Can Bandages Cause Tendon Damage In Racehorses?

Many racehorses have their legs bandaged in an effort to reduce the chance of overreaching and injury when they are worked or exercised; many sport horses and those ridden for pleasure have their legs bandaged or wrapped by owners who believe they are providing support to equine legs. In horses that are not racing, the […]

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Grade 1 Winner Mo Town Retired To Ashford Stud

A torn suspensory in his left foreleg forced the retirement of Grade 1 winner Mo Town this week, according to The 4-year-old son of Uncle Mo will be shipped to Ashford Stud this week, where he will stand the 2019 season. “It’s a loss to all involved and to the sport that we didn’t get […]

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Further Tests Required For McKinzie; Baffert Possibly Leaning Toward Preakness

Rather than rushing his very talented 3-year-old colt McKinzie, trainer Bob Baffert is definitely planning to skip Saturday’s Santa Anita Derby and possibly even the Kentucky Derby. The son of Street Sense was a little bit off in a hind leg after last week’s breeze, according to, but both x-rays and a nuclear scan were […]

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‘Very Minor’ Issue Knocks Dream Tree Off Kentucky Oaks Trail

Undefeated Dream Tree is no longer being aimed at the Kentucky Oaks, trainer Bob Baffert told The 3-year-old Uncle Mo filly breezed on March 7 at Santa Anita Park, but exited the work with an unspecified physical issue. “I just wasn’t happy with the way she came out of the work. I’m just backing off […]

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Study Uses Ultrasound To Predict Tendon Injury Recovery

A recent study has shown that ultrasound can be used to predict the likelihood of a horse returning to competition after a tendon injury. The study, conducted by the University of Nottingham, Oakham Equine Hospital and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, used a scoring system to grade tendon injuries in Thoroughbred racehorses at the time […]

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Hogan To Racing Industry: If We Don’t Change, It’s Going To Be Changed For Us

New Jersey-based veterinarian Dr. Patty Hogan gave a 75-minute presentation titled “Injuries in Racehorses” to 60-70 members of the MidAtlantic horseracing industry this week. Hogan explained to the audience that she sees nearly 3,000 horses at her clinic annually, with the majority of them being either Thoroughbred or Standardbred racehorses. She also explained that her […]

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Equine Stem Cells Prove Effective In Treating Skin Wounds

Researchers are exploring the use of stem cells to treat skin wounds in horses with techniques that may eventually translate to human patients. Rebecca Harman and a team of researchers in the Van de Walle Lab at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine are finding that factors secreted by adult stem cells, also known as mesenchymal […]

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Champagne Room: Hairline Fracture Of Coffin Bone May Be Career-Ending

Champion juvenile filly of 2016, Champagne Room recently suffered a hairline fracture to the coffin bone in her foot. According to, trainer Peter Eurton said that the injury could be the end of the 4-year-old filly’s racing career. “It’s nothing life threatening. She’s just going to need some time off,” the trainer said. “There are […]

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Vet Students With Minimal Equine Handling Experience More Likely To Misinterpret Equine Actions

A recent study completed by Massey University researchers emphasized the need to teach first-year vet students about equine behavior. The study used 127 students in their first year of vet science, undergrad equine science or vet tech studies, before they students had had any lessons in equine behavior, reports HorseTalk. In the study, each student […]

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