Sophomore Filly Altaf ‘Has An Exciting Future’ After Impressive Maiden Win At Churchill

Chad Brown-trained Shadwell homebred sophomore filly Altaf went into her one-mile maiden special weight on Saturday at Churchill Downs as one worthy of attention, being a daughter of Medaglia d’Oro switching to the dirt after a turf debut that did not go as planned. She came out of the race the star of the show, […]

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Testing A New Treatment For Foal Pneumonia

The University of Georgia and Texas A&M University, with funds provided by the Morris Animal Foundation, may have found a way to treat foal pneumonia without encouraging drug-resistant bacteria. The scientists have found that gallium maltolate (GaM) could be a viable alternative to antibiotics. Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in foals; […]

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Using Vitamin C To Fight Equine Sepsis

It’s long been known that Vitamin C can help humans prevent or shorten the duration of a cold. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can be depleted in the body during bouts with illness. The human body cannot produce vitamin C, so a severe lack of vitamin C is possible and can lead to […]

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Alternative Antibiotic Combination Showing Promise For Foal Pneumonia

Foals that fall ill with pneumonia, specifically the form caused by Rhodococcus equi, are in grave danger — this form of pneumonia causes abscesses in the lungs that can be difficult to treat. Currently, a combination of the antimicrobials azithromycin and rifampicin are used as treatments as the bacteria rapidly develop resistance to rifampicin if […]

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Juvenile Filly Amalfi Sunrise Could Be Retired After Month-Long Battle With Pneumonia

Winner of the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes at Del Mar, the talented Amalfi Sunrise (Constitution) could be headed for an early retirement, according to¬† The filly has been at the San Luis Equine Hospital in Bonsall, Calif., battling with pneumonia for nearly an entire month. Though Amalfi Sunrise is nearly ready to be released from […]

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Foal Born 62 Days Early Surprising Veterinarians With Her Resilience

Roosters Sannman Miracle was born on Jan. 30, 62 days ahead of her expected April 2 delivery date. Owned by Lewis and Sherry Paulk and bred to be a cutting horse, the foal has been surprising veterinarians with her ability to survive what for most months-premature births would be insurmountable odds. An average pregnancy for […]

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Rescued Mini Horse In Rhode Island Diagnosed With Strangles

An isolation barn in Providence County, RI, is under quarantine after the confirmation of Strep equi from a nasopharyngeal sample. The affected equine is a 2.5-year-old Miniature Horse that had been bought by a New Hampshire-based rescue from an auction in Pennsylvania; the mini was then brought to the farm in Rhode Island, where it […]

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Vaccine For Deadly Foal Pneumonia On Horizon

Pneumonia in foals can be a life-threatening illness. Rhodococcus equi, which is the common cause of foal pneumonia, can cause additional damage to a foal’s body, including affecting organs, lymph nodes, bones, joints and the brain. Fatality for infected foals ranges from 20 to 40 percent. To date, there is no licensed vaccine. Morris Animal […]

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Protect Foals From Pneumonia By Vaccinating Pregnant Mares

Researchers have found that pneumonia can be successfully prevented in foals by vaccinating the mares before they give birth. ¬†Pneumonia can be deadly to foals, especially if they are between one and six months old with no immunity. By the time the foals begin exhibiting signs of illness like coughing or panting, the only available […]

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