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Equine Dorsal Metacarpal Disease — Bucked Shins

Equine Dorsal Metacarpal Disease — Bucked Shins

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Equine dorsal metacarpal disease, commonly known as bucked shins, affects at least 70 percent of horses in Thoroughbred horse racing. It is a painful condition that, once developed, requires horses to rest more and/or train less. Even after initial healing, 12 percent of affected horses will later develop cortical stress fractures, which present a… Read More »

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Horse Racing, Naturally

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Nutraceutical is a relatively new word. So new, in fact, that my spellcheck doesn’t recognize it. Nutraceutical is the product of smashing “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical” together, becoming representative of finding a natural pathway to better health, performance and treatment of disease. According to the National Nutraceutical Center, Nutraceuticals are made from herbal or botanical… Read More »

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Understanding Equine Gastric Ulcers

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Edwin L. Simpson, D.V.M. Equine Gastric Ulcer Syndrome is a common ailment of horses, causing discomfort, colic and poor performance. An estimated 60-90% of performance horses are afflicted, with racehorses being the most affected. The various equine industries spend millions of dollars each year attempting to treat and manage equine gastric ulcers. This article… Read More »

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Tibial Stress Fractures in the Racehorse

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Introduction to Tibial Stress Fractures Tibial stress fractures frequently occur in young racehorses but can also appear in older horses getting back into training after a long period of rest. Although they can happen at most any training phase, these types of fractures typically occur during developmental training or retraining between 3/8 and 5/8… Read More »

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Dirty jobs: Horse Trainer

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It takes a rare amount of commitment, horsemanship, business savvy, integrity, intelligence and above all PASSION to become a successful racehorse trainer. You will be tested time and time again and your love of horses and the sport must persevere. Some of the best trainers in the world have had career years in their… Read More »

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Dirty Jobs: Jockey

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A jockey can make thousands of dollars in less than two minutes; they sport six pack abs year round, they get to ride really fast horses for a living and they can have all the luxuries they want just like a rock star! But, don’t forget to read the fine print. . . ideally… Read More »

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Horse Racing Terminology

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A hotwalker is not a person who struts the corner on the wrong side of town, when the trainer tells you to “shank that horse” he is not telling you to stab the horse with a blade and “that jockey has the bug” certainly doesn’t mean he is terminally ill. Its got a beautiful backside is… Read More »

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Dirty Jobs: Assistant Trainer

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If assistant trainers got paid by the hour they would be millionaires! These hard working and dedicated individuals log in more time at the track than anyone else.. Who’s at the barn to meet a horse shipping in at midnight? Who’s still on the backside watching their horse cool out after running in the last race?… Read More »

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Dirty Jobs: Hot walker

By SynNutra, Inc. |

Round and round and round and . . . seems like that’s all we ever do at the racetrack, just keep turning left! But no one goes round and round more than the hot walkers. Thoroughbred trainers like George Weaver, Jerry Gryczewski, and Bobby Frankel hail from all over the map and all different walks of… Read More »

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Dirty Jobs: Exercise Rider

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An exercise rider gets paid to gallop, jog, and breeze racehorses. They facilitate the daily exercise that these equine athletes need to get ready to race for the first time and to stay fit in between races. The rider also passes on crucial information to the trainer about the horse’s attitude and soundness on the track…. Read More »

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