Role of bone microdamage in racehorse leg fractures highlighted in study

Closeup of Thoroughbred racehorse's hooves galloping on a direct track. Photographer unknown.

By HorseTalk NZ Risks arising from microdamage and tissue remodelling in a leg bone prone to fracture in racehorses have been highlighted in American research. The recent University of California, Davis, study sought to characterize bone abnormalities that precede proximal sesamoid bone fractures and determine if pre-existing abnormalities are associated with these fractures. Sarah Shaffer,… Continue reading Role of bone microdamage in racehorse leg fractures highlighted in study

Fatality rate for U.S. racehorses 2009-2012 released

CROSS-POSTED FROM EQUINEWS.COM Written by Kentucky Equine Research Staff Source link: http://www.equinews.com/article/fatality-rate-racehorses After completing four years of data collection through the Equine Injury Database, The Jockey Club has released an updated fatality rate for Thoroughbred racehorses in North America. The figures reflect only racing injuries that result in the horse’s death within 72 hours of… Continue reading Fatality rate for U.S. racehorses 2009-2012 released

Tragedy strikes both runnings of the Dubai Gold Cup; American commentator says shameful

Fox Hunt breaks down in the 2-1/2 mile Dubai Gold Cup.

TWO HORSES DIE Tragedy struck the 2-1/2 mile Dubai Gold Cup (UAE-III) when Fox Hunt broke a leg and fell early in the race. However, as soon as it became clear that Fox Hunt had suffered a serious injury and could not be moved off the track in time, the stewards stopped the race. Fox… Continue reading Tragedy strikes both runnings of the Dubai Gold Cup; American commentator says shameful

Death and disarray at America’s racetracks: Mangled Horses and Maimed Jockeys

The new economics of horse racing are making an always-dangerous game even more so, as lax oversight puts animal and rider at risk. Well, here it is. The first installment in the New York Times series of reports on horse racing fatalities. The March 24, 2012 piece is the work of investigative reporters WALT BOGDANICH,… Continue reading Death and disarray at America’s racetracks: Mangled Horses and Maimed Jockeys

Horse racing: The deadly side of beauty

It is the first Saturday in May and all eyes will be on horse racing as people gather around the US and the world to watch the Kentucky Derby. It is beautiful, moving, stirring and exhilarating. The sport of horse racing is also deadly. This time of year not only sends racing journalists and enthusiasts… Continue reading Horse racing: The deadly side of beauty

KHRC collecting blood samples of injured horses (US)

Oh, look. Those gurus of all things racing at the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission are challenging our belief and lots of people in Thoroughbred racing on the idea that racehorses are given injury-masking drugs. Good for them, and Mary Scollay, D.V.M. Let science speak to the truth, and let it be found this way, if… Continue reading KHRC collecting blood samples of injured horses (US)

AP survey finds 5,000 race horse deaths since ’03

By ASSOCIATED PRESS | Horse Racing | 16 June 2008 ----- LEXINGTON, Ky. — Thoroughbred racetracks in the U.S. reported more than three horse deaths a day last year and 5,000 since 2003, and the vast majority were put down after suffering devastating injuries on the track, according to an Associated Press survey. Countless other… Continue reading AP survey finds 5,000 race horse deaths since ’03