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Jockey Club safety committee releases guidance on bisphosphonates
"The recommendations, which were approved by The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee at a meeting on March 19, The Jockey Club said, fall in line with calls by other organizations over the past two weeks to adopt policies and protocols that would address breakdowns at racetracks. The racing industry as a whole has been prodded into the review by an outcry over a recent spate of deaths at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. The recommendation on bisphosphonates dovetails with an announcement earlier this week that North America’s three largest auction companies will put in place programs later this year allowing buyers to order post-sale tests to detect the drugs. Under the programs, if a horse tests positive for bisphosphonates, buyers will be able to return the horse to the consignor."
horseracing  drugs-in-racing  bisphosphonates  equine-health  equine-safety 
march 2019 by jnchapel
Mid-Atlantic horsemen to call for partial bisphosphonate ban
1. "We're going to be adopting a strategic plan to reduce equine fatalities that we actually began initiating two years ago," Foreman said. "Many of the reforms have already been implemented. We are going to move to ask for a ban of this drug [Bisphosphonate] at the meeting and I'd be shocked if it didn’t pass. This is a bad drug and everybody has been talking about it for a long time. We're going to take action. We're going to ban it in the Mid-Atlantic and we're going to go to the RCI to ask that it be banned nationally, and we are going to ask all industry stakeholders to join us in our efforts."

2. "Whether or not Bisphosphonate played any role in the breakdowns in California remains anyone's guess. But many in the industry are convinced that the drug is being misused at the sales, that breeders or consignors are giving it to their horses so that their bones look stronger than they may have otherwise when x-rays are taken to show potential buyers. If that is the case, Bisphosphonate has potential to be a ticking timebomb that could cause the same yearling to have bone problems during its career and potentially lead to a breakdown."
horseracing  drugs-in-racing  bisphosphonates  equine-health  equine-safety 
march 2019 by jnchapel
The $300 device that could be a life-saver
"Dr. Palmer says equine heart attacks play a small role in the number of racetrack fatalities. He estimates that about four percent of the 102 deaths at New York tracks in 2015 were caused by a cardiovascular incident. That amounts to about four deaths a year. Yet, given the technological advances that have simplified the process, he believes horsemen and veterinarians should make use of them to better safeguard the health of their equine runners."
horseracing  equine-health  heart-attacks  atrial-fibrillation  veterinarians 
june 2016 by jnchapel
Bramlage: Activity, not stall rest, helps heal some injuries
“It drives me crazy to hear a trainer say we’re going to give the horse stall rest and walk him under tack in the shedrow,” Bramlage said. “The horse needs to get out to pasture and move around as much as possible. Bone is very dynamic. It’s laid down where it’s needed and taken away where it’s not.”
horseracing  industry  equine-health  equine-safety  veterinary-care 
july 2015 by jnchapel
Horse welfare, safety discussed at Keeneland summit
“This perception that you shouldn’t be racing 2-year-olds, I have to say again and again, it’s a total misperception,” Parkin said. “The earlier you start racing a horse the better for their long-term career in terms of their bone health. I’m not saying that you should hammer a 2-year-old too frequently, but certainly exercise at an early age is a good thing for the racehorse, and this is borne out by these data.”

Also: “There are bound to be unmeasured variables that we haven’t taken into account, and there are tons of them if you think about it,” Parkin added, pointing to detailed training records, medical records, and a horse’s race-day health status as examples of current unknowns. “Things that we don’t have access to are bound to be associated with risk,” Parkin said. “The availability of medical and treatment records, we believe, is critical.”
horseracing  industry  equine-health  equine-safety  juveniles 
july 2015 by jnchapel
Stronach Group hires equine health and safety director
"O’Neil, who has practiced equine medicine for 35 years, will be based at Gulfstream Park, the company said in a release, and will focus on implementing the company’s new policies at Gulfstream and Calder Race Course, which the Stronach Group is leasing from Churchill Downs Inc."
horseracing  equine-safety  equine-health  stronach  reforms 
july 2014 by jnchapel
Contessa advocates for more transparency at safety summit
"Barry agreed that veterinary treatments need to be more broadly shared among the people who may care for or own the horse during its lifetime. He advocated creating a central database of the treatments administered to horses that could be accessed by the individuals who are caring for the horse, in the same manner as the consolidation taking place in human medicine to make a person’s lifetime health records available across a broad spectrum of caregivers."
horseracing  equine-safety  equine-health  veterinary-care  trainers  grayson  welfare-safety-summit 
july 2014 by jnchapel
Bramlage: Short, high-intensity workouts might be best
"During the Tuesday presentation, Bramlage also stressed that horses need to be exercised regularly as 2-year-olds in order to build strong bones, citing the physiology of bone growth and studies showing that horses who run as 2-year-olds suffer far fewer catastrophic injuries than horses that do not run at 2." Also: "Bramlage also recommended that racetracks 'entertain' the idea of allowing for both left-handed and right-handed training, as studies seem to suggest that horses’ musculoskeletal systems would benefit from the variation, he said. He also said it would be reasonable for trainers to modify the gaits that their horses use and require them to perform different exercises than just running around the track in order to allow for more complete growth of bone to handle different and unexpected stresses and loads that can arise during a race ..."
horseracing  equine-health  training  bone-modeling  workouts  grayson  welfare-safety-summit 
july 2014 by jnchapel
Researchers study bleeding in Australian racehorses
"The study results also revealed that of the horses banned for epistaxis, 41.8% experienced an incident within their first 10 starts. 'This was surprising because it’s been suggested that epistaxis might be a wear-and-tear type problem, and that horses that have done more racing are more likely to bleed,' said Knight. 'But in this study there was a very high percentage that bled early in their careers.' It could be that wear-and-tear is not a contributing factor, or that horses do not need much wear-and-tear to become bleeders he added, noting that no direct conclusions on these hypotheses can be drawn ..."
horseracing  equine-health  eiph  lasix 
june 2014 by jnchapel
Every day, I almost quit: Confessions of a racetrack veterinarian
"Papp said she unwittingly contributed to another bad outcome by injecting the knee of a horse that had one small bone chip with a pain medication. It won its next race, but as a result of that race Papp found the injury was much worse, with numerous bone chips in the knee, when she examined it."
horseracing  equine-health  veterinarians 
may 2014 by jnchapel
A review of fatal fetlock injuries in California racehorses
"[Dr. McKerney] said the identification of this pre-existing lesion in the bone beneath the joint surface is a new finding that, with further investigation, could lead to ways to detect affected horses before catastrophic fetlock injury occurs."
horseracing  equine-safety  equine-health  injuries  california 
january 2014 by jnchapel
Digging deeper into Breeders' Cup Lasix study
"- Of the 78 previous starts made by the Cal-breds, 74 of those efforts included the administration of race-day Lasix (94.9%). Only two of the 19 starters (10.5%) previously had ever started without it. All 19 started on Lasix in the two Nov. 1 stakes races. - Of the 59 starters in the five Breeders' Cup races for 2-year-olds that prohibited race-day Lasix, 19 (32.2%) had previously raced without the diuretic. Of the 212 previous starts of this group, 157 (74%) were made with Lasix."
horseracing  breeders-cup  equine-health  drugs-in-racing  raceday-medications  lasix  lasix-ban 
december 2013 by jnchapel
Study raises questions about antibleeding drug
“The results of this study are certainly interesting but, as the scientists indicated, speak for themselves and don’t lend to any conclusions, just the need for further research,” said Alan Foreman, chairman of the Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association. “I agree that further research is indicated to better understand the information reported from the Breeders’ Cup horses and its significance.”
horseracing  breeders-cup  equine-health  drugs-in-racing  raceday-medications  lasix  lasix-ban 
december 2013 by jnchapel
Breeders' Cup chief surprised by findings on Lasix treated juveniles
"The research, conducted by the Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, looks sure to be seized on by critics of the decision to reverse the ban on Lasix in the juvenile races next year."
horseracing  breeders-cup  equine-health  drugs-in-racing  raceday-medications  lasix  lasix-ban 
december 2013 by jnchapel
Breeders’ Cup 2YO Lasix study a step toward more research
"The study results shows that bleeding to some degree was statistically greater on the dirt races than turf, which is what American horsemen and veterinarians anecdotally have long believed and use as a powerful argument why we shouldn’t follow Europe’s standard."
horseracing  breeders-cup  equine-health  drugs-in-racing  raceday-medications  lasix  lasix-ban 
december 2013 by jnchapel

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