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Synthetic race track
Horse racing again considers synthetic surfaces to stem safety concerns

posted on  |  29-11-19

There was one primary question being asked of the reeling industry: How will you make racing safer? Miller, an Encinitas resident who doesn’t shy from speaking his mind, said, “I can fix this problem in 10 seconds. “Less racing. There’s too much racing. Cut the race dates and put in synthetic race tracks....

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Researcher: Horse Sports Risk Losing 'Social License'

posted on  |  29-11-19

Smartphones and social media make sharing negative moments with horses—in context or not—easy. How the general public responds can have a lasting impact on the equine industry.

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Furosemide
Study Finds Promise in Administering Lasix 24 Hours Out

posted on  |  29-11-19

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation believes a recent published study suggests administering Lasix more than 24 hours out can be effective in preventing exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage. In fact the clinic portion of the study, the second of two recent projects funded by Grayson to examine furosemide (Lasix)...

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Regumate
NSW-based trainer fined, winner DQ'd after altrenogest positive

posted on  |  29-11-19

Ipswich winner Bosendi has been disqualified after a rare case involving the substance altrenogest being found in a urine sample taken from a gelding. A Queensland Racing Integrity Commission spokesperson said it was the first case involving a gelding and altrenogest since the Commission began operating four years ago. Altrenogest...

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Istock horse
Government urged to establish national horse database after welfare outcry

posted on  |  29-11-19

A Senate committee has recommended the federal government establish a national horse traceability register following a heated national debate about the welfare of retired racehorses. In a report tabled on Wednesday, the Senate rural and regional affairs and transport reference committee said the racing industry and broader horse...

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William Farmer
Churchill Downs hires equine medical director after horse deaths

posted on  |  29-11-19

Churchill Downs Inc. has hired an equine medical director after numerous horse deaths at tracks locally and across the country. The Louisville-based company said that Dr. William E. Farmer “will oversee equine safety and care” at all of its racetracks. Farmer’s responsibilities include “the development of...

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Shockwave Therapy
Delaware Horsemen Face Penalties for Unauthorized Shockwave Therapy

posted on  |  29-11-19

An owner and a trainer at Delaware Park are both appealing $1,000 fines and six-month suspensions for “unauthorized use of shockwave therapy” stemming from an investigation into the catastrophic injury and euthanization of a 1-2 ship-in favorite that was plummeting in class off a four-month layoff this past summer.

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Cobalt element
Racing Australia Reaffirms Rules Concerning Cobalt As Performance Enhancer and Welfare Risk

posted on  |  21-11-19

Racing Australia's Veterinary and Analysts Committee (VAC) recently completed a review of matters raised in relation to cobalt and provided the Board of Racing Australia with its expert advice on the matter. The Board also considered that the view among international racing authorities continues to be consistent with Racing...

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PET scan horse
Standing Equine PET Scan Now Ready For Clinical Use On Racehorses In Training

posted on  |  21-11-19

The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging, has completed the first phase of the validation of the MILE-PET, the first positron emission tomography (PET) scanner specifically designed to image the limbs of standing horses, using light sedation, eliminating the need for anesthesia....

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Cobalt
Researcher say Cobalt Misuse in Horses is 'Ill-Conceived'

posted on  |  21-11-19

In other words, some people believe that giving cobalt indirectly diminishes the amount of oxygen reaching the muscles, causing the body to compensate, producing more red blood cells to deliver more oxygen to the muscles. “Research has failed to support this presumption,” he added. “There is no evidence to suggest...

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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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