Evangeline Downs Cancels Training; Management Orders All Horses, Personnel Off The Backside

Evangeline Downs, operated by Boyd Gaming, has not only postponed it’s 2020 Thoroughbred race meet until further notice, but a mass text sent to horsemen on Monday also cancelled morning training hours and ordered all horses and personnel off the backside by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. The Thoroughbred meet was scheduled to start […]

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Responses Needed For Equine Behavior Study

In an effort to explore how training and management influence equine behavior, and how this behavior affects equine welfare, scientists at the University of Sydney have designed a questionnaire that will eventually allow for the creation of a global database of equine behavior. Called the Equine Behavior Assessment and Research Questionnaire (E-BARQ), the survey is […]

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British Horse Welfare Board Develops Plan For Lifetime Tracking Of OTTBs

Britain’s Horse Welfare Board has created a strategic plan to track British racehorses for their entire lives. The report, entitled A Life Well Lived, envisions rolling out this change and others over the next five years; the board notes that this is just one step in the process of ensuring racehorses in Britain are safe. […]

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Godolphin Flying Start Partners With Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center

The Godolphin Flying Start Program has been a well-respected organization that prepares students for a future in the racing industry since its inception in 2003. Focused on Thoroughbred breeding and racing, students now receive education on responsible equine aftercare, as well. This year, from January to July, when the Flying Start trainees are in Kentucky, […]

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Japan’s Third Retired Racehorse Clinic Resounding Success

Boyd Martin, a Olympic competitor for the United States in the eventing discipline, returned to Japan last week to help with the Retired Racehorse Clinic. Eventing Nation reports the clinic offers participants the opportunity to lesson with world-class horseback riders who ride and train off-track Thoroughbreds. Hosted by the National Riding Club Association of Japan […]

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Fatigue A Key Factor In Soft Palate Issues In Racehorses

New research shows that fatigue plays a key role in the displacement of the soft palate in racehorses during exercise, resulting in poor performance. As horses can breathe only through their nose, when the edges of the soft palate cover the epiglottis during exercise, called Dorsal Displacement of the Soft Palate (DDSP), the horse cannot […]

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Asymmetrical Movement In Horses: Pain Or Biology?

Uneven movement in horses is common; while this asymmetrical movement raises suspicions of mild lameness, may owners consider their horses sound. Drs. Emma Persson-Sjodin, Elin Hernlund, Pia Haubro Andersen, Marie Rhodin, Thilo Pfau and Karin Holm Forsström wanted to discover if the asymmetry is indicative of pain or disease, or if it is simply a […]

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Horses: Some Like It Hot; Others Don’t

Warm weather is already arriving in some parts of the country and while most horses are able to exert energy without worry during the hot and humid weather, other horses struggle. Fitness and conditioning can help a horse’s cardiovascular system move heat from the muscles to the skin, where the heat is evaporated from sweat […]

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Country House Sent To Rood & Riddle, ‘Responding Well’ But Will Miss Belmont

The official Kentucky Derby winner Country House has been ruled out of the G1 Belmont Stakes, according to the Daily Racing Form. Trainer Bill Mott confirmed that the 3-year-old had been sent to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington after becoming slightly ill earlier this week. “We sent him to the clinic to get […]

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