Kimberly S. Brown, Editor

  • Equine Rescue Places 123 Thoroughbreds in 2009

    Thoroughbred Placement and Rescue (TPR), a 501(c)(3) located in Upper Marlboro, Md., specializes in retraining and placing horses directly off of the racetrack to pleasure and show homes. In the past year, even with the downturn in the economy, TPR (as their fans fondly call them) still found homes for 123 horses. While this does not quite match their hig...

  • Emerging Neurologic Syndromes Discussed at World Equine Vet Meeting

    "The more we look for neurologic signs, the more we discover new syndromes," said I.G. Joe Mayhew, BVSc, FRCVS, PhD, Dipl ACVIM, ECVN, head of Equine Massey and professor of Equine Studies at Massey University in New Zealand, at the 2009 WEVA Congress. Mayhew gave several presentations, including an update on emerging neurologic syndromes.

  • Equine Osteoarthritis Update and New Targeted Therapies

    One of the world's leading clinicians and researchers in equine joints is C. Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Dipl. ACVS, University Distinguished Professor, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair in Orthopedics, and director of Orthopaedic Research at Colorado State University (CSU). At WEVA he presented an update on new therapies for osteoarthritis, a co...

  • Botulism Reviewed for World Equine Vets

    An overview of botulism was given at the 2009 WEVA Congress by Nathan M. Slovis DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, CHT (certified in hyperbaric oxygen therapy), director of the McGee Critical Care and Medical Center at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington, Ky.

  • Injured Jockey Fundraiser Postponed

    A sign of the economic hard times, the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund's annual Celebrity Team Penning competition at the Kentucky Horse Park has been postponed until spring, according to Fund co-founder Judy McCarron.

  • Update on Hoosier Park Equine Infectious Disease Outbreak

    The Associated Press today (Oct. 8) reported that 54 quarantined horses are being removed from the Hoosier Park racetrack in central Indiana after two other horses tested positive for Streptococcus equi (the bacterium that causes the disease strangles). On Oct. 1 Hoosier Park Racing & Casino detected two horses in the quarantine barn exhibiting fever,...

  • Equine Industry: Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse Registrations Down

    <P>The economy&nbsp;seems to be&nbsp;taking its toll on the registration of purebred horses. While the number of registered Quarter Horses at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) actually rose slightly from 2007-2008, that number is expected to drop nearly 20% from 2008-2009. The Jockey Club, the official registration body for the Thoroughbred br...

  • Kentucky Reports Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome 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 million in cumulative losses in all breeds of horses.

  • AAEP Racing Task Force Puts the Horse First

    <P>"We have a crisis in Thoroughbred racing," stated Scott Palmer, VMD, of New Jersey, a past president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and head of the AAEP Racing Task Force. <P>The AAEP Racing Task Force was conceived in Austin, Texas, at the organization's Focus meeting because of the country's outcry following the <A href=...

  • Potomac Horse Fever: Don't Ignore Fevers!

    Summer and fall are key seasons for the appearance of Potomac horse fever, which is caused by the bacterium Neorickettsia risticii. Don't be fooled by the name; Potomac horse fever originally was identified in 1979 as a sporadic disease affecting horses residing in the eastern United States near the Potomac River, but since that time it has been diagnosed...

  • TRPB Part of Horse ID Seminar

    One of the identification agencies that will be presenting information at the National Equine Identification Symposium in Chicago, Ill., July 28-Aug. 1, is the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau (TRPB). The TRPB is a national investigative agency formed in 1946. One of its functions is the lip-tattooing of Thoroughbreds for the purpose of racetrack ide...

  • Derby Decisions

    <P>Every competitive horse has normal wear and tear, just like human athletes. Horses on the road to the Kentucky Derby in Thoroughbred racing receive more media attention than probably any other equine athletes. So, when a spring season arrives, and when there is attrition in the upper ranks of 3-year-olds, it is seen and commented on by millions of peop...

  • Deadly Spring Syndromes

    <P>Good news travels fast in the horse business; bad news travels even faster. In the case of an outbreak of mysterious early fetal loss and late-gestation foal loss, cooperation and quick sharing of information served to help researchers investigate and track down a killer--maybe. <P>In several states this spring, including Ohio, West Virginia, and pos...

  • Thoroughbred Thermography Trials

    A three-month study of Thoroughbred horses in training at two racetracks has proven the benefit of thermography in competitive horses, said Tracy Turner, DVM, MS, Diplomate ACVS, of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. His goal was to see if thermography, which shows heat patterns given off by the horse, could help detect injuries e...