Understanding Equine Gastric Ulcers

Understanding Equine Gastric Ulcers

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...

Horse Racing Terminology

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...
Accidents Happen! Stable First Aid Kit

Accidents Happen! Stable First Aid Kit

“I think we need stitches,” was the text I received last Sunday at 8:30 p.m.  My friend Jessie’s three-year-old Quarter Horse Ghost had a major cut on his hind leg. Talk about bad timing, our attempts to get ahold of a vet were futile and with the...
Thoroughbred Racehorse Name Game

Thoroughbred Racehorse Name Game

Aside from standing in the winners’ circle, naming a racehorse is arguably one of the most fun parts of ownership. Over the years we have seen beautiful, witty, stoic, and even downright perverse names, each with a story behind it. Obtaining the perfect name can...
Up, Up and Away!!

Up, Up and Away!!

On the heels of the Kentucky Derby many people wonder how winner California Chrome travelled to and from his home racetrack of Los Alamitos in Cypress, California, to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. California Chrome wasn’t shipped by train and he...
The Kentucky Derby

The Kentucky Derby

Every year there is full-blown battle to obtain one of the 20 available spots in the Kentucky Derby’s starting gate. Only the absolute best three-year-old Thoroughbreds gain entry and a chance to win their place in the history books. Beautiful and timeless...