equine research

Researchers Seek Input from Farriers, Vets for New Study on Equine Foot Health

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh's Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have launched a new study that focuses on equine foot health and care. The study, open to equine veterinary practitioners and professional farriers in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, seeks their input to help quantify key aspects of hoof knowledge, care and maintenance. Topics included in the study: demographic information, hoof education and knowledge, perceptions of collaborative efforts among the surveyed populations, as well as questions on hoof mechanics, recommendations for hoof specific...

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Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation Approves over $2.4 Million in 2024 Funding

The board of directors of Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has authorized expenditure of $2,455,164 to fund 11 new projects and 13 continuing projects at 14 universities, as well as three career development awards. "Once again, this year's projects affect all types of horses in every stage of development demonstrating Grayson's commitment to all breeds and disciplines," said Jamie Haydon, president of Grayson. "I am especially pleased that we were able to offer a special career development award this year in honor of Nancy Kelly, who was Grayson's vice president of...

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Research Proposals on Lasix will be Accepted by HISA Sept. 1

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority called for potential researchers to prepare research proposals on the administration of furosemide, still commonly called Lasix in racing, to Thoroughbred racehorses during the 48-hour period before the start of a race, the organization said in a release Thursday evening. The call for proposals is expected to be released Sept. 1. As the Authority was created by the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA) of 2020, it is mandated by Congress to include at least one study on the use of furosemide. Included in...

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Symbiosis of Breeders, Gluck Equine Research Center Reaches New Heights

When Dr. Emma Adam took on the role of equine outreach veterinarian in 2018, the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science hoped that the renewed position could continue to bridge the gap between their research and diagnostic laboratories and the industry that they serve. With five years now under her belt in the role, Adam is pleased with the strides that have been made in fostering relationships with the equine community--particularly within the Thoroughbred business in Central Kentucky--and she is optimistic that those connections will lead to further advancements...

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Study on the Impact of Training on Bone Robustness in Racehorses

University of California Davis released new research in the journal Scientific Reports exploring the relationship between training and bone health in racehorses in the US. The study reports that high-speed and intensity exercise may be associated with more damage and reduced robustness in injured lower leg bones in racehorses. Among the findings, UC Davis's Sarah Shaffer and her colleagues explored the relationship between exercise and bone damage, while examining the proximal sesamoid bone (a bone in the lower leg) during the necropsy of 20 racehorses. The authors examined the fractured...

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Grayson-Jockey Club Calls for Research into EHV Vaccine

Edited press release Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation has issued a formal call for research applications focused on the development of a nucleic acid-based vaccine against equine herpes virus (EHV). Dr. John Ballantyne and Fargo-Moorhead Area Foundation have committed $2 million to fund this research. "We are so grateful to Dr. Ballantyne for his generosity in supporting efforts to address EHV, a disease that affects all horses," said Dell Hancock, chair of the foundation. "This gift will enable Grayson to continue its commitment to funding critical research for horses, and our...

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TERF Awards $20k to the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine

The Thoroughbred Education and Research Foundation (TERF) has awarded $20,000 to the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine to be used for equine research. In alignment with their mission to support and promote equine research, TERF annually provides grant funding to organizations that are engaged in the research of issues which impact equine health. Funding will be used to support research by Mary Robinson, VMD, PhD in a study of the use of bisphosphonates to medically treat equines. Bisphosphonates inhibit bone breakdown and are useful for treating bone disorders...

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