Cutting-edge skin cancer treatment

Group 1 1996 Breeders Cup Classic winner Alphabet Soup is undergoing a revolutionary skin cancer treatment that could save his life. The 26 year-old grey resides at Old Friends Equine retirement home in Kentucky. The cutting-edge cancer treatment is a vaccine that allows Alphabet Soup’s immune system to target...

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Animal rights spark propaganda war

The North American thoroughbred industry was warned in no uncertain terms that it can expect to face increasingly frequent public relations and legal battles from animal rights groups in the future. At the Global Symposium on Racing & Gaming in Tucson, Arizona on December 7, it was emphasized that...

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Research into Horse Transport

Researchers from the University of Sydney are studying the impact of horse transport management practices on horse health and welfare. The resulting study, ‘A Survey on Transport Management Practices Associated with Injuries and Health Problems in Horses’ has been published in Plos One, the world’s largest open access scientific...

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Ulcers in Young Horses

Equine ulcers were first recognized in horses more than 30 years ago.  Unbuffered acid, or acid exposure of non-glandular regions of the stomach not normally protected by mucus, can lead to erosion and ulcerations of the lining. Now we know that gastric (stomach) ulcers affect many horses in stressful...

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Detection and prevention of bone injuries

The Victorian racing industry will spend more than $5 million on research aimed at the detection and prevention of bone injuries in racehorses. University of Melbourne researchers will undertake a three-year study to better identify horses that may be at risk of serious bone injury, which is often fatal...

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The real problem with drugs in racing

The potential impact of drugs that seek to enhance the peak performance levels of racehorses has generated quite a bit of comment given just how hot a topic drugs in sport are right now. However, while drugs such as anabolic steroids and cobalt chloride that bid to enhance peak...

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Equine Herpes Virus Vaccine

As many of you have no doubt been aware (and concerned about) there has been a shortage of Duvaxyn EHV1,4 in Australia in the past year.  TBA is pleased to announce that the first batch of the vaccine is likely to arrive in August this year, a full 12...

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Yeast benefits Bun in the Oven

If your broodmare has a “bun in the oven,” that bun might benefit from some live yeast. With the foal season starting in two months, French researchers say yeast could give your foal’s digestive system a better start in life. “Our results, albeit preliminary, lead us to believe that...

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New rules for vets in New York

The New York State Gaming Commission has put together a proposed rule it hopes will add scrutiny to the practices of racetrack veterinarians. The proposal would require vets to limit drug administrations to treatment of ailments and preventative medical procedures.  The rule was outlined last week by NYSGC equine...

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Bone Cysts

Bone cysts are a condition that frustrate horse owners, and although they are a relatively common occurrence, how and why they develop is still not fully understood or agreed upon. Bone cysts are cyst-like structures that develop below the articular cartilage surface of joints. They can result from direct...

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