The racing Thoroughbred is trapped between a rock and a hard place. The rock is speed, which evolved slowly by natural selection for 50 million years, then rapidly by human hand the last 500. The hard place is where we find our ward today, beset by vulnerable feet, a grain-bothered gut, hot behavior, bleeding lungs, a sloping vulva, gastric ulcers, tying-...
Reported equine abortions in Central Kentucky are down for the third week in a row and overall abortions for 2003 are drawing even with the 2002 numbers.
Two additional positive tests for the Equineherpes-1 virus Feb. 26 at Penn National Race Course have prompted Philadelphia Park to extend its ban on shipping into and out of the Grantville, Pa., track to March 19. Racetracks in neighboring West Virginia have also decided to implement the shipping restriction as a precaution.
Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's board of directors has approved funding of $748,116 for a slate of 19 research projects for 2003. The research funded in 2003 will take place at 11 universities in the United States and Canada and includes the launch of 10 new projects and the conclusion of nine two-year projects begun last year.
For the second week in a row, equine abortions were down in Kentucky, but the cumulative total remained ahead of last year's pace, based on information released by the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center on Feb. 24.
The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation board of directors has approved $748,116 in funding for 19 research projects for 2003. It increases the organization's total for equine research since 1983 to more than $10 million.
Following his in-depth presentation on bone remodeling and bucked shins (see article #4066 at www.TheHorse.com), David M. Nunamaker, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, Jacques Jenny Orthopedic Surgery Chair at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, continued the Milne State of the Art Lecture at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners Co...
The Milne Lecture at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention is also known as the State of the Art Lecture because each Milne Lecture, regardless of topic, is selected for its groundbreaking qualities and potential to change the paradigms by which veterinarians and researchers understand that topic in the horse. This year’s Miln...
Equine researchers at Colorado State University's James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital are developing a faster and simpler test to determine a horse's level of exposure to strangles.
The United States Department of Agriculture has issued a full license to Fort Dodge Animal Health for its West Nile virus vaccine based on the results of efficacy studies completed and submitted to the USDA.
A small outbreak of equine herpes at Penn National Racecourse has prompted management of Philadelphia Park to bar horses shipping in to race as well as horses shipping out to "race and return" from the Grantville, Pa. oval.
Through the first seven weeks of the year, the number of equine abortions remained up in Kentucky when compared to 2002.
The number of mares bred in Kentucky in 2002 -- the year after mare reproductive loss syndrome first hit -- fell by 3.4% from 2001, but the state's broodmare population remains 33% higher than it was a decade earlier, according to figures released by The Jockey Club.
Jockey Jerry Bailey may have a decision to make after riding Stonerside Stable's Congaree to a comfortable victory in Sunday's $250,000 San Antonio Stakes (gr. II) at Santa Anita for trainer Bob Baffert.
Kentucky's horse industry is proceeding with a plan to develop a computerized equine reproductive health monitoring system at the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) after hearing and approving a proposal Monday from a Virginia-based epidemiologist.
Because of the proposed link of the Eastern tent caterpillar and Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome, the Grayson/Jockey Club Research Foundation and the University of Kentucky held an informational session Friday to discuss controlling and eradicating caterpillars.
The abortion rate in Central Kentucky is up significantly from a year ago. But scientists aren't sure why there has been an increase.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (KTA) is working in conjunction with the University of Kentucky, horsemen, and veterinarians to develop a computer program that would help the equine industry detect health problems like mare reproductive loss syndrome more rapidly.
A discussion of work being performed to help eradicate Eastern tent caterpillars will be held at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sales pavillion in Lexington, Ky. at 9 a.m. (ET) on Friday, Jan. 31.
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'...
Michael Goodbody is the managing director of Gainsborough Stud Management near Newbury, England. He delivered the following speech to the Thoroughbred Breeders Association (TBA) at its annual awards dinner in London on Jan. 7.
I would now like to touch on the important points that breeders should consider when planning to mate their mares with the...
A University of Kentucky entomologist is hoping to soon discover the safest and most effective way to destroy the eastern tent caterpillars believed responsible for the outbreaks of mare reproductive loss syndrome experienced in Kentucky and neighboring states over the last two years.
The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center reports a slight rise in the number of equine abortions compared to 2002 figures. The report comes less than a week after veterinarians and scientists met for a "Think Tank" meeting on mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).
Horse racing has far more stringent medication regulations than most other equine disciplines, and this was reflected in the Racehorse Medications Table Topic discussion at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention on Friday, Dec. 6. The majority of the discussion revolved around the legality of using various medications and their...
The 2002 pasture-monitoring program for mare reproductive loss syndrome produced key information about Kentucky's pastures, but tests will continue in 2003 as a definitive cause for the syndrome is sought.
“Juvenile bowed tendons, or ‘baby bows,’ are not uncommon in yearlings and weanlings,” said Johanna Reimer, VMD, Dipl. ACVIM, Dipl. ACVC (cardiology), of the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., at the 2002 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention. In her presentation “Enlarged Superficial Digital Flexor Tendons in Immature Th...
The number of 2002 foals nominated to the Breeders' Cup program is down 8% from last year, largely due to mare reproductive loss syndrome, which resulted in the loss of nearly 20% of the pregnancies of Kentucky-based mares when it swept through the region in the spring of 2001.
By Jenny Taylor -- The culprit for MRLS was an unseasonable weather-induced pasture change, which caused pregnant mares to have an acute nitrogen overload, and subsequent ammonia-induced abortions.
An unusual outbreak of the bacterial disease "pigeon fever," also known as dryland distemper, has been occurring in Kentucky over the past three weeks, according to Dr. Doug Byars, a specialist in internal medicine and equine critical care.
California's Dr. Jack Robbins shared some of his favorite memories and sounded off on current medication policy as the honor guest of the Thoroughbred Club of America's 71st annual Testimonial Dinner, held Friday evening at Keeneland.
President Eric Hamelback gave a sense of urgency as he opened the most recent meeting of the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers' Club, saying "we need to make plans for control now."
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle that is known as mare reproductive loss syndrome.
Researchers at the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center have uncovered one more piece in the puzzle relating to Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
Pathologists at the Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center in Lexington, Ky. noticed that a few more fetal losses were being seen than was usual during August, September, and October.
The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture on Friday released the results from a collaborative project involving Eastern Tent caterpillars and mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS).
Finding a way to rid Central Kentucky horse farms of Eastern Tent Caterpillars is the goal of a new $50,000 study financed by the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.
The Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club will host a meeting on Nov. 3 at the Embassy Suites on Newtown Pike to discuss Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome (MRLS) in 2003.
Two researchers believe weather conditions and pasture grass caused Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
Few dispute that nutrition is important for athletic performance in racehorses. However, I'd wager that there is much less agreement among horse owners, nutritionists, and veterinarians when asked to expound upon the "nitty gritty" of what works (and what doesn't) when feeding a horse in race training. Some focus on the virtues of the latest fad supple...
Magic Weisner, who burst onto the national stage after finishing just three-quarters of a length behind War Emblem in the Preakness Stakes (gr. I) is back at the track and could return to training within the next three weeks after contracting the West Nile virus.
Fort Dodge Animal Health has just received approval from the United States Department of Agriculture to release the follow abstract regarding the West Nile virus vaccine. This paper will be presented at the OIE meeting "Vaccines for OIE list A and Emerging Diseases" in Ames, Iowa, on Sept. 15.
Magic Weisner, the Preakness runner-up recovering from West Nile virus, was to have been released Thursday, Sept. 12, from the New Bolton Center in Pennsylvania. But veterinarians at New Bolton decided to keep the 3-year-old gelding a couple of more days, according to Dr. Bob Vallance, the horse's Maryland veterinarian.
Magic Weisner, the popular gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Monday with West Nile Virus, said Dr. Bob Vallance, a Maryland veterinarian.
Magic Weisner, the Preakness and Haskell Invititational runner-up, continues to show improvement from treatments he is receiving at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center. The 3-year-old is being treated with anti-inflammatory medications for the signs of encephalitis.
There seems to be little doubt that musculoskeletal injury--including injury to bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments--is a major problem for Thoroughbred racehorses. This impression has been borne out by studies of "wastage" in the racing industry, where wastage describes the losses that occur during the training and racing of a horse. In some studies...
The scientific community wrapped up a two-day workshop at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center Aug. 28 with a thorough review of research into mare reproductive loss syndrome, and some ideas on how to proceed in 2003.
Many Marion County, Fla., horse farm owners took the advice of their veterinarians seriously and vaccinated their horses against the vector-borne West Nile virus last autumn. It has resulted in a decrease in the number of cases in 2002.
Officials with the Jefferson County, Ky. Health Department said that at least one mosquito infected with West Nile Virus has been found at Churchill Downs.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced late on Wednesday, Aug. 21, that six more horses had been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in the state. None had been vaccinated. Five of the horses are alive and one was euthanized on Aug. 19. This brings the total number of confirmed horses in the state to 25.
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