equine safety

Stay Safe: Biosecurity Tips For Show Season

Show season is in full swing and keeping horses healthy and happy is paramount to having a willing show partner. It’s important to remember that biosecurity is something that should not be taken lightly, even while traveling. To keep your horse safe during show season, keep these tips in mind: Keep sick horses at home […]

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Eight Years After Its Creation, Equine Injury Database Shows Improvement In U.S. Racing

The Equine Injury Database recently released data from 2016, showing the lowest fatality rate per 1,000 starts for American racehorses since the Database began keeping records in 2009. The fatality rate for 2016 was 1.54 per 1,000 starts and includes horses that died within 72 hours after a race. That figure is based on data […]

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Tips And Tricks To Lunge A Horse Properly

Lunging is one of the first skills a young horse learns, usually soon before experiencing a saddle and bridle for the first time, and it can serve him well through his life. Whether it’s on a chilly or windy day and you just want to work off some energy before climbing in the saddle, working […]

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A New Meaning To The Term ‘Tail Light’

Though it may look like it would be more at home in a nightclub, the Tail Lights Rider Safety System has a very serious purpose: to keep riders safe when riding in low-visibility areas. Tail Lights, based in Michigan, recognized the need for better horse and rider safety, and invented the LED lighting system to make the […]

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Time For A Change? Veterinarian’s List No Safe Harbor For Racehorses

On Jan. 27, 2015, six Thoroughbreds went to the post for the second race at Turf Paradise, but only five came back. Four-year-old Time for a J fractured the sesamoids in his left front leg and was euthanized on the track. What separated the dark bay gelding from most other horses who meet the same […]

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Calgary Stampede To Launch Safety Review After Fourth Horse Dies

Calgary Stampede officials say they will conduct a review of safety practices at the annual event after a fourth horse died during this year’s Stampede. The horse, a 16-year-old named Ezzy, tore a ligament during the first heat of Sunday’s chuckwagon race. Another outrider horse was euthanized on Saturday from a similar injury, according to […]

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Charles Town: ‘We Will Review Policies Again’ After Collision

On Saturday, Dec. 13, the fourth race at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races was tragically interrupted by a riderless horse, Winningaswespeak, running back into the field, which collided with another horse. While both jockeys involved were not seriously harmed, regrettably one of the horses (Frisky Dixie) had to be euthanized. Since then, the accident […]

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Welfare Summit: Data, Transparency Critical To Improving Safety

The fifth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit concluded Wednesday afternoon in Lexington, Ky., with an emphasis on the ongoing need to collect data and make it available through transparency initiatives, industry conferences, and continuing education in order to enhance safety. The two-day conference in the Keeneland sales pavilion once again brought together a […]

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Churchill Outlines Derby Equine Security Measures

Churchill Downs Racetrack today re-emphasized its annual enhanced security measures for horses competing in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and ongoing safety and integrity measures included in its “Safety from Start to Finish” program. “Integrity and maximizing the safety and welfare of our athletes are of great importance to us, and […]

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NY Task Force: ‘Perfect storm’ led to Aqueduct fatalities; overhaul needed

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced his office has received the findings and recommendations of the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety and that the state will undertake an unprecedented series of reforms to promote equine safety at New York racetracks. The Task Force was appointed at the request of the Governor’s […]

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