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Reinforcing Reinforcement Breeding

It's common practice at some breeding farms--collecting the drippings from a stallion's penis after he breeds and dismounts a mare, evaluating the sample to confirm that ejaculation did occur, then placing the sample in the mare. Reinforcement breeding, as the last step of that procedure is called, was found to increase pregnancy rates by up to 11.7% in a...

The Quest to Conquer Laminitis

"Owners and trainers worldwide have the feeling that every veterinarian and every farrier have years of experience and vast knowledge about laminitis and podiatry (foot care). Unfortunately, this is not the case," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., and host of the Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium, he...

Cryptorchidism in Horses

Cryptorchidism is a congenital condition (i.e., the individual is born with it) in which one (unilateral) or both (bilateral) of the testes fail to descend into the scrotum. A number of common terms have been used to describe cryptorchids, including "rig," "false rig," and "ridgling." Embryologically, the testes develop high ...

Drug Testing: California Thoroughbred Owners Could Face Fines

Owners whose horses have repeated medication violations would be subject to tough new penalties under changes given initial approval by the California Horse Racing Board April 19.

Over the objections of the Thoroughbred Owners of California, the board unanimously approved monetary fines for owners as an added incentive to monitor their stables and tr...

Kentucky Equine Humane Center Officially Opens

Kentucky Equine Humane Center, which officially opened its doors April 16, offers shelter and care for unwanted horses of all breeds. Located near Lexington, the organization is headed by president Staci Hancock and executive director Lori Neagle.

UK Entomologists Issue Caution on Eastern Tent Caterpillars

The time is right for horse farms to implement control strategies. University of Kentucky experts report that eastern tent caterpillars and forest tent caterpillars are developing normally this spring with egg hatching complete and populations feeding, making this an optimal time for horse farms to assess caterpillar activity and implement control strategies while the larvae are still small and most susceptible.

RMTC Approves Sending Model Rules to RCI

The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) passed a model rule on anabolic steroids that will be forwarded to the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) for approval during the RCI Annual Convention April 23-27. After the RMTC receives input from the RCI, the model rule language will be released to the industry.

Final EHV-1 Quarantines Lifted in Florida

Final EHV-1 Quarantines Lifted in Florida

All quarantines in effect for horse farms and clinics due to the recent Equine Herpes Virus outbreak have been lifted, according to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, signaling the end of the immediate threat to Florida.

Stopping Steroids

Progress in racing's war on drugs started with a report in August 2000 from the National Thoroughbred Racing Association's Task Force on Racing Integrity and Drug Testing at The Jockey Club Round Table in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. The following year, the American Association of Equine Practitioners organized a "medication summit" held in conjunction with the...

Leptospirosis Getting an Early Start this Year

Researchers at the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have reported numerous early cases of leptospirosis, a bacterial disease that can cause a variety of equine problems, including abortion, a flu-like illness, and uveitis (moon blindness). Leptospirosis can spread from horses to humans.

House Passes Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the "Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act" (S. 3880) by voice vote Nov.13. The bill clarifies that it is a crime to damage or interfere with a legitimate, legal animal enterprise.

Barbaro Doing Well After Cast Removal

Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) winner Barbaro continues to improve following the removal of his right hind leg cast last week, according to his medical team.

Racehorse Welfare and Safety Recommendations Released

Racehorse Welfare and Safety Recommendations Released

A cross-section of prominent participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who participated in the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, on Oct. 16-17, have drafted recommended action plans in six areas to potentially improve conditions in various facets of the Thoroughbred industry.

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