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Stablehand faces welfare charges

posted on  |  24-08-19

Registered stable employee Andrew Henderson faces up to 14 charges for failing to provide proper and sufficient nutrition and/or proper veterinary treatment for seven thoroughbreds. On Friday, Racing Victoria stewards issued 14 charges against Henderson, including seven in the alternative, under Australian Rules of Racing AR...

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Turf track
Horse welfare central to new Victorian track guidelines

posted on  |  24-08-19

Racing Victoria has moved to alter its track surface guidelines for the 2019-20 season onwards, following an extensive review. The aim for track managers, as per the new guidelines, will be to have the surface in the 'Good 4' range for at least the first race on the card. The current guideline is for the track to be a...

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Horse stables Tokyo
FEI Studies Horse Health and Performance at Tokyo 2020 Olympics Test Event

posted on  |  24-08-19

Optimizing performance in challenging climatic conditions was high on the agenda during the many Ready Steady Tokyo 2020 Olympic test events, so the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) established a major research study aimed at identifying best practices for managing horses training and competing in hot and humid...

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Churchill Downs
Churchill Downs Meet Saw Reduced Equine Fatalities

posted on  |  24-08-19

A year after a spike in catastrophic equine injuries at its spring meet, Churchill Downs saw those injuries greatly reduced at the corresponding meet in 2019. Speaking at the regular meeting of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Aug. 20 in Lexington, Ky., KHRC interim equine medical director and chief veterinarian Bruce Howard...

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Greg Nicholls
Cobalt and altrenogest resolutions edge closer

posted on  |  24-08-19

Racing Australia may soon be in the position to rule on the status of the regulations surrounding both the prohibited substance cobalt and the controversial mares' medication altrenogest. RA chairman Greg Nichols told RSN927's Racing Pulse that the August 29 quarterly meeting is expected to examine a detailed report on cobalt...

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Lameness Locator
Asymmetrical Movement In Horses: Pain Or Biology

posted on  |  24-08-19

Uneven movement in horses is common; while this asymmetrical movement raises suspicions of mild lameness, may owners consider their horses sound. Drs. Emma Persson-Sjodin, Elin Hernlund, Pia Haubro Andersen, Marie Rhodin, Thilo Pfau and Karin Holm Forsström wanted to discover if the asymmetry is indicative of pain or disease, or...

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Brexit
Brexit talks hold up Irish regulator's access to stud farms for dope testing

posted on  |  24-08-19

It might not have happened yet and some still reckon it might never happen but the distraction of Brexit is one of the main contributing factors to a delay in the Irish regulator being granted authority to access unlicensed premises for the purpose of dope testing. In January, a new industry-wide anti-doping policy came into force...

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Pre-race trot up
Tougher vet checks for 2019 spring internationals

posted on  |  24-08-19

Tougher pre-travel veterinary checks and the purchase of a $1.2 million scanner are two major initiatives of Racing Victoria’s review of injury rates of international horses based at Werribee. RV commissioned the review after The Cliffsofmoher sustained a fracture shoulder and was euthanised after last year’s Melbourne...

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Hair testing
Iowa Anti-Doping Test Will Pull Hair From Fastest Horses

posted on  |  24-08-19

The top finishers at Quarter Horse races this weekend will have to give up a hair or two to show they were racing clean. The new protocol at Prairie Meadows in Altoona is an attempt to rid the industry of performance enhancing drugs. Blood and urine tests were performed on the horses in the past, according to Iowa Quarter Horse...

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Aircaft travel
Racing Victoria introduces safety initiatives to boost horse welfare

posted on  |  24-08-19

Racing Victoria is hoping that a raft of safety initiatives introduced in the wake of the death of The Cliffsofmoher during last year's Melbourne Cup will head off criticism of the race and of the sport itself as the spring carnival looms. As well as the death of the Aidan O'Brien-trained galloper in the Cup itself, two other...

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The International Group of Specialist Racing Veterinarians (IGSRV) is an association that unites regulatory racing veterinarians worldwide. The group was founded in 1985 and has played a major role in promoting the welfare and integrity of horse racing; advises authorities  worldwide.

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