MRI And PET Machines At Santa Anita Identifying Potential Breakdowns

Put into place nearly a year ago, Santa Anita’s use of both the Longmile Positron Emission Tomography (MILE-PET) Scan machine and the standing MRI machine have successfully identified injuries that may become catastrophic, proponents say. The PET machine is used on a standing horse and produces scans that veterinarians hope will detect pre-existing injuries that […]

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Study: Depending On Means Of Delivery, Prebiotics May Do More Harm Than Good

Prebiotics, indigestible fibers that stimulate the growth of beneficial bacteria in the large intestine, are often added to horse feed, though little research has been done to determine if they are truly helpful to a horse’s digestive system. Dr. Annette Zeyner, head of the animal nutrition group at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany, and […]

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Get A Load Of This: Study Helps Determine Potential Mechanical Cause Of Injury

Scientists are using inertial sensors to learn how horse hooves interact with the ground. This information will help researchers discover more about the strain on horse’s legs and the causes of injury. Dr. Jeff Thomason at the Ontario Veterinary College has been studying hoof/ground interaction as well as shock and the forces that act on […]

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Study: Bone-Related Swelling More Common Than Previously Believed

Researchers at the University of Exeter in England have discovered that a significant number of horses have abnormal swelling in the bone marrow of their leg bones, called bone marrow oedema-like abnormalities (BMOA). These horses also had localized increased bone density. Drs. Christine Heales, Ian Summers, Jonathan Fulford, Karen Knapp and Peter Winlove say further […]

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Addressing Racing Surfaces: Consistency Is Key

As the Thoroughbred industry continues to work toward improved equine safety, experts say the key for best surface safety is consistency, which can be tough to achieve. Dr. Mick Peterson and Dr. Wayne McIlwraith recently addressed racing surfaces in a letter to the editor of the Thoroughbred Daily News. They noted that while the safety […]

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Association Of Racetrack Veterinarians, HBPA: Curtailing Lasix Won’t Reduce Injury Rates

The following statements were released Tuesday by the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) and Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), regarding the recent breakdowns at Santa Anita and the issue of Lasix. From the NAARV: The membership of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians, both on site […]

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Repeat After Me: Study Shows Biomarkers Again Linked To Injury Risk In Thoroughbreds

Orthopedic injuries in racehorses are responsible for nearly 70 percent of lost training days; these injuries have an impact on equine welfare and income generated from racing. Injury diagnosis and prevention has been at the forefront of racehorse research, and a new study has again shown that serum biomarkers in bone and cartilage can be […]

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Are Bits Responsible For Racing Breakdowns? One Tufts Professor Thinks So

Bob Cook,¬†Professor Emeritus of Surgery at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University, suggests in a recent editorial for HorseTalk that using a bit on a horse can cause behavioral and breathing-related issues. Cook believes breathing issues like collapse of the roof of the windpipe, displacement of the soft palate, obstruction of the […]

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State Veterinarians Examine High Number Of Fatal Breakdowns In Kentucky

There was a fair amount of concern following the short September race meeting at Churchill Downs, when four horses suffered fatal breakdowns in the space of four days, and two more suffered the same fate during morning training hours. According to¬†, Churchill’s response was to bring in racing-surface specialist Mick Peterson; president Kevin Flanery said […]

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