equine deaths

Opinion: What Do Football And Racing Have In Common? Injuries And Attitude

In a recent editorial for the Albany Times-Union, writer Chris Churchill observes that football and horse racing, sports on somewhat opposite trajectories for the past century, are starting to come together — and not in a good way. A spate of equine deaths during the Saratoga meet has sparked discussion and notice from protestors about […]

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Homeboykris ‘Will Remain In Our Hearts Forever’

Often forgotten when a horse dies on the racetrack are the people closest to him or her – the grooms, exercise riders and barn staff that provide daily care, understand their personalities and build an attachment to the animals that non-horse lovers will never understand. Toiling behind the scenes in anonymity, these men and women […]

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Seven Cheltenham Festival Deaths Prompt RSPCA To Meet With British Horseracing Authority

The hugely popular Cheltenham Festival in the United Kingdom was darkened this week as the four-day event gave way to seven equine deaths, the highest toll in at least the past 10 years. The Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals announced that it would be calling a meeting with the British Horseracing Authority […]

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Australian University Investigating Mystery Illness Affecting Equines

The University of Adelaide has researchers investigating the potential causes of an unknown illness that affected 14 horses in different regions of South Australia last year, killing eight of them. The affected horses suddenly became very ill, and began sweating, having muscle trembling, breathing rapidly and exhibiting general weakness; some also had a loss of […]

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What Happened Here? Causes of Feed Contamination

Cases of equine feed contamination have made national headlines in the last few months, many of them with deadly consequences. Beginning in Florida, where 22 horses were poisoned by monensin-contaminated feed from Lakeland Animal Nutrition, and most recently in South Carolina, where three horses were supposedly poisoned by ADM Alliance Nutrition, feed and concerns for […]

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Three Horses Dead After Three Days of Cheltenham Festival

Britain’s Cheltenham Festival of steeplechase races has been marred by three total equine deaths in as many days since its opening on March 11. Wednesday’s racing saw two horses, Akdam and Stack The Deck, put down after serious injuries, while Our Conor was euthanized after a fall during the Champions Hurdle on Tuesday. Royal Society […]

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Putting California Sudden Death Numbers in Perspective

At the April 11 meeting of the California Horse Racing Board, commissioner Bo Derek, chairman of the regulatory agency’s Medication and Track Safety Committee, in reviewing the sudden deaths of Thoroughbred racehorses at California tracks said that “no trainer or trainers have been mentioned in our discussions of sudden deaths.” Derek’s statement overlooked the numbers […]

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California Post-Mortem Program Has Major Flaw

One year ago, horsemen in New York were facing a major crisis when state government and racing regulators demanded answers for the sudden increase in equine racing fatalities at Aqueduct racetrack. Gov. Andrew Cuomo formed a task force to study the issue, and their report was the foundation of some significant recommendations that were put […]

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