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Ponies Without Pigment? Horses Get Vitiligo, Too

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that destroys skin melanocytes, causing depigmentation in humans, dogs, cats and horses, a well as in other species. Though unsightly, the condition is mainly cosmetic, though it may affect the value of competition animals. It mainly occurs near the head and face. First described in horses more than 3,500 years […]

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A Look Back At The FBI’s Most Wanted Race-Fixer, And The Trainer Who Tried To Catch Him

One night in 1998, longtime trainer George “Barney” Isaacs says he wore a wire and invited an armed felon into his apartment to help the FBI solve a horse racing mystery – and to get his hands on a $50,000 reward. Now, he wants his money.  In 1996, Isaacs’ near-four decade training career was all […]

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Groom Elite Program Offering Clinic At Keeneland In Early June

A limited number of spots remain open for the Horse Behavior and Handling clinic presented by Groom Elite at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky. This clinic is designed to prepare participants to work with horses, with an emphasis on racehorses. For those that successfully complete this basic preparation, jobs are available at a track or […]

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Santa Anita Cancels Five Thursday Cards, Raises Non-Stakes Purses $10,000

Santa Anita Park has been forced to reduce its racing schedule over the next five weeks due to a lack of race-ready horses on the grounds, reports drf.com. The Stronach Group-owned facility will cancel the next five Thursday programs, racing Friday through Sunday until Memorial Day. “As we progress, we’ll see where we’re at,” said TSG’s […]

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Sleeping Is Serious Business: Mammal Size, Shape And Length All At Play

There are a variety of factors that affect how mammals lie down, including the size of the animal, its length, its body shape and the type of digestive system it uses. Cows and other animals that chew their cud, like sheep and deer, don’t lie down often and lie mainly on their sides so their […]

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Stripes Help Keep Biting Insects At Bay

Biting insects have a difficult time landing on animals that have zebra stripes, a joint study between the University of California, Davis, and the University of Bristol in England has shown. The findings, which were published in PLOS ONE, support the hypothesis that the stripes on Africa’s three species of zebra helped deter biting insects. […]

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Bad Bobby! Trainer Jamie Osborne’s Whippet An ‘Accidental Sensation’

Jumps-jockey-turned-Thoroughbred-trainer Jamie Osborne had a more exciting morning than he planned on January 28, when his female dog took off down the gallops, chasing a line of racehorses led by Toast of New York. Osborne then delighted the Twitter-verse with video evidence of the incident: I am afraid we had a dog malfunction this morning! […]

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Opinion: Euthanasia A Better Option Than Sale For Older, Infirm Equines

It can be seen every day, in all formats of social media, equine classifieds, flyers in tack shops and more: “Beloved, unrideable horse free to a good home.” Carol Phillips, writing for Horse & Hound, questions if posts like these are truly in the best interest of the horse. While she acknowledges that life circumstance […]

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Rutgers’ Equine Science Center Hosting Free Summer Showcase July 11

The Equine Science Center at Rutgers University is hosting its annual “Summer Showcase” from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, July 11 at the Equine Exercise Physiology Laboratory on College Farm Road on the George H. Cook Campus in New Brunswick. The Summer Showcase, similar to an open house, is a FREE event that is […]

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American Horse Council’s National Issues Forum Capitalizes On Industry Data, Opportunities

On Tuesday, June 12th, attendees of the American Horse Council’s (AHC) 2018 National Issues Forum, sponsored by Luitpold Animal Health, gathered to learn more about the theme of “Let’s Capitalize On It!” With a variety of speakers from different trades, attendees gained valuable insight as to how the horse industry can learn from other industries, […]

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