Horse Health

Health news, veterinary advice, and educational tools to keep your horse healthy.

  • Donegal Racing Supports Grayson-Jockey Club

    Donegal Racing, a leading Thoroughbred ownership syndicate, announced today that it will be donating the proceeds of two of its 2018 seasons to Keen Ice to Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

  • Randox Health Grand National Festival Begins at Aintree

    The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse will once again see Britain's leading equine welfare organizations and charities come together to highlight the welfare factors which affect Britain's horses.

  • Regulators Urged to Make Room for Betting Innovation

    After observing growth in race wagering forms that are not available to U.S. players, experts urged regulators April 6 to find ways to allow more innovation in betting to open the door for things like fixed-odds wagering and in-race wagering.

  • Eric Hamelback (left) addresses panel members Tom DiPasquale, Matt Iuliano, and Ed Martin at the ARCI conference April 4

    Panel Discusses When Racing Regulation Should Begin

    When representatives of The Jockey Club and the National HBPA both advised that a good point to begin regulating race horses may be when a Thoroughbred conducts its first recorded workout, the moment wasn't lost on at least one attendee.

  • ARCI Convention: Panel Raises Bisphosphonate Concerns

    Jeff Blea of the AAEP participated on a panel on the appropriateness of bisphosphonate use in race horses, especially in young horses, during the animal welfare forum April 4 at the ARCI conference on equine welfare and racing integrity.

  • Track Superintendents Share Expertise at Conference

    More than 80 entities, including racing venues in Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico, and France, were represented during the 17th annual Track Superintendents Conference Sunday-Tuesday at Oaklawn Park.

  • Alltech Ideas Conference Scheduled May 20-22

    The Alltech Ideas Conference, ONE 18, May 20-22 in Lexington, will provide equestrians with a unique opportunity to participate in a global conversation about industry innovations, challenges and trends.

  • The Player

    Optimism Following Surgery for The Player

    Owner-trainer Buff Bradley reported late March 26 that surgery on grade 2 winner The Player went well following his injury in the New Orleans Handicap (G2) March 24 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

  • Tom Tobin, Ted Shults, Hugh Gallagher, and Scott Stanley participate on a panel on contamination at the National HBPA convention March 16

    Horsemen's Panel Addresses Concerns About Contamination

    With the capabilities of drug-testing labs becoming ever more sensitive, a panel at the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association convention March 16 in New Orleans called for changes in rules, regulation, and on the backstretch.

  • Barn 10 Quarantine Lifted at Belmont Park

    Officials with the New York Racing Association,  New York State Veterinarian, and New York State Gaming Commission have removed the quarantine on Barn 10 at Belmont Park, effective March 9, following the conclusion of a 21-day quarantine period.

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    Health Zone: Diarrhea in Young Foals

    Intestinal infections can be deadly for young foals, especially in the first days and weeks of life. A clean environment, good care and monitoring, and being proactive to head off or deal with any problems are very important.

  • Racing at Turfway Park

    Quarantine Lifted at Turfway Park

    Following clear tests by all of the horses in barn 14 at Turfway Park and the required 14 days passing since the population was last exposed to equine herpesvirus-1, a quarantine on Barn 14 at the track has been lifted.

  • Morning activity in the barn area at Los Alamitos

    EHV-1 Positive Triggers Quarantine at Los Alamitos

    A pony based at Los Alamitos Race Course was euthanized and later tested positive for the "wild-type" strain of equine herpesvirus type 1, which forced a barn at the Southern California racetrack to go through quarantine procedures.

  • Finger Lakes Horsemen Target Insurance Expenses

    Thoroughbred horsemen at Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack have agreed to dip into revenues that the purse account receives from the track's casino to help subsidize rising insurance costs the industry pays for jockeys and exercise riders.

  • Terry Finley

    West Point's Finley Joins Water Hay Oats Alliance

    Finley shared his thoughts on supporting the Water Hay Oats Alliance's call for legislation that would have the United States Anti-Doping Association oversee racing's drug testing. Finley's thoughts, provided in a WHOA release, follow:

  • Scientific Study: Therapeutic Riding Decreases PTSD

    While organizers of therapeutic riding programs throughout the country can relay stories on how such programs can alleviate post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in military veterans, results of a scientific study now support those observations.

  • Whitham

    Hot Topics on National HBPA Convention Agenda

    When the National HBPA meets in March, it will tackle hot topics including sports betting and its possible effects on racing, stemming the dearth of backside employees, and horses' inadvertent exposure to recreational and prescription medications. 

  • Model rules on race-day Salix, commonly referred to as Lasix, call for administration four hours before a race

    Regulatory Changes Not Expected Following Lasix Studies

    Racing rule changes regarding the pre-race administration of furosemide (Salix, commonly called Lasix) appear unlikely following the results of a pair of studies that assessed the diuretic used to prevent exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage.

  • A pair of studies on Salix recently outlined their findings

    Lasix Study Backs Four-Hour Administration Time

    A study that has the potential to reshape the timing of Salix administration ahead of racing determined that the current four-hour timeframe is more effective than administering 24 hours out in reducing the severity of EIPH.

  • Gail Hughes

    Retired Farm Manager Gail Hughes Dies at 91

    Gail Hughes spent more than 60 years working with Thoroughbreds and in his free time enjoyed fox hunting with his wife Ruth. The all-horses, all-the-time hardboot died Jan. 18 in Carlisle, Ky. He was 91.

  • Quarantine on Belmont Park Barn is Lifted

    A quarantine at Belmont Park's Barn 44, in place for more than two weeks after a horse tested positive for Equine Herpesvirus-1, was lifted Jan. 26 by NYRA and the New York State Gaming Commission, which regulates the industry.

  • Bill Mott is pressing on with his lawsuit against the New York State Gaming Commission and the New York State Drug Testing Research Program

    Mott Vows to Fight New York Suspension and Fine

    An attorney for trainer Bill Mott said a Jan. 25 conference is scheduled with a NY State Supreme Court judge and lawyers for the state's gaming commission and drug testing director that will determine Mott's path as he tries to get sanctions lifted.

  • Oaklawn Issues Ban Amid EHV-1 Positives

    Following the news of equine herpesvirus-1 positives at both Belmont Park and Laurel Park,, Oaklawn Park announced Jan. 21 that horses stabled at either track will be prohibited from entering the Hot Springs, Ark., grounds until further notice.

  • A horse walks a shedrow at Belmont Park

    Second EHV-1 Positive Extends Quarantine at Belmont

    The New York Racing Association announced Jan. 19 that a "precautionary quarantine" at Belmont Park's Barn 44 remains in place after a horse that tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 again came back with a positive result in a follow-up test.

  • Hagyard Equine Merges With National Vet Network

    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington announced Jan. 19 a merger with Mixed Animal Veterinary Associates of North America, an umbrella organization for 22 equine, mixed animal, and companion animal veterinary practices in 11 states.