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New Stall Assists Neurologic Equines At Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center

An updated and expanded neurologic stall has been gifted to the Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) in memory of a beloved patient of the center. Just Java, owned by Karen Jones Squires and James Squires, succumbed to laminitis in 2015. The stall has been named the “Just Java” Neurologic Stall. The new stall […]

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Virginia Tech Crowdsourcing Capital To Make Helmets Safer

Virginia Tech is seeking donations for a new project to test equestrian helmets at their independent safety lab, which has been testing helmets for sports like football and cycling since 2011. So far researchers have raised, $11,000 of the $25,000 goal. Equestrian sport is the leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injuries — 45 percent […]

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Equine Medical Center Dedicates Renovated Youngkin Equine Soundness Clinic

Equine athletes of all kinds—from racehorses to hunters and jumpers to family companions—in the Mid-Atlantic region will now have access to an enhanced sports medicine facility in the heart of Virginia horse country. The Youngkin Equine Soundness Clinic in the Fout Barn at Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC) at Morven Park was dedicated […]

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Colic: Better Options, Better Outcomes

Although many colic cases are mild in nature, others can imperil your horse’s life and career and can require surgery. Today, because of advancements and innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of colic, the chances of survival and return to normal activity following colic surgery have never been better. Colic signs should always be taken […]

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Lost And Found Presented By Horseware: No Brakes Finds A New Speed

The 12-year-old gelding’s name still suits him. “No Brakes” doesn’t like to do anything slowly, from eating his dinner to moving across his pasture at the Virginia Tech Foundation’s Middleburg Agricultural Research and Extension Center (MARE). “Brakey” developed quite the fan following during his eight years on the racetrack. In 111 starts, the Maryland-bred son […]

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EHV-1: Separating Fact, Fiction, And Confusion

As Sunland Park and Turf Paradise remain under quarantine due to an outbreak of EHV-1 (equine herpesvirus), we turned to the experts for answers on this serious and highly contagious illness. According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, equine herpesvirus is found in most horses, though many of them do not become ill as […]

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Crowdfunding Generates $2.1 Million For Research Into Probiotic Efficacy Against Parasites

The first research crowdfunding project launched at the University of Kentucky helped secure an about $2.1 million, five-year, multiple species grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In January 2014, Martin Nielsen, an equine parasitologist, veterinarian and assistant professor at the UK Gluck Equine Research Center, launched the crowdfunding project, “Let the germs get the […]

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Three Chimneys Presents Good News Friday: Secretariat Lives On … in the Showring

As the 40th anniversary of Secretariat’s Triple Crown run has come and gone, Big Red’s blood seems to fade further into the distance of today’s Thoroughbred breeding. But in the sport horse world, that blood is still very much in demand. In 1988, the Mr. Prospector mare Sue Babe foaled a strapping bay colt by […]

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