Articles posted February 11, 2011

Headlines and features from the Thoroughbred industry

RCI Committee Wants Review of 'Urging'

The International Racing Regulatory Conference Committee of the Association of Racing Commissioners International held its first meeting Feb. 10 and called for a review of RCI Model Rules pertaining to "urging" in races.

Owner Gets to Buy Lemon Drop Kid Share

A California horse owner will be able to purchase a share in the stallion Lemon Drop Kid but his offer for a share in the stallion Kingmambo was picked up by other shareholders, meaning he will not get that share.

Infectious Respiratory Disease: PCR Testing Suggested (AAEP 2010)

Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a fast, accurate, quick, and easy testing method to diagnose pathogens associated with equine upper respiratory tract infections, and researchers on a recent study recommended that veterinarians pursue PCR in cases of infectious upper respiratory disease. Not only does it allow the veterinarian to pinpoint the causative ...

Catnip Oil Tested as Stable Fly Repellent

Anyone who's ever set foot on a farm has most likely encountered the plaguelike presence of Stomoxys calcitrans--otherwise known as stable flies. These pests are both an annoyance and a health risk for horses, but the results of a recent study indicate that a common treat for cats might be the answer barn managers are looking for.

Compounded Pergolide Comparisons (AAEP 2010)

Systemic effects of equine Cushing's disease, a common malady in older horses, have been controlled well in many horses with daily administration of pergolide. Until 2007 this medication was available for off-label use--the human product was available for purchase. Then, the FDA-approved product was removed from the human pharmaceutical market. The pr...

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