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Study Finds Mild Asthma Common In Racehorses

Many Thoroughbred racehorses have mild asthma from inhaling fine airborne particles, according to a recent study. Conducted by Drs. Kathleen Ivester, Laurent Couëtil and George Moore of Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine, the study was published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Inflammatory airway disease, also called equine asthma, is a common reason why racehorses […]

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Can Herd Hierarchy Affect Racehorse Performance?

Where a horse falls in the herd hierarchy can greatly affect his stress management and performance, says Kerry Thomas of THT Bloodstock. Herd hierarchy is based on emotional intelligence. About 85 percent of horses fall into the middle range of herd dynamics. The horses with the most power in a herd tend to be quieter. […]

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Equibase Adds Statistical Enhancements To Individual Profile Pages

Equibase Company announced enhancements on Monday to the individual profile pages available on equibase.com with the addition of statistical graphs and the ability to filter those graphs for every horse, jockey, trainer and owner. All data within the statistics tab of every profile page is now displayed via a graph in addition to being listed in a […]

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‘Contrary To Ordinary’: From Lead Pony To Racehorse And Back Again

Everyone knows that some Thoroughbreds require a little “beyond the ordinary” treatment to get make it to the races. For trainer Dan Pish, it was the colt Contrarytoordinary at Lone Star Park in 2016. “I named him this because the first time I took him out of the round pen he bolted and bucked with […]

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Over 500 Retired Racehorses Helped By New Vocations In 2017

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program had 398 retired Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses go through the program in 2017, a 10 percent increase from the previous year. Additionally, 125 horses remained in the program throughout the new year transition, receiving rehabilitative care or transitional training with hopes of placement in 2018. New Vocations received 976 applications […]

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Parx Changes Post Time On Each Live Racing Day Through May

Beginning this Saturday, February 3rd, Parx Racing in Bensalem, Penn. will move its regular post time to 12:55PM. The track currently offers live racing three days each week, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, with that schedule remaining in effect until the beginning of May.

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Study Suggests Race Training Too Hard For Equine Legs

In a recent Australian study, microscopic fractures were found in the front leg bones of nearly all euthanized racehorses—including those not put down for catastrophic breakdowns. The study found that older horses with longer careers had more bone damage, indicating that the injury accumulated because of chronic overload of the joints. Dr. Ebrahim Bani Hassan […]

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25th Retired Racehorse Adopted In New Vocations Pony Club Challenge

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is halfway to its goal of rehoming 50 retiring racehorses with United States Pony Clubs members. This rehoming effort is part of the New Vocations Pony Club Challenge program. The program is a unique partnership between the nation’s oldest and largest racehorse adoption program and the United States Pony Clubs, […]

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Seasonal and Gender-Related Weight Changes In Racehorses

Trainers expect body weight changes in Thoroughbreds as fitness ebbs and flows through conditioning and racing cycles, but few would anticipate fluctuations in weight based on season or sex. A recent study suggests that body weights of racehorses vary from season to season, and differences in energy metabolism might exist between sexes*. Seasonal weight changes […]

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A Thrilling New ‘Ride’ May Change The Face Of Racehorse Training

Roller coaster engineers have developed a new training system for racehorses and it looks like nothing that’s ever been seen before. Called the “Kurtsystem,” it’s the baby of Turkish racehorse owner Mehmet Kurt and was built on his Kingwood Stud. Constructed at a cost of £20million ($26,139,500), no riders are needed; instead, the horses are […]

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