park to enter Kentucky racetracks. This hold was removed on July 5. Kentucky horses that are shipping into Delaware Park with the intention to return to […]

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