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New Zealand Study Shows Vet Students Need Hands-on Help

Many veterinary students are not as familiar with horses as students have been in years past, in part because many are raised in settings that are more removed from the farming lifestyle older veterinarians may have experienced. A recent study in New Zealand found that many vet students need to learn basic equine behavior and […]

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Tradition Plays Large Role In How Humans Act Around Horses

Australian researchers recently conducted a study on human interactions with horses, looking specifically at the perception of risk, influences on safety behavior and what has affected these behaviors and beliefs. The researchers determined that safety principles are influenced by tradition: the Western and Australian respondents were very vocal about their traditions, while the English and […]

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Harper: Del Mar Working Hard ‘To Put The Safety And Interest Of The Horses First’

Joe Harper is CEO of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. In April, Tiger Woods completed an amazing comeback to win the Masters. According to the Nielsen television ratings, 18.3 million people watched the final holes and Tiger get another green jacket. A few weeks later, when Country House was made the winner of the Kentucky […]

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Ryan Urges Tracks To Take A Good, Hard Look At Medical Protocol – And Not Just For Jockeys

In summer 2017, a groom collapsed in the paddock at Laurel Park while leading a horse, stricken by a heart attack. While the people immediately around him panicked, racetrack security knew exactly what to do – they called for a medical doctor to the paddock, and Dr. Kelly Ryan of Medstar Sports Medicine responded. Ryan […]

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Helping The Head Shy Horse

Horses can have a variety of reasons for not wanting to have their head or ears touched. These can include a physical issue that causes pain or a remembered issue that caused pain in the past. Not having the ability to touch a horse’s head is a safety problem: they may not let a person […]

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NYRA’s Enhanced Safety Initiatives Include Racing Surfaces, Race-Day Scrutiny

Live thoroughbred racing returned to Belmont Park on Friday, April 26 for its 48-day spring/summer meet, and the New York Racing Association, Inc. (NYRA) today highlighted its broad-based safety program currently in effect at all NYRA tracks. In addition to accreditation of each NYRA track by the National Thoroughbred Racing Association Safety and Integrity Alliance […]

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District Attorney Forms Task Force To Investigate Equine Fatalities At Santa Anita

Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced on Tuesday the formation of a task force to investigate the 23 equine fatalities at Santa Anita Park. The district attorney’s office has been working with the California Horse Racing Board to monitor Santa Anita since March 16, but the independent task force is new. “I have […]

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Hard To Breathe? Dusty Hay Hard On More Than Equine Lungs

Dusty hay can be hard on not just equine lungs, but human lungs as well. Emily Boyce was completing a project for her equine studies class at the Royal Agricultural University in Gloucestershire, England, that involved studying hay, when she discovered just how dirty working with hay can be. Emily was wearing a face mask […]

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Sedation For Equine Dental Work Keeps Vets Safe

Often when a horse has dental work done, he is sedated before the procedure begins, whether hand floats or power tools are used. The use of sedation is important to keep the veterinarian and the horse safe. A thorough dental exam includes the looking at the entire oral cavity: the inner and outer surfaces of […]

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‘New Normal’: Santa Anita Releases Plan For Safety, Welfare Procedures

As a thorough evaluation of Santa Anita’s main track continues, The Stronach Group (TSG) has announced several new safety and welfare measures which will be put in place when racing resumes at Santa Anita Park in the coming weeks. “We’re looking forward to returning to normal, but it will be a new normal,” said Tim […]

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