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Cast Horses: What To Do (And What Not To Do) To Help

Horsemen probably don’t comprehend how big and heavy a horse actually is until it gets cast against or under something and they have to get it unstuck. One futile tug on the mane of a cast horse and the person quickly will realize he or she needs assistance. “The first thing I would say is […]

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Grade 3 Winner Yankee Fourtune Euthanized

Grade 3 winner Yankee Fourtune was euthanized May 28 at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred retirement farm in Georgetown, KY, due to issues of chronic arthritis. The 12-year-old gelding had been pensioned at the non-profit organization since 2015. Campaigned by New Jersey business man Harvey Clarke and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, in 2010 the 3-year-old Yankee Fourtune […]

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Stand Up: The Benefits Of Standing Equine Surgeries

One of the most complicated parts of equine surgery is putting the horse under anesthesia and then bringing them out of anesthesia after the surgery is completed. A horse coming out of anesthesia may struggle and injure himself. Additional complications can include side effects from the drugs used to anesthetize the horse, laryngeal collapse, nerve […]

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Chemotherapy A Viable Treatment For Horses With Lymphoma

Lymphoma, the most common cancer in horses, has been successfully treated with chemotherapy, a new study shows. However, nearly two-thirds of horses were affected with mild adverse effects from the chemo. Presentation of the cancer varies depending on the areas of the horse that are affected; the prognosis is also variable depending on where the […]

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Old Friends: Chilean Champion Santona Euthanized Due To Colic Complications

Chilean champion Santona has died. The 25-year-old mare was euthanized at Park Equine Hospital at Woodford on May 5th due to complications from colic. Santona had been pensioned at Old Friends, the Thoroughbred Retirement Farm in Georgetown, KY, since 2011. Michael Blowen, founder and President of Old Friends, made the announcement of her passing today. […]

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Painful Parody: Plethora Of Other Issues Can Mimic Colic Symptoms

The signs of colic are well-known to many horse owners: abdominal discomfort shown by pawing, kicking at the belly, repeatedly rolling, sweating and increased heart and respiration rate. While these symptoms are all rightfully red flags, they are not only signs of abdominal distress; they may also be signs of pain in almost any other […]

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Peritonitis: Not Always A Secondary Condition

Peritonitis is a painful inflammation of peritoneum, the tissue that lines the abdomen and supports most abdominal organs. Often seen as a complication in horses that have had abdominal surgery, a ruptured bowel or injury to the abdominal cavity, if left untreated it can lead to organ failure and death. Though often associated with prolonged […]

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New Fecal Test Helps Determine Equine’s Ingestion Of Sand

Sand colic in horses can be very serious. Ingested when a horse is grazing or eating grain from the ground, sand can accumulate in the colon, where it then irritates the gut lining. Sand can build up in the intestines and cause an impaction, which could be fatal. Fecal samples from horses that graze sandy […]

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Be Skeptical Of Equine Supplement Claims

There are literally tens of thousands of equine supplements on the market, but does each live up to its claim? Equine nutritionist Clair Thunes, PhD, recommends being open-minded, yet skeptical, when evaluating what a supplement can do for an equine, reports The Horse. Using a fictional supplement to look critically at what the product claims […]

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Champion Monomoy Girl Resting At WinStar After Colic Episode

Breeders’ Cup Distaff winner and Eclipse champion Monomoy Girl will not make her 2019 debut in the G1 La Troienne on May 3 as her connections originally planned. According to bloodhorse.com, the 4-year-old daughter of Tapizar suffered a mild case of colic after she was shipped from the Fair Grounds up to Churchill Downs. Monomoy Girl […]

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