Horse Health

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  • Track Superintendents Conference Scheduled for June

    Biosecurity, racetrack geometry, and best-practice turf management are among topics to be discussed at the 16th annual Track Superintendents Conference, set for June 11-13 at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minn., near Minneapolis. 

  • Racing regulators want to place more investigators on the backstretch

    Regulators Discuss Adding Backstretch Investigators

    In an era where some states have faced cuts to their budgets, racing regulators talked April 19 about creative ways to place more investigators on the backstretch as a way of discovering wrongdoing and deterring future bad behavior.

  • Robert O'Neil (left) and Scott Palmer discuss veterinary records

    Vet Records Benefit Regulators, Horsemen

    In a panel on veterinary records April 18 at the ARCI conference, several veterinarians who oversee such records programs said the benefits for safety, integrity, regulatory research, and horsemen far outweigh concerns of privacy.

  • Ed Martin

    Regulatory Conference This Week in Charleston

    Many of the country's leading regulators will listen to panels and presentations on drug testing and enforcement, policing of the backstretch, and promotion of the sport when they gather this week in Charleston, S.C.

  • Upcoming New Bolton Lecture Focuses on Laminitis

    Dr. Andrew van Eps, Associate Professor of Equine Musculoskeletal Research at New Bolton Center, will discuss different approaches for successful prevention and treatment of laminitis, as part of the First Tuesday Lecture series May 2. 

  • Health Zone: 03-18-17

    Health Zone: AAEP Convention Coverage

    This past December more than 5,400 veterinarians, students, and industry members from 48 countries convened in Orlando, Fla., for five days of continuing education at the 2016 American Association of Equine Practitioners annual convention.

  • Healthzone: 02-25-17

    Health Zone: Dealing with Premature Foals

    Occasionally a mare will foal too early, and the foal arrives prematurely. Foals born at less than 320 days’ gestation are considered premature, and chances for survival decrease considerably if a foal comes earlier than 300 days.

  • Dr. Andy Roberts

    Out-of-Competition Rule Examined at HBPA Convention

    Dr. Andy Roberts, speaking March 11 at the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association's convention, said an out-of-competition rule approved by the Association of Racing Commissioners International could have unintended impact.

  • Grayson-Jockey Club Approves Record Research Budget

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's board of directors has approved a 2017 budget of $1,483,542 to fund 11 new equine research projects, eight renewing two-year studies, and two career development awards. 

  • Texas A&M Names Lamb Head of Animal Science

    Dr. Cliff Lamb has been named department head for animal science at Texas A&M University in College Station, according to Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

  • Trainer Jamie Ness

    Florida Consent Order Sees Ness Suspended 100 Days

    Trainer Jamie Ness will serve a 100-day suspension and pay a $4,800 fine in a settlement with Florida that resolves a dozen post-race test positives for the bronchodilator Clenbuterol dating from December 2012-March 2014.

  • Kentucky Rescinds Dextrophan Positives

    Citing research that suggests the metabolite of Dextromethorphan can stay in a horse's system at a wider variance of time than previously realized, the KHRC earlier this year dropped sanctions in three cases where the metabolite was discovered.

  • Otabek Umarov

    Under Agreement, Trainer Umarov Suspended Five Years

    The KHRC on Feb. 21 settled its case against Otabek Umarov, suspending the trainer for five years in a case involving Umarov's refusal to allow an out-of-competition sample to be collected from Looks to Spare on April 30, 2016 at Churchill Downs.

  • Fair Grounds Scenic

    Final Horses Out of Isolation at Fair Grounds

    The final horses remaining in the testing protocols for the equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1) outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots have returned two negative tests and have been released back into the general horse population on the backstretch.

  • Quarantine Lifted on One Keeneland Barn

    The Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian reports that a quarantine, put in place last month after horses tested positive for equine herpesvirus 1, has been lifted on one of two Rice Road barns at Keeneland.

  • With Eye Toward Uniformity, Kentucky Reviews Drug Rules

    After an in-depth review of its racing medication rules relative to the Association of Racing Commissioners International’s recommendations, a Kentucky council is recommending penalty classification changes for a pair of medications.

  • Keeneland

    Single EHV-1 Positive Discovered at Keeneland

    Following tests of horses quarantined at two Keeneland barns following a positive for equine herpesvirus "wild strain" reported Jan. 21 at Turfway Park, a single horse at the Lexington track tested positive for EHV-1.

  • The New York State Gaming Commission is moving forward on new drug testing and recordkeeping rules.

    New York Regulators Act on Drug Testing, Records Rules

    New York racing regulators on Jan. 23 gave preliminary approval to an expansion of equine drug testing and recordkeeping rules, as well as to set a minimum set of penalties to be imposed on trainers and others with repeated equine drug violations.

  • Gun Runner

    Gun Runner Likely Out of Pegasus World Cup

    Barring significant changes in discussions between Gulfstream Park officials and the connections of Gun Runner, the Candy Ride colt will not make it to the South Florida racetrack for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) Jan. 28.

  • Mo Tom won the 2016 edition of the Lecomte.

    Fair Grounds, Horsemen Rise to Challenge

    Entries for the five stakes races on Saturday's card that also were offered on last year's card total 48. That total of 48 is up five horses from the number of runners in last year's five stakes on Lecomte day.

  • The rules go before the state's Gaming Commission board Jan. 23

    NY Proposes Sweeping Equine Drug, Record Rules

    New York racing regulators Jan. 20 released a set of proposed sweeping equine drug and recordkeeping rules that arose from the state's investigation into allegations made by PETA against trainer Steve Asmussen in 2013.

  • A horse trains at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    OBS Restricts Louisiana Horses from Upcoming Sale

    The equine herpesvirus outbreak at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots continues to have repercussions throughout the industry, with the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. becoming the second major sales company to restrict horses from Louisiana.

  • Dr. Bryan Waldridge treats Alphabet Soup in August.

    Alphabet Soup Progressing Under Cancer Treatment

    A cutting-edge cancer treatment has helped reduce skin cancer in 1996 Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) winner Alphabet Soup, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday at Old Friends Equine retirement home near Georgetown, Ky.