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  • Serum Biomarkers for Musculoskeletal Disease (AAEP 2005)

    A Colorado State University (CSU) researcher recently reported that he and his colleagues have found significant patterns of six different signals of damage or "biomarkers" in the serum of racehorses with certain musculoskeletal diseases. This means veterinarians are much closer to being able to anticipate the injuries or problems a horse might ...

  • AAEP Convention 2005: Using GPS to Train Racehorses

    An Australian researcher reported he's found a reliable way for trainers to monitor Thoroughbred racehorse fitness using global positioning system (GPS) technology measurements of velocity and heart rate during normal fast gallop training routines. David Evans, BVSc, PhD, associate professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney...

  • Kentucky Farm Managers Address EHV-1 Concerns

    In light of recent outbreaks of the equineherpes virus (EHV-1) and the Feb. 13 opening of most Central Kentucky breeding sheds, the Kentucky Thoroughbred Farm Managers Club held a discussion at its Feb. 9 meeting on how best to prevent the spread of the virus.

  • Fair Hill Training Center Takes EHV-1 Precautions

    Fair Hill Training Center, home to more than 400 horses, has instituted stringent guidelines to ensure the well being of all horses stabled at the facility and to provide the best opportunity for those same horses to race when entry restrictions lift later this month as nearby out of state racetracks.

  • Evaluating Ulcer Medications

    Studies have shown that gastric squamous (the non-glandular area of the stomach) ulcers affect approximately 80-95% of racehorses, and more than half of the entire domestic horse population. A recent study from Murdoch University in Australia determined that omeprazole (a proton-pump blocker) is more effective than ranitidine (a histamine inhibitor) when ...

  • Laurel Park Horse Tests Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

    Hey Ralphy, a filly trained by Rodney Jenkins at Laurel Park, was infected by equine herpesvirus (EHV-1), according to the Maryland Department of Agriculture. The 3-year-old was euthanized Jan 26 with a suspected pelvic injury. A Hold Order has been placed on Barn 9, where the filly was stabled, at the central Maryland track. Jenkins has elected not to train any of his horses until the Hold Order ends.

  • Trainers Worry Pimlico Quarantine is Too Late

    Though the Maryland Jockey Club has stepped up its fight against the equine herpes virus 1 that has frightened horsemen throughout the state with a quarantine of the entire Pimlico Race Course stable area, some trainers continued to worry the move may have come too late.

  • Henderson Training Track Quarantined for Herpesvirus

    A Western Kentucky training center south of Henderson was placed under quarantine by last night (Jan. 5) following tests that showed two horses in the center's one barn were positive for equine herpesvirus, according to Rusty Ford of the Kentucky state veterinarian's office.

  • Suspected Case of Equine Herpesvirus at Pimlico

    Officials at Pimlico Race Course in Maryland have isolated five horses in the detention barn and put a "hold order" on barn 5 while they determine whether a horse stabled in the barn, who was euthanized earlier this week, was infected with equine herpesvirus.

  • Five Turfway Horses Test Positive for Equine Herpesvirus

    The Kentucky State Veterinarian's Office announced Dec. 30 that while 11 horses from Turfway Park's Barn 26 that previously tested positive for equine herpesvirus now test negative, five horses still tested positive, and they quarantined seven horses in the outrider's barn.

  • Breeding Specialists

    The equine breeding industry has evolved dramatically with the introduction of artificial insemination programs and advanced assisted reproductive techniques. While live cover breeding pro-grams are still a mainstay for specific breeds, many breed associations now accept foals conceived through the use of cooled and frozen semen, embryo transfer, and adva...

  • UK Continues MRLS Research

    Researchers investigating mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS) have made a causative link between the ingestion of live eastern tent caterpillars in pastures and MRLS-type abortions.

  • AAEP Contributes $50,000 to Katrina Relief

    The AAEP Foundation, Inc. has donated $50,000 to aid Gulf Coast horses affected by Hurricane Katrina. Donations of $25,000 each have been made to the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association and the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association.

  • ReRun Using Stickers to Protect Thoroughbreds

    ReRun Inc., the national Thoroughbred adoption group, has created stickers for use on a foal or horse's Jockey Club certificate to provide a contact for a subsequent owner who is unable or unwilling to provide a retirement for a Thoroughbred at the end of its racing or breeding career.

  • British Researchers Plan to Extract DNA From Three Racing Greats

    Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Hatfield and Cambridge University in England plan to extract DNA from the bones of three of history's greatest Thoroughbred racehorses -- Eclipse, Hermit, and St. Simon. Details of the proposed study were presented at the British Association Festival of Science held at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, in September.

  • Louis Pomes (right), with presenter <br>Pat Day, receives the White Horse Award from the Racetrack <br>Chaplaincy of America.

    Louis Pomes Named White Horse Winner

    Louis Pomes, who worked tirelessly to find and lead abandoned horses to safety in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, was named the 2005 winner of the White Horse Award Thursday afternoon at Belmont Park.

  • RMTC Addresses Withdrawal Guidelines

    The Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) commissioned Dr. Rick Sams of Ohio State to develop an action plan, timeline, and research priorities to establish guidelines for withdrawal times for therapeutic medications commonly used by racetrack veterinarians.

  • AAEP's 'On Call' Program Assists With NBC Telecast

    Equine veterinarians representing the American Association of Equine Practitioners' "On Call" program will assist NBC Sports with horse health information during the Oct. 29 Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Belmont Park.

  • Researchers Examine Racehorses' DNA

    Researchers from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in Hatfield and Cambridge University in England, plan to extract DNA from the bones of three of history's greatest Thoroughbred racehorses--Eclipse, Hermit, and St. Simon. Details of the proposed study were presented at the British Association Festival of Science held at Trinity College in Dublin, Irelan...

  • With Another Hurricane En Route, LSU Reinstates Rescue Hotline

    Still recovering from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Southern Louisiana braces for the oncoming power of hurricane Rita. In anticipation of this Category 5 hurricane, the Louisiana State University Hurricane Equine Rescue Operation has reinstated the horse rescue hotline at (225) 578 - 9501.

  • Horse Groups Mobilizing Hurricane Relief Effort

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, horse industry groups are mobilizing to provide assistance to people and horses impacted by the devastating storm and are seeking financial support for the efforts.

  • South African Bleeders Study Begins

    <P>An international collaboration of researchers launched a study in July to examine the prevalence and severity of exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH) in more than 800 South African Thoroughbreds. The group from the University of Pretoria, The Ohio State University (OSU), and the University of Kentucky (UK) also will examine the effect of altitu...

  • Bigger Thoroughbreds Sell Better

    <P><STRONG>2005 EQUINE SCIENCE SOCIETY SYMPOSIUM, TUCSON, ARIZ., MAY 31-JUNE 3</STRONG> <P>"Pedigree, conformation, and the racing performance of siblings are the main selection criteria utilized by buyers to evaluate the athletic potential of Thoroughbred yearlings," said Joe Pagan, PhD, president of Kentucky Equine Research in Versailles, Ky. He also ...

  • Preventing Bucked Shins

    Shin soreness, or bucked shins, in Thoroughbred racehorses is a partly preventable condition according to a recent Australian study. Horses with shin soreness display signs of pain on the front of the shins between the knee and fetlock, said David Evans, BVSc, PhD, associate professor of veterinary science at the University of Sydney and one of the resear...

  • Fort Dodge Releases West Nile DNA Vaccine

    Fort Dodge Animal Health, a division of Wyeth, has announced the licensure of West Nile-Innovator DNA, a vaccine for horses to aid in the prevention of viremia caused by the potentially deadly West Nile virus.

  • Puberty in Thoroughbreds

    Puberty is a transitional period for horses, from a time of reproductive immaturity to a time where sexual behavior is demonstrated and sperm is ready for release in the colt, and the filly starts to cycle. Unfortunately, very little information is available about puberty in horses, including at what age and what weight most horses reach this important li...

  • Study Shows Bigger Yearlings Bring Higher Prices

    While pedigree, conformation, and the racing performance of siblings are the main selection criteria utilized by buyers to evaluate the athletic potential of Thoroughbred yearlings, there is also a positive correlation between size of a yearling and selling price at the Keeneland September yearling sales, according to Dr. Joe Pagan.

  • Indiana Downs Horses Tested for Strangles

    Some horses at Indiana Downs are being tested for strangles after two of them showed symptoms of the equine respiratory disease in the receiving barn May 19. Live racing subsequently was canceled for the evening.

  • Mothers to Be

    While the socialization process of transforming fillies and mares from racetrack careers into broodmares might be easier than it is for stallions, biologically it is significantly more complex for distaffers to begin their reproductive duties.