Industry, Animal Rights Activists React To Photo Of Thoroughbred In West Virginia Landfill

Local law enforcement and horsemen’s groups are investigating the presence of a Thoroughbred’s body in a landfill near Mountaineer Racetrack and Resort in late September. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) released a statement this week and graphic photos of the body, which was that of a chestnut wearing rundown bandages.  PETA alleges […]

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Blood And Urine Found In 42,000-Year-Old Foal

Russian researchers have found a 42,000-year-old frozen foal carcass in Siberia’s Verkhoyansk region; even more impressive than the preservation of the foal was the liquid blood and urine found inside the animal. The fluids were extracted during the necropsy and it is hoped that scientists may be able to create a clone of the extinct […]

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Iron Overload Can Be Fatal For Horses

Iron is an integral part of the equine diet; it carries oxygen in the hemoglobin of red blood cells through the body so the cells can produce energy. Found in some supplements to encourage red blood cell production, an overload of iron can be detrimental as it builds up in the horse’s body over time. […]

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‘A Very Good Chance’ Bobby Abu Dhabi Did Not Suffer Heart Attack, Says CHRB Chairman

When Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza was seriously injured during a workout aboard Bobby Abu Dhabi last month at Del Mar, it was widely assumed that the Peter Miller-trained 4-year-old had suffered a heart attack, both because of the suddenness of his fall and the fact that he remained motionless afterward. On Thursday, California […]

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Flores’ Mount In March Tragedy ‘Negative For The Presence Of Foreign Substances’

Toxicology reports on Love Rules, the horse involved in the tragic accident on Mar. 19 at Parx which took the life of jockey Jose Flores, summarized that the 6-year-old son of Not For Love was found to be “negative for the presence of foreign substances.” According to, an additional necropsy determined the cause of Love Rules’ […]

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Finding Success in Reducing Horse Racing Fatalities: Now Where Do We Go?

The occurrence of fatal injuries to horses in flat racing in North America has decreased by 23 percent since the inception of standardized injury reporting into the Jockey Club’s Equine Injury Database, says Dr. Mary Scollay in Equine Disease Quarterly. Fatalities began to decline 2013 and achieved statistical significance in 2015; it is believed that […]

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Necropsy Programs Provide Learning Opportunities To Researchers, Horsemen

Figures released earlier this year from the Equine Injury Database suggest the number of racing fatalities in the United States is falling. For the fourth consecutive year, the rate of deaths per 1,000 starts was down, coming to 1.54 after weighing in at 2.00 when the database started recording data in 2009. No matter where […]

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Rabies Refresher: What You Need To Know

While not always the dramatic, madness-causing virus the Hollywood portray it as, rabies is a very real threat to horses and companion animals alike. Mainly transmitted via saliva from bites, rabies can also be transferred from one mammal to the next via contamination of open cuts or mucous membranes. Skunks, foxes, raccoons, cats, bats, dogs and […]

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Report: Many Times, Breakdowns are the Result of More Than Just a ‘Bad Step’

Although a sound horse might breakdown from taking a ‘bad step’, a recent study is providing new evidence that most fatal injuries are the result of preexisting tissue and/or bone damage. The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s necropsy program presented such evidence at the Racetrack Injury Prevention symposium held Oct. 20 at the University of Kentucky […]

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