Deirdre Biles

Nicholson: Expand Safety and Welfare Efforts in Horse Racing

Nick Nicholson, the president and chief executive officer of Keeneland, called for the Thoroughbred industry to expand its efforts to protect its participants--both human and equine--from injury on the opening day of the third Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit June 25 at the Lexington track.

Colic: In-Depth Discussion by Vets at AAEP

Almost all horses with colic can be saved if the problem is recognized quickly and treatment is instituted rapidly, said Anthony Blikslager, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of North Carolina State University, during the "In-Depth: Colic" portion of the 2009 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention's scientific program. The conven...

Lameness in Racehorses, AAEP 2009

When a racehorse is injured, one of the biggest concerns an owner has is whether or not the animal will be able to race again. The owner also wants to know if the horse will be able to perform as well as it did prior to being hurt. Travis Tull, DVM, and Hannah Wellman, BVSc, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., presented studies that ad...

Septic Arthritis and Racing Potential

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and veterinarians with Rossdale and Partners in England. The scientists evaluated the medical records of 69 foals treated for septic arthritis and compared each foal's ...

Genetically Speaking

Ireland is not a big country. It covers only 32,599 square miles, making it about the same size as Indiana. But Ireland plays a large and important role in the Thoroughbred industry. Some of the best runners in the world are raised on its limestone-enriched pastures. Two Irish-bred standouts-High Chaparral and Domedriver-won races at the 2002 Breeders'...

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