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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