Prince Lucky Discharged, Will Continue Recovery At Payton Training Center

Prince Lucky has officially been discharged from the equine hospital, trainer Todd Pletcher reported on his Twitter account on Friday. The 5-year-old gelding underwent successful surgery to repair bilateral sesamoid fractures to his right-front leg in mid-December, and will continue his recovery at the Payton Training Center in Ocala, Fla. The two-time graded stakes winner […]

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A Honey-do List For Colic Surgeries

Colic is one of the most common equine ailments. It can be caused by a plethora of things, including grain overload, impaction, gas, parasite infection and sand ingestion. Nearly three percent of horses colic a year, reports The Horse. Of these, nearly 17 percent require colic surgery. Between 11 and 42 percent of the horses […]

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Prince Lucky Diagnosed With Bilateral Sesamoid Fractures; Surgeon ‘Optimistic’ He Can Be Saved

Multiple graded stakes winner Prince Lucky will have surgery this week to repair bilateral sesamoid fractures in his right front ankle, trainer Todd Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form on Sunday morning. The 4-year-old gelding by Corinthian, the second choice in Saturday’s G3 Harlan’s Holiday Stakes at Gulfstream Park, was pulled up sharply by jockey […]

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Lumpy, Bumpy Legs: Is It A Popped Splint?

Small metacarpal and metatarsal bones on each side of the cannon bone that run from the knee to just above the fetlock, commonly called “splint bones,” are the remnants of prehistoric equine toes. Horses can damage their splint bones in multiple ways, including from poor conformation, repeated concussion, direct trauma and poor farriery. Damaged splints […]

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Study: Horse Owners More Confident In Colic Recognition Than They Should Be

A 2014 survey of 1,331 horse owners revealed crucial gaps in horse owner’s knowledge of colic and how to respond to an episode of it. This lack of knowledge was the driver behind the creation of the REACT To Beat Colic campaign in Britain, which was developed by the University of Nottingham and the British […]

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Laparoscopic Vasectomies: The Key To Standing Castration?

The castration of stallions, called gelding, is common in horses that are not expected to take on breeding duties. Typically, a male’s testes are completely removed, which helps moderate unwanted behavior and limits unintended reproduction. Vasectomies, while common in human medicine, are not often performed in horses. This type of surgery involves the severing of […]

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‘Tougher Than A Nickel Steak’: Ouzts Recuperating From Shoulder Surgery, But He’ll Be Back

The seventh-winningest jockey in Thoroughbred racing with 7,065 wins to his name, Perry Wayne Ouzts has long been a familiar face on the southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky racing circuits. At 65 years young, Ouzts has been temporarily sidelined by injury, but his faithful fans believe the jockey won’t be out of the saddle for […]

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Omaha Beach ‘A Go’ For Aug. 25 Shared Belief Stakes

The early favorite for this year’s Kentucky Derby before he was scratched due to an entrapped epiglottis, Fox Hill Farm’s Omaha Beach is nearing his return to racing. According to, the 3-year-old War Front colt breezed six furlongs at Del Mar on Monday in 1:13.60, putting him on track for the Aug. 25 Shared Belief […]

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Online Survey Seeks To Understand Decisions Surrounding Colic

Horse owners from around the globe are invited to complete an online survey on colic. The findings will help create resources and recommendations for equine owners and caretakers to recognize and diagnose the condition. Researchers at Britain’s University of Nottingham have shown that colic is the most common emergency condition and it is the most […]

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