‘A Real People Horse,’ Hockey School Has Adapted To Life As A Lead Pony

Revered for their athleticism and intelligence, Thoroughbreds are popular for an array of activities when their racing careers conclude. Three-time winner Hockey School did not even have to leave trainer Brian Lynch’s barn to find his new profession as a companion mount. Known as “ponies,” these multitaskers of any breed inspire calm in the racehorses […]

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Study: New Drug Shows Promise For Managing Equine Insulin Levels

A new study has shown that the drug velagliflozin may be an effective tool for controlling laminitis risk factors in ponies. The drug is capable of managing equine’s insulin dysregulation; current treatment for insulin dysregulation includes restricting pasture and feeding a diet low in non-structural carbohydrates. The research team was led by Dr. Martin Sillence […]

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‘Coach’ Lava Man Turns 18, Still ‘An Important Part Of Team O’Neill’

Lava Man turned 18 on January 1. One of the most profitable claims in racing history, the old gelding has earned his keep as a pony since 2010, escorting the likes of 2012 Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another to and from the track to exercise for trainer Doug O’Neill. Lava Man still ushers four […]

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‘Swamp Cancer’ Is Killing Chincoteague’s Famous Wild Ponies

Wild ponies that have made the Chincoteague and Assateague islands famous are in a fight for their lives — literally. To date, seven horses have died after developing serious infections from stepping in wetlands contaminated with Pythium insidiosum. This bacteria causes pythiosis, a fungus-like infection of the hooves and legs. The organism enters small cuts on […]

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Lava Man ‘Looks Phenomenal,’ Returns To Santa Anita Park

Fan-favorite racehorse-turned-stable pony Lava Man has once again returned to Santa Anita Park. The 17-year-old gelding underwent colic surgery on July 31 this year, and was sent back to trainer Doug O’Neill’s stable in late August. From there, the Hall of Fame racehorse was sent to a farm to continue his recovery. “Lava Man is […]

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Though She Be But Little: Thoroughbred Mare Wins National Pony Championship

The story is unlikely in so many ways: a first-time competitor at the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Jumper Championships at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington won the title aboard a 14.1 5/8-hand Thoroughbred who technically qualified as a pony. The Girl Next Door (A. P. Jet—Brook Serenade, Montbrook) is 15 years old […]

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Something’s Fishy: UC Davis Vet Aids English Pony Attacked With Acid

A pony dubbed Cinders was dumped in Derbyshire, England, with what looked like acid burns running down her face, from her eyes to her nostrils. Taken to Rainbow Equine Hospital in North Yorkshire, veterinarians debated on the best way to care for the extensive burns. Jamie Peyton  of University of California Davis Veterinary Medicine, has […]

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Buy The Pony: Exposure To Farm Animals Reduces Likelihood of Childhood Asthma

A Swedish study reports that babies exposed to farm animals and dogs may be less likely to develop asthma by the age of 6, says Newsweek. Farm animal exposure during infancy resulted in a 52 percent risk reduction of asthma, while exposure to dogs resulted in a 13 percent lower risk. While these findings don’t […]

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Millionaire Pony Perfect Drift to Escort California Chrome to Derby Post

When California Chrome goes to the post as the favorite for the 140th Kentucky Derby, a familiar face will be alongside him. Racing fan – at least those who have been around for a while now – will remember the name Perfect Drift, a racehorse who finished third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby. Perfect Drift, […]

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