equine welfare

The Right Horse Initiative Receives AAEP Lavin Cup

The Right Horse Initiative has received The Lavin Cup from the American Association of Equine (AAEP) in recognition of the nonprofit organization’s innovative approach to solving the growing problem of horses in transition in the United States. Known as the AAEP’s equine welfare award, The Lavin Cup recognizes a nonveterinary organization or individual that has […]

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Emptying The Ocean With A Teaspoon: The Challenges Of Aftercare

This is Part 2 in a three-part series looking back at the last decade’s evolution in Thoroughbred aftercare. You can read Part 1 here. It’s easy to scroll through the Horse Care or Aftercare news sections on trade publication websites and feel pretty good about the state of Thoroughbred retirement and rehoming. It seems groups […]

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Study Finds Statistical Relationship Between Pre-Race Bute And Injury In South American Runners

A study that will be published in an upcoming issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) has found a statistical relationship between pre-race phenylbutazone administration and the risk of injury or breakdown in South American racehorses.  Research conducted by Dr. Teresita Zambruno at the University of Glasgow examined 500,000 starts […]

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A Decade In, How Are We Doing With Thoroughbred Aftercare?

A decade ago, the word “aftercare” was not part of the industry vernacular when talking about Thoroughbreds leaving the racetrack. There were a handful of nonprofits which had battled the tide of horses retiring from racing for years. The Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation launched in 1983, New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program in 1992, Thoroughbred Charities of […]

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Hold Your Horses: After Trainer Objections, Maryland Holds Back Proposed Reforms

Less than a month after announcing the approval of a number of “house rules” and commission policies aimed at improving racehorse safety and welfare, the Maryland Racing Commission is walking things back. According to a report by The Racing Biz, the proposed measures — which included pushing back administration of several medications, veterinary record transfers, […]

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Industry Groups Launch Thoroughbred Safety Coalition Aimed At Reforms

The nation’s leading Thoroughbred racing organizations today announced the creation of an industry-led effort to unify and enhance existing protections and work together to develop new reforms to ensure the safety of the sport’s equine and human athletes. Partnering together under the name Thoroughbred Safety Coalition, the group seeks to create and implement a series […]

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What’s Different This Time? Racing History Shows An Evolution Of Attitudes About Fatal Injuries

In 1993, just ahead of that year’s Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park, the Associated Press published a headline that could just as easily have been written this year: “Breeders’ Cup officials hoping for safety.” A short item from writer Ed Schuyler Jr. detailed the organization’s response to a series of five high profile equine […]

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How Overuse Injuries Happen, And How Imaging Can Help

There is no avoiding the reality that fractures sustained while training and racing is the most pressing of the challenges facing Thoroughbred racing. Veterinarians, trainers, and their support workers at Santa Anita Park have made some dramatic improvements to their system of checks and balances and have significantly reduced their injury rates relative to their […]

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After PETA Scandal, West Virginia Tracks And Horsemen Making Plans To Institute Necropsy Program By January 2020

West Virginia’s racing commissioners reacted with horror and outrage to a series of photos distributed by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) several weeks ago, and vowed that change would be coming as a result.  PETA published a set of photographs taken by an unnamed whistleblower which appeared to show the body […]

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Maryland Commission Approves Slate Of New Rules On Starter Requirements, Transport, Medication

The Maryland Racing Commission Oct. 24 approved a number of “house rules” geared toward racehorse health and safety as well as accountability of participants, and also signed off on multiple proposed regulations related to the same issues. The rule changes and regulation proposals stemmed from an Oct. 10 meeting of the MRC Safety Committee and […]

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