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  • Ohio Plans 'Comprehensive' Cobalt Study

    The Ohio State Racing Commission announced April 28 it will partner with Ohio State University on what it called a "comprehensive" study on the mineral cobalt and its potential effects on racehorses.

  • Vets Address Ohio Commission on Medication

    Racetrack veterinarians told the Ohio State Racing Commission April 28 they support uniform medication policies, but because their top priority is the welfare of the racehorse, the state's rules should remain in place.

  • Broad Horse-Protection Plan Floated by RCI

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International will put out for comment a broad equine welfare proposal that would sanction anyone found to have used excessive amounts of substances to the detriment of racehorses.

  • RCI Board Approves Cobalt Regulations

    The Association of Racing Commissioners International board of directors April 23 approved a testing threshold level and penalties for the mineral cobalt, a naturally occurring substance in racehorses.

  • Equine Veterinarian Priest Joins WHOA

    Prominent equine veterinarian Dr. Gary T. Priest has joined the Water Hay Oats Alliance, noting that he favors therapeutic medications for horses, but agrees they should be discontinued several days before a horse races.

  • Shared Belief

    Shared Belief Diagnosed With Hip Fracture

    Mike Smith likely saved multiple grade I winner Shared Belief from additional injury by pulling him up in the April 18 Charles Town Classic (gr. II), as diagnostic work revealed a non-displaced fracture of his right hip.

  • RMTC Committee Approves GABA Threshold

    The executive committee of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has approved a uniform testing threshold of 110 parts per billion (ppb) in blood for the naturally occurring amino acid gamma-aminobutyric acid.

  • Federal Bill Expected for Drug Regulation

    Racing industry officials said they again expect to see federal legislation filed this year that would authorize the United States Anti-Doping Agency to oversee equine medication and drug testing procedures.

  • U.S. Alleges Conspiracy at Penn National

    A review of federal court records outlining the criminal cases against four Penn National veterinarians reveals that the vets alledgedly followed the trainers' orders on what medications should be administered to horses.

  • Four Penn National Vets Face Federal Charges

    In a move that sounded a lot like the other shoe dropping, federal criminal charges have been filed against four racetrack veterinarians involved in treating horses at Penn National Race Course near Grantville, Pa.

  • RMTC Board Announces Cobalt Threshold

    The board of directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) today announced that a uniform threshold for cobalt regulation in the U.S. was approved at its March 24 meeting at Gulfstream Park.

  • Op-Ed: U.S. Must Get Tougher on Cobalt

    Setting the testing threshold for cobalt chloride has become the challenge of racing regulators. North American racing has been well behind in its application of a satisfactory testing threshold applied across all states.

  • Ohio Begins Fact-Finding on Medication Policy

    As the Ohio State Racing Commission begins a comprehensive review of its medication rules and examines the National Uniform Medication Program, it has a hired a longtime veterinarian to consult on policies and procedures.

  • Grayson-Jockey Club Funds 19 Projects

    The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has approved a budget of $1,100,500 to fund research in 2015, including 10 new projects, seven second-year projects, and two career development awards.

  • Regulation of Cobalt Slowly Moving Forward

    The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium may be close to recommending policy on the endogenous element cobalt, which when administered in high doses is believed to enhance production of red blood cells.

  • Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races

    Charles Town Continues CANTER Support

    For the seventh consecutive year, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races is providing funding to CANTER Mid-Atlantic for the organization's ongoing program to rehabilitate and find homes for former racehorses.

  • Gleeson Named to Grayson Research Position

    Garrett Gleeson, who has developed and executed major gift campaigns for a variety of charitable organizations, has been named director of development and major gifts for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

  • Consider SDFT Attachment Problems in Lame Horses

    Many veterinarians agree that 90% of equine lamenesses originate in the foot. But if it’s not in the foot, there are many other areas where lameness can hide. One area practitioners should examine if a horse is hind-limb lame is where the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) attaches to the hock, suggests Sue Dyson, MA, Vet MB, PhD, DEO, FRCVS, ...

  • Complications Related to Intrauterine Marbles

    While breeders might try anything to get their mares into heat, some other mare owners will try anything to keep their mares out of heat. From aggressive behavior to performance problems, some mares can turn into different animals when they're in estrus. Fortunately, veterinarians have many options by which to keep mares out of heat. One common techni...

  • CHRB Rule Would Void Claim if Horse Bleeds

    A provision voiding the claim of a horse placed on the veterinarian's list for bleeding was approved for a 45-day public comment period by the California Horse Racing Board, though members expressed their concerns.

  • Mending Tendon and Joint Injuries with PRP

    What makes recommendations for regenerative therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) inexact is that these approaches are based in biology, not chemistry, said Lisa A. Fortier, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, of Cornell. Each preparation is just as variable and unique as one horse is to the next. Recognizing this can go a long way in setting clients’ expe...

  • Give Your Horse a Breath of Fresh Air This Winter

    Take a look around your barn, what do you see? Horses in their half-mucked stalls with straw or shavings and a wheelbarrow and pitchfork right outside; the tractor running at the barn door; hay bales piled outside stalls and at the end of the shedrow; a fan on the floor; piles of blankets, coolers, slinkies, bandages, and wraps; dusty shelves covered with...

  • Anabolic Steroids Still Issue in U.S. Racing

    In 2014, U.S. horse racing appeared on pace to register its fewest positive drug tests for anabolic steroids since the industry moved to outlaw the drugs from racing in 2008-09. But recent events in Maryland changed that.

  • Eye Problems in Neonatal Foals

    Just because your hours-old newborn foal hasn't had time to stick a piece of hay in his eye or find something to slice his eyelid on doesn't mean he's immune to ophthalmic problems. In fact, eye problems are quite prevalent in neonates, and at the 2014 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 6-10 in Salt Lake City, U...

  • How to Build an Automatic Milking Device for Orphan Foals

    The old adage says that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. So when the sister of an employee at Waller Equine Hospital, in Texas, found herself with an orphaned foal, unable to secure a nurse mare and unable to easily provide the frequent feedings the foal needed to thrive due to a busy schedule, the clinic staff got going.

  • Managing Foal Rejection

    Your long-awaited foal is almost here. You can't wait to watch your mare lick her youngster dry, gently nuzzle his rump as he nurses, and graze next to him in the pasture. But when he makes his entrance into the world, your mare wants nothing to do with him. She pins her ears, tosses her head, and moves away as he wobbles towards her. She's reject...