Venezuelan, Former Veterinarian Lichoa Saddles First Gulfstream Stakes Winner

Alfredo Lichoa had always been around horses, from his time as a veterinarian in Venezuela to his years spent as a farm manager and thoroughbred consultant in Ocala. But it wasn’t until Saturday that the 56-year-old trainer recorded his first stakes victory when Lady Alida won the $75,000 Treasure Coast at Gulfstream Park at odds […]

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Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium To Be Held In Pittsboro, NC

The Carolina Equine Sports Medicine Symposium will be held at the Chatham County Agricultural Center in Pittsboro, NC, on June 29 and 30, 2019. Hosted by the Equine Podiatry Education Foundation (EPEF), the goal of this educational opportunity is to offer “thought-provoking lectures, demonstrations and discussions related to practical and futuristic ideas related to equine […]

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Stringhalt: War Of Will’s Post-Preakness Motion Isn’t Lameness

Savvy racing fans may have noticed a strange “hitch” in War of Will’s stride after his triumphant Preakness Stakes victory on Saturday, and several took to social media to express their concern about the colt’s well-being. There’s no need to worry about the 3-year-old son of War Front, trainer Mark Casse confirmed to the media […]

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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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Thirty-Six Veterinary Students Rewarded For Leadership, Commitment To Equine Medicine

Thirty-six veterinary students preparing for careers in equine medicine have received a combined $54,000 in financial support through the 2019 Winner’s Circle Scholarship Program, co-sponsored by the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ (AAEP) Foundation, Platinum Performance and The Race For Education. The Winner’s Circle scholarships, managed by The Race For Education, help ease the financial […]

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In Focus: Equine Eye Injuries

An equine eye injury always warrants a call to the veterinarian, whether it looks serious or not; at times an eye issue may not seem serious, but it can quickly escalates into a massive issue, which could include loss of vision in the affected eye. Horses are hardwired for stoicism, so they may not let […]

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Spring Strategies For Equine Wellness

Most horses begin “spring training” with a visit from their veterinarian. These trips generally involve spring vaccinations, dental exams and the completion of a Coggins test and a health certificate. The vet will also give the horse a thorough once over, evaluating the horse’s general body condition and health, as well as soundness. Many horses […]

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Association Of Racetrack Veterinarians, HBPA: Curtailing Lasix Won’t Reduce Injury Rates

The following statements were released Tuesday by the North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians (NAARV) and Eric Hamelback, CEO of the National Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (HBPA), regarding the recent breakdowns at Santa Anita and the issue of Lasix. From the NAARV: The membership of North American Association of Racetrack Veterinarians, both on site […]

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AVMA Asks Congress To End Equine Abuse With PAST Act

Soring is the act of intentionally inflicting pain on a horse’s legs or hooves to make them perform in a high-stepping, artificial gait. The act of soring is most often seen in Tennessee Walking Horses that are show horses, though the inhumane act is also inflicted on other gaited breeds like spotted saddle horses and […]

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