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  • Rachel Alexandra to Race for a Cure

    <P>Rachel Alexandra, who last month became the first filly in 85 years to win the Preakness, will "race for a cure" for the remainder of her 2009 campaign. A $20,000 donation to a breast cancer nonprofit, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure, from the Jackson Family Fund at the Blue Grass Community Foundation, will be the inaugural contribution. <P>Rachel...

  • PSSM Genetic Mutation Reported in Some UK Horse Breeds

    Collaborative efforts between researchers have identified that a genetic mutation in enzyme glycogen synthase 1 (GYS1) is an important cause of polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM) in a variety of UK horse breeds.

  • R. Equi and Extrapulmonary Disorders, AAEP 2008

    <I>Rhodococcus equi</I> bronchopneumonia is a prevalent cause of disease in foals, said M. Keith Chaffin, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor of medicine at Texas A&amp;M University's vet school, at the 2008 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, which was held Dec. 6-10 in San Diego, Calif. (The lead author of the paper was Sarah M. Reuss...

  • NTRA Safety Alliance Gives Delaware Park Accreditation

    <P>The National Thoroughbred Racing Association announced June 17 that Delaware Park in Stanton, Del., has been fully accredited by the NTRA Safety and Integrity Alliance following a complete review of all racing operations at the facility. <P>Delaware Park is the fourth racing facility to be so designated by the alliance. Churchill Downs and Keeneland ...

  • Respiratory Health Webinar June 18

    <P> <P>TheHorse.com's&nbsp;Webinar on&nbsp;<A href="http://www.thehorse.com/Videos.aspx?tab=webinar">Managing Noninfectious Respiratory Problems</A>&nbsp;was broadcast&nbsp;June 18 at&nbsp;8 p.m. ET. This Webinar&nbsp;was sponsored by <A href="http://www.bi-vetmedica.com/divisions/equine_division.html" target=_blank>Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc</A...

  • AHC National Forum Tackles Equine Welfare Issues

    <P>Representatives of various equine breeds and disciplines found out June 16 they have a lot in common when it comes to the welfare and safety of horses. <P>The "Welfare of the Horse," called the most inclusive program of its kind, was the sole topic for this year's American Horse Council National Issues Forum in Washington, D.C. It offered participant...

  • Kentucky Horse Industry Rally Draws Nearly 1,000

    <P>Nearly a thousand people traveled to Kentucky's state capitol in Frankfort June 17 to rally for a cause they have stood behind for years: to boost the horse racing industry by way of expanded casino gaming. <P>With a special session currently underway that could pass a bill that would allow video lottery terminals at Kentucky racetracks, the Kentucky...

  • AAEP Issues 'Best Practices' for Purchase Exam Radiographs

    <P>The American Association of Equine Practitioners' Public Auction Task Force has developed recommendations regarding the use of radiographic reports as part of the <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/ViewArticle.aspx?ID=9857">prepurchase exams</A>&nbsp;that are conducted on horses for sale at public auctions. The goal of the task force is to promote ethica...

  • HealthWatch: Shock Wave Therapy Speeds Wound

    Dr. Scott McClure and colleagues from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University recently published a study on the effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) on wounds. In their study, McClure and colleagues created a 4-cm and a 3-cm full-thickness wound on both front and rear cannon bones, respectively, of six healthy horses.

  • Ontario Veterinary College Opens Isolation Unit

    <P>A&nbsp;new large animal isolation unit that sets the standard&nbsp;for patient housing and infection control opened May 25 at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). <P>Animals showing signs of infectious disease will immediately be directed to the isolation unit. These potentially infectious animals will be separated from other ...

  • Researchers Examine Oral Acetate for Equine Exercise Recovery

    <P><I></I> <P>An inaugural study has found that a sodium acetate electrolyte solution given orally with a typical hay and grain meal following exercise enhanced skeletal muscle metabolism to restore depleted glycogen (energy) sources. <P>"Glycogen stored in muscle is the primary energy source for horses undergoing either short-term, high intensity or p...

  • Former Trainer Guides New Racehorse Transition Program

    <P>Barbara Luna has spent most of her life working in various aspects of the Thoroughbred industry, from hot walking horses as a college student, to becoming a licensed owner and trainer later on down the road. Throughout her endeavors she discovered that even greater than her love of campaigning runners was the passion that came from helping retired race...

  • Positive Response to Arlington Polytrack Upgrade

    <P>State-of-the-art track maintenance equipment in use for less than two weeks on Arlington's Polytrack course has already led to positive feedback from local horsemen. <P>"I haven't heard any criticism at all," said Tony Petrillo, Arlington's vice president of facilities and operations. "So far, everyone seems to like it. Christine Janks told me that w...

  • Colic Alarm Presented at Equine Science Society Meeting

    <P> <P>Developed by a team at Utah State University, a proposed equine distress monitor system combines a tilt sensor, accelerometer, and wireless technology interfaced with a computer in order to alert horse owners to animals in distress. The team has filed a provisional patent and is seeking a manufacturer. <P>Rebecca Lewis, BT, presented results of ...

  • Planning for the Worst While You're Away

    <DIV class=deck>Take the steps to provide the best treatment possible for your horse and your situation, and decrease the stress on yourself and the veterinary team in the event of an equine emergency.</DIV> <P>Please turn on your imagination for a moment and put yourself in the following scenario: You're returning home from a relaxing vacation. Your pla...

  • Georgia Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate Against EEE

    <P>Two horses in Long County, Ga., have tested positive for Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). The Coastal Health District is encouraging all horse owners in Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Long, and McIntosh Counties to vaccinate their animals against EEE. <P>EEE is a mosquito-borne virus that causes swelling of the brain. In horses,...

  • Kentucky Horse Council Offers Listening Sessions

    <P>Horse owners throughout the Commonwealth will have the opportunity to network and discuss horse community issues through a series of listening sessions conducted by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC). Aptly named The Horsemen's Dialogue: Conversations with Kentucky Horse Owners, the meetings will be facilitated by Lori Garkovich, PhD, of the University o...

  • Dunkirk Resting Comfortably after Surgery

    <P>Dunkirk, a brave second to Summer Bird in the June 6 Belmont, continues to recuperate nicely in his stall from surgery to insert a screw in a non-displaced condylar fracture in his&nbsp;left rear cannon bone. <P>The surgery was performed June 9 by Patricia Hogan, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, at the new Ruffian Equine Medical Center across the street from Belmont...

  • Charges Filed in Texas Cruelty Case

    <P>A Texas woman accused of maltreating 57 horses remains in jail after failing to post bond on cruelty charges. <P>Carol Paselk faces one count of cruelty to animals and one court of cruelty to livestock. The Class A misdemeanors each carry penalties up to $4,000 and one year in the county jail. <P>The charges stem from the May 9 removal of 57 allege...

  • Sign Up: Free Webinar on Managing Noninfectious Respiratory Problems

    <P>This is the last week to sign up before our next Webinar, <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/Videos.aspx?tab=webinar">Managing Noninfectious Respiratory Problems</A>, on Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. ET. This Webinar is sponsored by <A href="http://www.bi-vetmedica.com/divisions/equine_division.html" target=_blank>Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc</A>. ...

  • Kentucky Horse Industry Plans Rally at Capitol

    <P>The Kentucky Equine Education Project (KEEP) is organizing a rally June 17 in the Capitol Rotunda to drum up support for legislation that would financially assist the horse industry. <P>The rally begins at 10 a.m. EDT on the third day of a special legislative session in Frankfort, the state capital. On the call for the session is legislation to autho...

  • Daughters of Man Accused of Cruelty Relinquish Licenses

    <P>Kristen and Jennifer Paragallo, the daughters of Ernie Paragallo who faces 22 counts of animal cruelty, have relinquished their owners' licenses. <P>"The surrendering of the two licenses from (Paragallo's) daughters came during our suitability review," said Joe Mahoney, a spokesperson for the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, on June 10. "Tha...

  • Florida Vet Clinic Hosting Free Hurricane Expo for Horse Owners

    <P>Thanks to support received from the ASPCA as well as many other local and professional groups, Surgi-Care Center for Horses of Brandon, Fla., will host an expo June 13 to help area horse owners learn how to prepare for hurricanes and other disasters. <P>Lectures will include: <UL> <LI>Introduction to hurricane and disaster preparedness <LI>The r...

  • Equine Online CE Courses Available from OSU

    <P>The Ohio State University's online continuing education (CE) Web site became available last February, bringing versatility to CE in the fast-paced veterinary profession. All courses are about an hour to 90 minutes in length and range in cost from $40 to $60. <P>Three new equine courses are now available via Online CE. Walter Threlfall, DVM, MS, PhD, ...

  • Kentucky Farm to Disperse 200 Thoroughbreds

    <P>The major Kentucky Thoroughbred farm that houses the great stallion Storm Cat announced Tuesday it is selling off nearly its entire stock of about 200 horses. <P>Overbrook Farm owner Bill Young Jr. explained he just wasn't cut out to continue operating a thoroughbred breeding facility with the same drive as his late father, William T. Young, who foun...

  • Kester News Hour, AAEP 2008

    <P>Every year equine veterinarians flock to the Kester News Hour session at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) convention for reports on research that are too brief or new to be included in the scientific program. For the past two years, the fast-paced news broadcast format has been anchored by three renowned equine experts: <UL> <...

  • HealthWatch: Stem Cell Therapy for Tendonitis

    According to Dr. Alan J. Nixon of Cornell University, veterinarians might be able to treat horses with injuries to their superficial digital flexor tendons (SDFTs) effectively by injecting stem cells directly into the injured tendon using cells that were harvested and expanded from the horse's own bone marrow.

  • WNV Reality Check! Webinar on TheHorse.com

    <P>Do you think West Nile virus (WNV) has run its course in the United States? Then you need to watch the "WNV Reality Check!" on TheHorse.com on Thursday, July 30, at 8 p.m., sponsored by <A href="http://www.prevenile.com/" target=_blank>Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health</A>. You can <A href="http://www.thehorse.com/Webinars">sign up now</A>! &nbsp;...

  • Belmont Contender Dunkirk to Undergo Fracture Repair

    <P>Dunkirk, who ran a gutsy, front-running second in the June 6 Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a non-displaced condylar fracture of the left hind cannon bone and will undergo surgery June 9 at the brand new Ruffian Equine Medical Center across the street from Belmont Park. Patricia Hogan, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, will perform the operation. <P>"He wi...

  • Supreme Court Declines to Hear Racetrack, Casino Case

    <P>The U.S. Supreme Court is staying out a fight between Illinois' casinos and horse tracks over a state law that cropped up in the impeachment and indictment of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. <P> <P>The casinos object to a law that forces them to transfer of millions of dollars to the state's horse tracks. <P> <P>Last year, the state Supreme Court un...

  • Farriery: Past, Present, and Future

    Bill Moyer, DVM, professor of sports medicine and head of the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&amp;M University, and the current AAEP vice president, began his discussion during the &quot;Putting Science into Farriery&quot; session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners by describing the state of ...

  • Horses Fine Following Belmont Efforts

    <P>Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird obviously loves New York. He loves it so much that he might return this summer to run at Saratoga Race Course in the Aug. 1 Jim Dandy Stakes and the Aug. 29 Shadwell Travers Stakes. <P>"We've discussed the Jim Dandy and the Travers with the owners (Drs. Kalarikkal and Vilasini Jayaraman)," said winning trainer Tim Ic...

  • Rabies Danger, Exposure Cost Reinforce Equine Vaccination Need

    <P>Rabies is a rhabdovirus that has been a human threat since antiquity. The virus is capable of infecting all warm-blooded animals with some variation in susceptibility. Rabies is considered 100% fatal to the infected host. However, in order for any disease to perpetuate itself, 100% is not in the realm of "mother nature," or the disease would kill itsel...

  • Maryland Offers Horse Owner Pasture Walks

    <P>The Maryland Department of Agriculture and the Equine Studies Program at the University of Maryland have partnered together to offer a Horse Pasture Walk on Thursday, June 18, 2009. The event will be held from 6-9:00 p.m. at the Equine Rotational Grazing Demonstration site located in Ellicott City, Md. <P>Participants will learn about best management...

  • TheHorse.com, UK Partner on New E-Newsletter

    The Bluegrass Equine Digest, a monthly e-newsletter providing information from the equine research facility at the University of Kentucky and the university's new Equine Initiative, will launch June 28. It was developed through a partnership with UK's Gluck Equine Research Center and the Equine Initiative and presented by TheHorse.com and sponsor, Pfizer Animal Health.

  • Kentucky Horse Owner Education DVD Wins Award

    <P><I>HorseSmarts: Essential Advice for Today's Horse Owner</I>, a 60 minute educational DVD created by the Kentucky Horse Council (KHC) and produced by Marvo Entertainment Group of Princeton, Ky., was recently awarded a 2009 Silver Communicator Award of Distinction by the International Academy of Visual Arts and the Communicator Awards. <P>The Communic...

  • Standardbred Adoption Service Launched for FREE Horses

    <P>TheHorse.com and the U.S. Trotting Association have joined forces to create a Standardbred Adoption Service listing for horses offered free to good homes. This is designed after TheHorse.com's successful Thoroughbred Adoption Service. <P>The Standardbred Adoption Service will provide an Internet-based bulletin board for registered Standardbred raceho...

  • Secretariat Foundation Benefits Laminitis, Thoroughbred Programs

    <P>On the eve of the 141st running of the Belmont Stakes June 6, the legacy of one of the race's most illustrious winners continues to shine throughout the equine community. <P>Helen "Penny" Chenery, owner of 1973 Triple Crown champion Secretariat and president of the Secretariat Foundation, has announced the Foundation's recipients of charitable grants...

  • Keeping Performance Horses Sound, AAEP 2008

    James Gilchrist, Certified Farrier, of the Palm Beach Farriery Service in Florida, offered several strategies he finds useful for his high-performance clients during the &quot;Putting Science into Farriery&quot; session at the 2008 Convention of the American Association of Equine Practitioners. &quot;Not a day goes by that I don&#39;t talk to a veterinari...

  • Health Watch: Foot and Limb Deformities

    In a presentation to the American Association of Equine Practitioners on hoof deformities in foals and recommendations for correcting or managing them, Dr. Bob Hunt of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Lexington called for caution, especially in trying to use hoof trimming/extensions to correct a limb deformity.

  • ACVIM Releases EHV-1 Consensus Statement

    <P>The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine has released its <A href="http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/cgi-bin/fulltext/122393622/PDFSTART" target=_blank>consensus statement on equine herpesvirus-1</A> (EHV-1). According to the authors, a perceived increase in the occurrence of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy (the neurologic form of E...