Horse Health

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

  • Owners Pledge Earnings to Equine Research

    Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation announced owners John Oxley, Heaven Trees, and Speedway Stables have pledged earnings to the "Share the Wins" program from potential graded stakes wins on the Kentucky Derby trail.

  • Hair-Sample Testing Focus of Workshop

    Protocol in the testing of equine hair samples was the focus of a racing chemist's workshop organized by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium and held at the University of California-Davis.

  • PDJF Celebrates, Issues Call for Support

    Celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the Permanently Disabled Jockeys' Fund was joined by a serious message at the Jockeys' Guild 2016 Assembly in Hollywood, Fla.

  • More EHV-1 Positives at Sunland Park

    As Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino proceeds with plans to resume live racing later in February despite an outbreak of equine herpesvirus, the New Mexico Livestock Board reported Feb. 15 there have been four new cases.

  • Equine herpesvirus

    64 Equine Herpesvirus Positives at Sunland

    Officials at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino are working to curtail an outbreak of equine herpesvirus that has resulted in 64 horses testing positive, including six that have died, and could impact the track's premier race.

  • Health Zone: Broodmare Care

    Udder problems are not as common in mares as in cows, but a number of things can occasionally occur to create problems for the mare.

  • Racetrack Vet Group Takes Proactive Approach

    An organization formed to represent the interests of racetrack veterinarians has become proactive in the area of research into therapeutic medications and continues to make its case that vets should be part of drug reform.

  • The National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association medication forum on Feb. 5

    Is Regulation Itself Thwarting Uniformity?

    Achieving true uniformity in equine medication and testing goes well beyond basic adoption of model rules, according to attorneys, horsemen, and veterinarians who picked apart the current system Feb. 5.

  • Back-and-Forth Continues on Path to Reform

    The ARCI plans an industry congress for the end of this year to develop consensus on equine medication and testing given its belief Congress won't be anywhere close to acting on legislation introduced last year.

  • Safety Issues at Center of Guild Assembly

    The Jockeys' Guild will continue efforts to raise awareness and develop the best treatment for rider concussions when it meets for its annual assembly Feb. 15-17 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

  • Turf Paradise Enacts Virus Quarantine

    Turf Paradise in Arizona is the second racetrack in the Southwest to enact a quarantine because of equine herpesvirus. Live racing continues at the Phoenix track, though no horses may enter or leave the grounds.

  • Hallway Feeds

    KY Company, Horse Feed Evolve With Science

    Production of quality horse feed has evolved into a combination of natural ingredients and science. And just because a product is widely accepted doesn't mean it's not under regular review.

  • Gomo

    Gomo Still Eyeing Kentucky Oaks

    On the mend since a bone chip was discovered and removed in her ankle last October, Reddam Racing's Gomo should be returning to track soon for trainer Doug O'Neill.

  • Ocala Stud, FTBOA Commit to Ocala Initiative

    Ocala Stud and the Florida Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (FTBOA) have joined Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. in committing to donate $10,000 to the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Ocala Initiative.

  • Kirk Ziadie

    Analysis: Rule-Breaking Costs Other Horsemen

    An examination of horses trained by Kirk Ziadie involved in 18 clenbuterol positives in Florida in 2012 and 2013, points to the negative impact on horsemen who compete against a trainer breaking the rules.

  • Delaware Upholds Stewards' Ruling on Preciado

    The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission Jan. 13 upheld a decision by its board of stewards to suspend trainer Ramon Preciado 21 days and fine him $1,500 for a pair of clenbuterol positives last summer.

  • Study of EIPH in 2-Year-Olds Completed

    A study designed to determine the levels of exercise-industry pulmonary hemorrhage in 2-year-olds racing in South Florida is complete, but the data won't be released until a scientific paper is published after peer review.

  • Jockeys and exercise riders covered under new workers' comp plan in New York

    NY Tracks, Horsemen Have Workers' Comp Deal

    A deal has been reached between regulators and New York Thoroughbred industry interests for payments to a fund that provides workers' compensation payments for injured jockeys, apprentice jockeys, and exercise riders.

  • Health Zone: October 24, 2015 - The Heart

    Heart "scans" are another tool in selecting young racehorses. The size of a young horse's heart has proved to be a reliable predictor of his future racing performance.

  • Remington will be adding to the handicappers' arsenal of information by weighing horses in 2016

    Remington Park Plans to Report Horse Weights

    The pre-race protocol of Thoroughbreds racing at Remington Park in 2016 will include a quick stop on a scale where their weight will be recorded and that information will be provided to the public before the race.

  • Kirk Ziadie

    Trainer Kirk Ziadie Faces Six-Year Suspension

    A Florida administrative law judge has recommended South Florida-based trainer Kirk Ziadie have his racing license suspended for six years and be fined $18,000 for repeated clenbuterol violations in 2012, 2013, and 2014.

  • Symposium: Integrity Requires Team Approach

    A participant and audience member in a panel on "Fixing Racing," the final panel of the Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming, echoed the same sentiment: Cooperation is key in building integrity.

  • Symposium: Innovators Offer Variety of Ideas

    The four finalists to present their ideas during the Innovators' Circle, which offers a $15,000 prize, offered ideas in technology to prevent breakdowns, a multi-race wager, a jackpot game, and micro-ownership in horses.

  • The 2014 University of Arizona Symposium

    Emphasis on Innovation at Racing Symposium

    The emphasis will be on new ideas when many racing industry leaders gather in Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 7-9 for the University of Arizona Racetrack Industry Program's Global Symposium on Racing and Gaming.