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San Luis Rey Fire Survivors: What Trainers Should Be Looking For

Over the years, fires involving horses have made the news, but none has been as horrifying as the one on Dec. 7, when California’s Santa Ana winds swept a wildfire through San Luis Rey Downs in Bonsall. Forty-six racehorses died in the blaze, despite the efforts of heroic horsemen who freed hundreds of Thoroughbreds from […]

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Do Scopes Spread Disease?

Examination with an endoscope is a routine procedure for racehorses. Scoping can reveal exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (bleeding), airway obstructions, paralyzed arytenoid cartilage (flappers), guttural pouch infections, and the cause of coughs or nasal discharge. Pre-purchase examinations include scoping to assess the health and correctness of the throat and airways. It is not unusual for a […]

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