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Equine Online CE Courses Available from OSU

The Ohio State University's online continuing education (CE) Web site became available last February, bringing versatility to CE in the fast-paced veterinary profession. All courses are about an hour to 90 minutes in length and range in cost from $40 to $60.

Three new equine courses are now available via Online CE. Walter Threlfall, DVM, MS, PhD, ...

Kentucky Farm to Disperse 200 Thoroughbreds

The major Kentucky Thoroughbred farm that houses the great stallion Storm Cat announced Tuesday it is selling off nearly its entire stock of about 200 horses.

Overbrook Farm owner Bill Young Jr. explained he just wasn't cut out to continue operating a thoroughbred breeding facility with the same drive as his late father, William T. Young, who foun...

Kester News Hour, AAEP 2008

Every year equine veterinarians flock to the Kester News Hour session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention for reports on research that are too brief or new to be included in the scientific program. For the past two years, the fast-paced news broadcast format has been anchored by three renowned equine experts:

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HealthWatch: Stem Cell Therapy for Tendonitis

According to Dr. Alan J. Nixon of Cornell University, veterinarians might be able to treat horses with injuries to their superficial digital flexor tendons (SDFTs) effectively by injecting stem cells directly into the injured tendon using cells that were harvested and expanded from the horse's own bone marrow.

Belmont Contender Dunkirk to Undergo Fracture Repair

Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone and will undergo surgery June 9 at the brand new Ruffian Equine Medical Center across the street from Belmont Park. Patricia Hogan, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, will perform the operation.

"He wi...

Supreme Court Declines to Hear Racetrack, Casino Case

The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out a fight between Illinois' casinos and horse tracks over a state law that cropped up in the impeachment and indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The casinos object to a law that forces them to transfer of millions of dollars to the state's horse tracks.

Last year, the state Supreme Court un...

Farriery: Past, Present, and Future

Bill Moyer, DVM, professor of sports medicine and head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University, and the current AAEP vice president, began his discussion during the "Putting Science into Farriery" session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners by describing the state of ...

Horses Fine Following Belmont Efforts

Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird obviously loves New York. He loves it so much that he might return this summer to run at Saratoga Race Course in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy Stakes and the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes.

"We've discussed the Jim Dandy and the Travers with the owners (Drs. Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman)," said winning trainer Tim Ic...

Maryland Offers Horse Owner Pasture Walks

The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Equine Studies Program at the University of Maryland have partnered together to offer a Horse Pasture Walk on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The event will be held from 6-9:00 p.m. at the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration site located in Ellicott City, Md.

Participants will learn about best management...

TheHorse.com, UK Partner on New E-Newsletter

The Bluegrass Equine Digest, a monthly e-newsletter providing information from the equine research facility at the University of Kentucky and the university's new Equine Initiative, will launch June 28. It was developed through a partnership with UK's Gluck Equine Research Center and the Equine Initiative and presented by TheHorse.com and sponsor, Pfizer Animal Health.

Kentucky Horse Owner Education DVD Wins Award

HorseSmarts: Essential Advice for Today's Horse Owner, a 60 minute educational DVD created by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) and produced by Marvo Entertainment Group of Princeton, Ky., was recently awarded a 2009 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction by the International Academy of Visual Arts and the Communicator Awards.

The Communic...

Standardbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses

TheHorse.com and the U.S. Trotting Association have joined forces to create a Standardbred Adoption Service listing for horses offered free to good homes. This is designed after TheHorse.com's successful Thoroughbred Adoption Service.

The Standardbred Adoption Service will provide an Internet-based bulletin board for registered Standardbred raceho...

Health Watch: Foot and Limb Deformities

In a presentation to the American Association of Equine Practitioners on hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them, Dr. Bob Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington called for caution, especially in trying to use hoof trimming/extensions to correct a limb deformity.

AHC Sets Agenda for Horse Welfare Forum

The American Horse Council (AHC) is gearing up for what it calls "the most inclusive presentation on safety and welfare ever assembled"--a June 16 forum on equine welfare.

The forum, called "Welfare of the Horse," is the focus on this year's AHC National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. The event begins June 15 with committee and state horse counc...

Mine That Bird's Registration Papers Reported Stolen

Trainer Chip Woolley Jr., who trains Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, woke up the morning of June 2 to find his truck had been broken into at the Louisville hotel where he was staying. The registration papers for Mine That Bird were missing, along with the conditioner's GPS (global positioning system).

CEM Investigation Finds 21 Positive Stallions

The ongoing investigation into venereal disease contagious equine metritis has now located 21 stallions--one of which is now a gelding--positive for the causative organism Taylorella equigenitalis.

New Horse Owners Learn About Breeding Process

If there's one thing the horse industry needs, its new blood to fuel the sport. The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders' Association (TOBA) works each year to accomplish just that through its new owner seminars and breeding clinics, the most recent of which took place at Robert N. Clay's Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky., May 29. The three-day clinic will...

Belmont Stakes Home Track Receives Accreditation

The National Thoroughbred Racing Association (NTRA) announced the Thoroughbred racetrack Belmont Park, home of the Belmont Stakes, has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. The Elmont, N.Y., racetrack is the third racing facility to be so designated by the Alli...

Friesan Fire Sidelined

Vinery Stables' and Fox Hill Farm's Friesan Fire, who was made the favorite for this year's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) after three consecutive graded stakes wins this spring, has been sidelined for a couple of months due to an injury.

FBR Wins Telly Award for Equine Reseach Film

The Foundation for Biomedical Research announced its feature film Majestic has won a Telly Award in the 30th Annual Telly Awards competition. Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online film and video.

It's a Bird Positive After Oaklawn Handicap

It's a Bird, winner of the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III) on Memorial Day, could lose the purse from his April 4 victory in the Oaklawn Handicap (gr. II) as the result of a positive test for the prohibited substance naproxen, an anti-inflammatory medication.

HealthWatch: Update on EPM

EPM remains a rare cause of neurologic disease in horses -- less than 0.5% of horses are diagnosed with EPM annually in the United States. However, if you do the math, 0.5% of all the horses residing in the United States still amounts to several thousand horses diagnosed with EPM each year.

Laminitis: Cold Treatment in the Real World

From a layman's perspective, cryotherapy (use of cold for treatment) for horses at risk of or just beginning the acute phase of laminitis just makes sense. The laminae are inflamed, the hooves are hot to the touch, so let's cool them down and keep them cold. Researchers get that, too. But there are still some questions on how this method works, and there are some issues when it comes to real-world applications.

Kentucky Reports MRLS Cases

Kentucky Reports MRLS Cases

The University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) reported today (May 13) that two fetal necropsy cases had findings consistent with mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS), the disease that in 2001-2002 in Kentucky caused an estimated $336 in cumulative losses in all breeds of horses.

Improving Bone Chip Rehabilitation

If there is one thing most horsemen know well, it is the way things have always been done. The conventional paths to feeding, shoeing, training, and rehabilitating horses are processes that came to be tried-and-true for a reason: they usually accomplished the end goal. Today, the combination of research, technology, and, to some extent, an entrepreneurial...

Pennsylvania Racing to Regulate Corticosteroids

The Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission has adopted a policy whereby administration of corticosteroids in horses must be stopped seven days prior race day.

The regulation takes effect June 1, according to a policy directive signed May 4. The PHRC unanimously voted for the regulation April 15.

Injury to Scratched Derby Favorite I Want Revenge More Serious

The injury that kept I Want Revenge out of the May 2 Kentucky Derby will keep him from racing for months and threaten his career if he doesn't respond well to therapy, the horse's veterinarian said May 5.

Foster Northrop, DVM, said swelling in I Want Revenge's right front ankle, once considered only mild, progressed over the weekend, and an ultras...

Hoof Wall Separations and Quarter Cracks

Farrier Ian McKinlay, who received some notoriety in 2008 for his work patching Big Brown's feet, discussed his experiences with patching wall separations and quarter cracks so high-performance horses can go on with their work at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention, held Dec. 6-10 in San Diego, Calif.

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