Bettina Cohen

The Golden Age of Horse Health

The American Association of Equine Practitioners is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2004, and will hold its 50th annual convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8. The AAEP was founded in December 1954, in Louisville, Ky., by 11 charter members and now boasts approximately 8,000 members in 57 countries. Based on past conference attendance averages, some 2,700 veterinarians, veterinary students, and technicians will be there, while guests and exhibitors in the trade show that accompanies the conference will bring the grand total to about 5,500.

A Sound Plan: <i>Focus on equine joint health</i>

New joint product development is being driven by an increased awareness of the need to treat joints without hurting the stomach--that is, without causing gastric ulcers. In June 2004, a product that delivers the strength of a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) in a topical cream formulation was approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for treating joint pain and inflammation in horses. Its name is Surpass Topical Anti-Inflammatory Cream. This new product and others for treating equine joints will be covered here.

Inner Peace: <i>Treating and preventing gastric ulcers</i>

A new product for preventing gastric ulcers in horses is due for release by the end of this year, when Ulcergard joins GastroGard as the second product approved by the federal Food and Drug Administration for ulcer management in the horse. On the more distant horizon, new developments in musculoskeletal pain management that are gentle on the stomach might one day arrive on the equine market, and that too could help prevent ulcers in racehorses.

Pasture Management and MRLS

In the spring of 2001, hundreds of mares in Central Kentucky lost their pregnancies in peculiar abortions attributed to mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). Since then, horse farm managers have gone back to square one in reviewing their pasture management practices.

TARA Seeks 'Social Security System' for Horses

Its ranks swelling as new groups form and apply for accreditation, the Thoroughbred Adoption and Retirement Associations is proposing a "social security system" for racing Thoroughbreds in the form of a registry that would recognize Thoroughbreds suited for a second career as sport or show horses.

Krone Emerges From Retirement to Win Sportsman's Challenge

Julie Krone, whose 1993 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) win on Colonial Affair broke the Triple Crown gender barrier, came out of retirement long enough to become the first female rider to win The Blood-Horse Sportsman's Challenge. On May 20, as part of the High Hope Steeplechase program, she booted home Glennwood Farm's Seignorial by a wide margin.

Krone Emerges From Retirement to Win Sportsman's Challenge

Julie Krone, whose 1993 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) win on Colonial Affair broke the Triple Crown gender barrier, came out of retirement long enough to become the first female rider to win The Blood-Horse Sportsman's Challenge. On May 20, as part of the High Hope Steeplechase program, she booted home Glennwood Farm's Seignorial by a wide margin.

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