Gene Doping in the Equine Athlete: The New Normal in the “Art of Cheating”?

Racehorse tied in stall.

RESEARCHED AND WRITTEN BY JANE ALLIN The success of any racehorse is determined by genetics, training and nutrition, which ultimately impact physical traits such as speed, muscular strength and endurance. While training and nutrition no doubt contribute significantly to a racehorse’s performance, inheritance plays an equally if not greater part in influencing performance. At least,… Continue reading Gene Doping in the Equine Athlete: The New Normal in the “Art of Cheating”?

Canadian PMU farms’ losses are China’s gain

PMU Farm in Xinyuan County, China (2012).

EXCLUSIVE REPORT by JANE ALLIN Canada braces for more cuts By now, I’m sure that most who care about the abuse of horses for human gain are aware of the shrinking need for the PMU (Pregnant Mare’s Urine) farms in Manitoba (ya, I’m late in getting this out). Urine collected from these pregnant mares is… Continue reading Canadian PMU farms’ losses are China’s gain

Will the Teflon effect keep Bob bobbing along?

Bob Baffert, U.S. Thoroughbred racehorse trainer.

by JANE ALLIN The Triple Crown races are upon us again, albeit postponed, and Baffert is back in the news. Two of his horses, one a top contender for the Belmont Stakes, tested positive for Lidocaine. Not one but two — Charlatan and stable mate Gamine — both of whom won on the race card… Continue reading Will the Teflon effect keep Bob bobbing along?

Response to “Bramlage: racing and training 2-yo’s reduces their risk of injury”

Over the shoulder portrait of a beautiful horse. Shutterstock/Svetlana Ryazantseva.

When we saw the title of this article on the Paulick Report we knew we were not going to like what it contained because of the use of Bramlage. Really? Paulick is so much smarter than that, so not sure what is going on there. Natalie Voss? Well, she's a very good writer. It is… Continue reading Response to “Bramlage: racing and training 2-yo’s reduces their risk of injury”

Keenland and Fasig-Tipton change medication policies for horse sales

Sales ring. Keeneland. Lexington, Kentucky. Image: 2012 ©Wendy Wooley.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) — Officials from Keeneland Association and Fasig-Tipton Company Inc. Thursday announced restrictions on the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), corticosteroids and bronchodilators, including Clenbuterol, for all horses sold at sales conducted by these two major Thoroughbred auction houses effective immediately. These latest reforms are in addition to restrictions put in place… Continue reading Keenland and Fasig-Tipton change medication policies for horse sales

Canada’s horse slaughter plants and US ports of entry

Truck full of slaugherbound horses. Image via Glogster.com.

By JANE ALLIN MARCH AGAINST HORSE SLAUGHTER Horse Slaughter Plants — Canada Three slaughterhouses are federally licensed to slaughter horses in Canada: (1) Viande Richelieu Inc. in Massueville, Que.; Reg No 076; https://www.vianderichelieu.com/  (2) Les Viandes de la Petite-Nation in St-Andre- Avellin, Que.; [517 Rang Sainte Julie E, Saint-André-Avellin, QC J0V 1W0]; Reg No 505; (no… Continue reading Canada’s horse slaughter plants and US ports of entry