Uncle Mo, the champion 2-year-old male of 2010, continues to exhibit positive signs of improving health and is on target to resume light training in about 10 days, WinStar Farm president Elliott Walden said June 7.
After seven weeks of extensive testing, it has been determined that 2010 champion 2-year-old male Uncle Mo has an inflamed liver.
Owner Mike Repole said a decision on whether Uncle Mo will run in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) will be made late Thursday, May 5, or early the next day.
Todd Pletcher's pair of classic contenders take to the slop May 1 at Churchill Downs. Onwer Mike Repole watches on as Uncle Mo gets five furlongs in 1:01 3/5.
The Kentucky House Agriculture and Small Business Committee moved Feb. 17 to provide more protection for the horse.
A group of equine veterinarians have formed the Equine Health and Welfare Alliance, which will be "dedicated to the proper care and maintenance of the horse and all equines," according to a release.
Madelyn Millard, president of the Kentucky Horse Council board, welcomed three new members Aug. 6: Latonna Wilson, Dr. Doug Byars, and Kristin Hix.
Necropsies from the two horses affected by neurologic signs at Churchill Downs showed the horses had lesions consistent with equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (damage to the brain and/or spinal cord). Three other horses are currently showing neurologic signs.
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.
Thoroughbred foals with symptoms similar to those associated with last year's Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome are being brought to veterinary clinics in Central Kentucky, officials said Monday.
Prominent Central Kentucky stallion Kris S. was relieved temporarily of stallion duty two weeks ago at Kenny Troutt and Bill Casner's WinStar Farm near Versailles because of cervical pain.
Consignors who represent the majority of yearlings catalogued to the Keeneland July select sale have agreed to have ultrasound examinations conducted on their horses to confirm the absence of pericarditis.
Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Haygard-Davidson-McGee veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., reported that examinations on three farms of 150 Thoroughbred yearlings revealed no incidence of pericarditis.
The incidence of known pericarditis cases in Central Kentucky has reached nearly 60 horses. At least a dozen horses have died because of the condition, which produces inflammation of, and fluid in, the sac surrounding the heart.
Additional cases of pericarditis are occurring in Kentucky and possibly other states (including Ohio), with the problem now claiming lives, according to Dr. Doug Byars, head of the internal medicine unit at Hagyard-Davidson-McGee (HDM) veterinary firm in Lexington, Ky., who said veterinarians at his clinic and those at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital are starting to see horses previously treated for pericarditis returning to the clinics with more heart problems.
Following are some of the questions and answers from the informational meeting Thursday about Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.
The third week of May in Central Kentucky was marked by cautious optimism, with the slowing of early fetal and late-term gestation loss, growing frustration among industry professionals, and much-needed rain. The Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center has received more than 500 dead fetuses/foals this spring. Some veterinarians are predicting that the 2001 Kentucky foal crop could be reduced 5% to 10%, and the 2002 foal crop might drop 30% to 40% or more.
After testing numerous pasture samples for mycotoxins, endophytes, and other possible causes to the problems in Kentucky, tests have shown higher than expected levels of a mycotoxin called zearalenone, according to Dr. Steve Jackson, a consultant for Bluegrass Equine Nutrition. Jackson and other presenters stressed that zearalenone has not been pinpointed as the definitive cause to the problems.
The University of Kentucky Disease Diagnostic Center reported Thursday that a total of 386 aborted/stillborn equine fetuses/foals had been submitted for diagnostic testing/evaluation since the problem first arose late last month.
Two "syndromes" that began near the end of the third week of April are causing Central Kentucky farms to lose an excessive number of foals and fetuses due to an as yet unknown cause. The first syndrome results in what mare owners know as "red bag," or premature placenta separation where the placenta comes out before the foal, often causing the foal to suffocate if the birth is unattended. The second syndrome was discovered around May 1 when veterinarians began routine 60-day fetal checks and discovered that many mares either were empty (not pregnant), or were in the process of losing their pregnancies. Some farms have experienced losses ranging from 25-75% of next year's foal crop. And there is no evidence that this problem is slowing down.
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