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Ranking The Best Thoroughbred Horse Racing Tracks In North America

Ranking The Best Thoroughbred Horse Racing Tracks In North America

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Large crowds, pristine views, huge purses, awesome locations, and rich traditions are just some of the reasons why the best horse racing tracks in North America remain popular to this day. We took the time to make a list of the top-25 best thoroughbred horse racing tracks in North America and many popular racing tracks are at the front. The Triple Crown racing tracks obviously make our top-25 list but so does Del Mar in San Diego and Saratoga in New York. Best Thoroughbred Horse Racing Tracks In North America Churchill Downs in Kentucky Belmont Park in New York Del Mar in California Saratoga in New York Aqueduct in New York Hollywood Park in California Santa Anita in California Keeneland in Kentucky Arlington Park in Chicago Gulfstream Park in Florida Fair Grounds in Louisiana Monmouth Park in New Jersey Pimlico in Maryland Lone Star Park in Texas Calder Race Course in Florida Turfway Park in Kentucky Laurel in Maryland Oaklawn Park in Arkansas Hawthorne/Sportsmans in Illinois Thistledown in Ohio Ellis Park in Kentucky Woodbine in Ontario, Canada Philadelphia Park in Pennsylvania Mountaineer Park in West Virginia Prairie Meadows in Iowa Undefeated horse Justify, who was recently forced into retirement due to a troublesome ankle won at six of these tracks listed. He dominated in his first start at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 18 and never looked back, winning his next five races in fashion. He won the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs by 2-1/2 lengths, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. Justify went on to capture The Preakness Stakes at Pimlico under less-than-ideal conditions with pressure from the field. Then, Justify went on to win The Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion, winning by 1-3/4 lengths to become the first undefeated Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew in 1977. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. MORE: Understanding Tendon Injuries For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse Meds. Racehorse Meds is you trusted veterinary supplier of vitamins and supplements for horses, camels, alpacas, greyhounds, and pigeons. Visit our Twitter page for the latest flash sales and special...

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How to Take Proper Care of Your Horse’s Teeth

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Excellent Article! First posted June 8, 2018 on WikiHow.com – https://www.wikihow.com/Take-Proper-Care-of-Your-Horse%27s-Teeth A horse’s teeth are vital to his well-being. If they are painful, infected, or missing, he will not be able to chew his food properly and will rapidly lose condition. Therefore, horses require regular dental attention to catch problems early and ensure their teeth stay in tip-top condition. Part1 Checking Your Horse’s Teeth Yourself 1 Check your horse’s teeth regularly. Every responsible horse owner should regularly check their horse’s teeth on a regular basis. Fully visualizing all tooth surfaces of the molars requires specialist equipment, but you are still able to check the incisors and the molars for any obvious problems or signs of discomfort. Ideally, you should check your horse’s mouth as part of his bridling up routine each time he is ridden, but failing this, check his teeth at least once a week. 2 Smell your horse’s breath. Take a moment to smell the horse’s breath. This helps you to familiarize yourself with what is normal, so if the horse develops halitosis (bad breath) you will recognize it. 3 Inspect your horse’s incisors. An adult horse has 6 upper and 6 lower incisors at the front of the mouth. To inspect them, peel the upper lid up and lower lid down. Look from directly in front of the horse, and then from both the left and the right hand-side. In profile, the biting edge of the teeth should meet in a smooth line. The enamel surface should be free from cracks and the teeth firm in the head, not loose or wobbly. There should be no swelling or change of gum color where the crown meets the gum. There should be no discharge coming from around the gum line. 4 Examine the diastema. It is normal for there to be a gap between the incisors at the front of the mouth, and the molars to the rear. This gap is known as the diastema. Some young horses grow extra “wolf” teeth, or tushes, in this gap. These teeth, which are technically known as the first premolars, start to erupt with the adult teeth and erupt from about 5 to 12 months of age.[1] It is important to recognize if these teeth are present or not because the bit will knock against them and cause the horse pain. Thankfully, it is a simple procedure for the vet to extract these teeth. 5 Check your horse’s molars. To the rear of the mouth are the molars. These are the grinding teeth that the horse uses to chew its food. If spurs develop they can dig into the cheek, or tongue, depending on the location. If you have a placid horse, or one trained to let you open his mouth, with the aid of a head torch you may be able to peer in and inspect the lingual (tongue-side) aspect of the molars. However,...

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Looking Back On Justify’s Historic Career Before Injury Forced Retirement

Looking Back On Justify’s Historic Career Before Injury Forced Retirement

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Triple Crown winner Justify has been forced into retirement from racing due to a troublesome ankle, ending a historic career on the track. “Justify had some filling in his ankle, and he is just not responding quick enough for a fall campaign,” trainer Bob Baffert told reporters earlier this week. “We all wanted to see Justify run again, but ultimately it is my responsibility to make sure he is perfect. Without 60-90 days, I can’t be definite.” In appreciation of his retirement, we will look back at what made the undefeated horse so special. Justify dominated in his first start at Santa Anita Park on Feb. 18 and never looked back, winning his next five races in fashion. He won the Kentucky Derby by 2-1/2 lengths, becoming the first horse since Apollo in 1882 to win the Derby without having raced as a 2-year-old. Justify went on to capture The Preakness Stakes under less-than-ideal conditions with pressure from the field. Then, Justify went on to win The Belmont Stakes in wire-to-wire fashion, winning by 1-3/4 lengths to become the first undefeated Triple Crown winner since Seattle Slew in 1977. Jockey Mike Smith was aboard the Triple Crown victories and he knew he was riding a special colt. “Like everyone else. I am disappointed he won’t run again, but I am thankful he came into my life,” Smith said in a statement. “There was never a time when I rode him that I felt like I was going to get beat. There was no horse who could run with him without sacrificing themselves, and there was no horse who could come get him. He truly is a gift from God.” Justify’s six victories resulted in him earning $3,798,000 in a short 3-1/2 month span. He became the 13th Triple Crown winner and the second horse to do so in four years. He captivated the hearts of many and his accomplishments will be one for the history books. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. MORE: Understanding Tendon Injuries For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse Meds. Racehorse Meds is you trusted veterinary supplier of vitamins and supplements for horses, camels, alpacas, greyhounds, and pigeons. Visit our Twitter page for the latest flash sales and special offers. Another great SALE @RacehorseMeds 50% off Ice Explosion! ????????Sale ends Thursday, July 26th at 11:59pm PST, SHOP NOW ??Click on the link below ?https://t.co/9WBQloCTm6#racehorse #horseracing #sale #animalsupplements #animalhealth #camelracing #pigeonracing pic.twitter.com/tSM3LY1RFS — Racehorse Meds (@RacehorseMeds) July 25,...

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2018 San Clemente Stakes: Race Video, Results, Betting Payouts

2018 San Clemente Stakes: Race Video, Results, Betting Payouts

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The 79th summer season at Del Mar got underway on July 18, and more than 40,000 people attended the opening day festivities. The 36-day meet, which runs until Sep. 3., includes six Grade 1 stakes races, highlighted by the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 18. Many were hoping Justify would compete in the Classic, and it remains to be seen if he will. Justify is dealing with a swollen left-front ankle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks before returning to training. Graded stakes race the San Clemente Stakes highlighted Saturday’s competition at Del Mar, located about 20 miles north of San Diego. War Heroine earn her first graded victory Saturday evening as the 5-1 shot in the San Clemente Stakes, holding off Ollie’s Candy and Ms Bad Behavior at the finish of the one-mile race on turf for three-year old fillies. Check out the race video below.  MORE: Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Results From Belmont Park 2018 San Clemente Stakes race video FRACTIONS:  :22.85  :46.86  1:10.67  1:22.56  1:34.90 Final time: 1:39.90 MORE: Triple Crown Winner Justify Has A Swollen Ankle, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 2 Weeks Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. 2018 San Clemente Stakes race results War Heroine (No. 10 horse) Ollie’s Candy (No. 14) Ms Bad Behavior (No. 2) Ahisma (No. 5) Flammetta (No. 8) Animosity (No. 8) West Palm Beach (No. 9) Ms Peuntour (No. 13) Miss Sienna (No. 4) Lexington Grace (No. 12) Dulce Ride (No. 6) Rockin Ready (No. 1) Pursuing The Dream (No. 11) 2018 San Clemente Stakes betting results War Heroine $13.80 to win, $7.80 to place, $4.80 to show Ollie’s Candy $8.60 to place, $5 to show Ms Bad Behavior $3.20 to show $1 Exacta $68.20 $2 Quinella $77.20 50 cent Trifecta $111.85 10 cent Superfecta $648.54 Betting WPS pool: $769,291 For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse Meds. Racehorse Meds is you trusted veterinary supplier of vitamins and supplements for horses, camels, alpacas, greyhounds, and pigeons. Joint health is very important for racing athletes, #Racehorsemeds carries an extensive line that includes Pentosan Injection, Glucosamine, Joint-50 Hyaluronate Sodium, Joint Oil and Red Acid Injection. #RacehorseMeds #AnimalSupplements #AnimalCare #RaceHorse pic.twitter.com/lZHDi3QDJP — Racehorse Meds (@RacehorseMeds) July 19,...

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Triple Crown Winner Justify Has A Swollen Ankle, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 2 Weeks

Triple Crown Winner Justify Has A Swollen Ankle, Will Be Re-Evaluated In 2 Weeks

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Justify is coming off a grueling schedule, winning six races in 111 days. He became the 13th Triple Crown winner of all time and the second horse to accomplish the feat since 1978. But has all the racing taken a toll on him? Justify is dealing with a swollen left-front ankle and will be re-evaluated in two weeks before returning to training. “We just have to evaluate it,” Hall of Fame horse trainer Bob Baffert said of his horse’s ankle, via the Daily Racing Form. “It goes and it comes. I don’t know if it’s because he’s been training on a different track. But it’s the first time he’s ever had a little filling, so you have to be cautious. “He’s not unsound. But he’s never carried any filling before. We gave him a couple of days, and then it came back. We’re being super-duper cautious.” MORE: Understanding and Treating EPM As far as any future races for Justify, co-owner WinStar Farm announced any plans will be decided after his ankle gets checked out. Options for his racing schedule are the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 18 at Del Mar and the Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday, Nov. 3 at Del Mar, a racetrack just outside of San Diego where Baffert says Justify will ship to Del Mar sometime next week. He will based there for the summer meet, which begins on July 18. 50% off Sale on Thunder ?? Injection! Shop Now! ?? Sale ends Friday, July 13th at 11:59 pm ESTClick here: https://t.co/jti4W2hafj#RacehorseMeds #AnimalSupplements #AnimalCare #RaceHorse #GreyhoundRaces #JointSupplements #Vitamins #Camels #CamelRacing#racehorsemeds pic.twitter.com/wYXf0enCPI — Racehorse Meds (@RacehorseMeds) July 13, 2018 MORE: ULCERS “The Most Overlooked Problem In Performance Horses” Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. MORE: Understanding Tendon Injuries For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse Meds. Racehorse Meds is you trusted veterinary supplier of vitamins and supplements for horses, camels, alpacas, greyhounds, and pigeons. Visit our Twitter page for the latest flash sales and special...

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Founder In Horses

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What is Founder?: Founder occurs due to the lack of blood flow in the laminae which produces inflammation in the hoof. As time goes by, the cells of the laminae are damaged due to the lack of oxygen and nutrients that are found in the blood. If the problem is not treated in the early stages of founder, the laminae will start to die and cause more problems along with pain. When the laminae die, the coffin bone can no longer support the weight of the horse. Sometimes the coffin bone can protrude through the sole, resulting in a possible irreversible case of lameness and excruciating pain. Founder (aka laminitis) in horses is a very serious condition of the foot caused by the coffin bone rotating and pointing towards the horse’s sole. This is extremely painful and in some instances it may be necessary to euthanize the horse. The Symptoms of Founder in Horses: Founder can happen in any of hoof, but most often it happens in the front. Some of the most common signs and symptons of founder are: Sudden lameness Reluctance to walk or move Laying down more often Pulse felt in the foot Alternating weight from leg to leg Does not want to lift, bend, or raise a leg Warm/hot hoof Obvious pain when standing or moving Standing with front legs out in front of their body Movement or rotation of coffin bone Standing with both front and rear legs under their body Types Of Founder: Acute founder is the sudden breakdown of the attachment between the hoof and the laminae (coffin bone) Chronic founder is the continuation of acute laminitis past the 72 hourmark Support-limb founder happens to the healthy hoof that must bear the weight of an injured hoof The Causes of Founder: Feeding your horse large amounts of soluble carbohydrates could cause an overload of undigested sugars and starches High fever or illness that causes equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) Severe cases of colic such as stress from travelling, foaling, or changes in the horses environment Infections such as a severe bacterial infection can cause blood poisoning (toxemia) and founder Working too hard or fast for a long period of time Cushing’s disease is a pituitary gland disease that causes increased hunger, thirst, sweating, and weight loss… and possibly founder. Diagnosis of Founder: Be prepared to tell your veterinarian your horse’s medical history along with their vaccination history. This will give your vet a head start prior to a comprehensive physical and lameness examination which includes palpation of certain areas for pain, heat, and inflammation. A static flexion will also be done to check out the range of motion. The veterinarian will ask you to trot your horse off to observe the horse in motion. A hoof tester  is used next to put pressure on certain areas of the foot to find the exact...

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Fractured Splint Bones

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The fracture of a splint bone in the horse is a reasonably common occurrance. The splint bone plays an important role in the stability and support of the knees and hocks, therefore it is important that all fractures involving them are treated immediately. Causes of Splint Bone Fractures: Fractures of the bottom third of the splint bone are what is most common and they are usually the result of internal trauma by over extending the fetlock joint. This will occur when the affected leg is fully weight bearing and the fetlock is at its lowest point of the horses stride. This results in stress being placed on the bone, between the attachments to the cannon bone at one end and the attachments to the fetlock at the other end. These fractures will usually occur in horses at around five to eight years of age when the splint bone has lost some flexibility. Strain of the suspensory ligament will often occur hand in hand with these bottom third fractures because similar stress is being placed on the ligament. Another possible way that the splint bone will break is when the suspensory strain will be what causes the splint bone to fracture as the injured suspensory ligament pushes the splint bones outwards during flexion of the fetlock. Conformation, which can lead to interference – (where one limb strikes another during work) will predispose horses to fracture their inside splint bones. A excellent example are knocked kneeed horses where the limb angles outwards below the knee. Horses with unbalanced feet -where inside and outside hoof walls are different lengths – may be more likely to suffer lower splint fractures. The Warning Signs Of Fracture: There will be swelling over the inside and/or outside of the cannon bone, heat, pain to the touch and lameness and are all signs that a splint bone may have been fractured. Simple fracture lameness isn’t always noticeable in a straight line trot, whereby lunging or faster work may be required to detect any lameness. Diagnosing a fracture: The signs of a fracture as described above will suggest a fracture may have occurred. X-rays will need to be taken to give a positive diagnosis of the injury. An ultrasound scan should also be done to see if there is any suspensory ligament strain that occurred at the same time as the fracture of the bottom third of the splint bone. Treatment Of The Injury: If there is an obvious swelling of the leg when the initial injury occurs, place ice on the area for 15-20 minutes before placing a very well padded pressure bandage over the area until your vet can examine your horse. Low fractures: The usual treatment for bottom third fractures is to surgically remove the broken bottom piece of bone and round off the end of the remaining portion. This is still the most preferred...

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Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Results From Belmont Park

Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series Results From Belmont Park

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Saturday’s Stars and Stripes Racing Festival at Belmont Park featured five graded stakes events, headlined by the Grade 1, $1.2 million Belmont Derby. Despite running in her third race in 17 days after running at England’s Royal Ascot, Athena, under jockey Ryan Moore surged from the middle of the pack to win the Belmont Derby. “She’s a very straightforward filly,” Moore told reporters after the race. “She’s taken her racing very well. I rode her before the start of the year and all she’s done is improve tremendously. In her first out, I wasn’t sure what she could do. The second time I rode her, she really impressed me. This was the third time I’ve rode her and I thought she was very impressive.”   According to Bloodhorse, Athena, who is owned by Susan Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith, arrived at Belmont Park this week following a third-place finish in the Juddmonte Pretty Polly Stakes (G1) July 1 at the Curragh. Athena is a half sister to group 1 winner Bracelet. She is out of the Green Desert mare Cherry Hinton. Results from the 2018 Belmont Derby Athena (10/1) Thewayiam (11/1) Chipolata (36/1) Significant Form Mighty Scarlett Fatale Bere Capla Temptress Paved  Toinette La Signare The 50-cent trifecta paid a whopping $1,225.25 at Belmont Park. MORE: Belmont Stakes Greatest Race Of All Time Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. Athena on the outside! Athena wins the Belmont Oaks Invitational! pic.twitter.com/wxBvRZV67m — NBC Sports (@NBCSports) July 7, 2018 MORE: Triple Crown Winner Justify Not Finished With Horse Racing The 2018 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, consisting of 14 races (13 Grade 1 events) with purses and awards totaling more than $30 million, will be held November 2-3 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., and will be televised live by NBC Sports. For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse Meds. Don't let your athlete suffer in pain, visit our website at https://t.co/i9HmIJLzN5 We have pain supplements for the treatment of pain and inflammation in racehorses, dogs (greyhounds), camels and other performance animals.#RacehorseMeds #AnimalSupplements #AnimalCare pic.twitter.com/e1GN4k9Qad — Racehorse Meds (@RacehorseMeds) July 6,...

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EIPH – Bleeding In Performance Horses

EIPH – Bleeding In Performance Horses

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Perhaps the most prominent of all disorders affecting racehorses is “bleeding” or exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH).  We now know, for a fact, that most racehorses will bleed during their careers.  Many horses bleed every time they undertake intense exercise, such as racing and breezing.  We also know that bleeding can occur in situations other than dash or flat racing.  EIPH has also been detected in horses such as three-day eventers, steeplechasers and polo ponies… among others.  EIPH has also been observed in draft horses pulling heavy loads.  The one common denominator is strenuous exercise. Even though EIPH has been recognized for over 300 years, we still have more questions than answers when it comes to the cause and prevention of EIPH.  Research in the last 30 plus years has shed some light on why horses bleed during strenuous exercise… but even today there is no true consensus regarding the cause of EIPH. How do we treat and prevent bleeding?  It is a tough task.  In large part, it is because of the controversy concerning the potential performance-enhancing effects of furosemide (Salix, formerly known as Lasix), the drug administered to racehorses who have a history of bleeding.  Also, in many instances, Salix is not the answer because it has a short half-life. How Common is EIPH??? To answer this question, we need to define what EIPH is.  Once upon a time, before the advent of endoscopes, a horse was called a “bleeder” only when it shed blood from their nose after a race (epistaxis).  However, research studies have shown that epistaxis occurs in only an extremely small percentage of racehorses that actually bleed (1-2%). Therefore, if bleeding is defined as the presence of blood in the windpipe or trachea after hard exercise, the percentage of affected absolutely horses skyrockets.  This type of EIPH has been referred to as “internal” bleeding.  In this case, the horse bleeds from the lung, up into the trachea and not out of the nose. In studies of Standardbreds and thoroughbreds, where these horses were scoped 60-90 minutes after racing, bleeding was detected in 50-60% of horses!  In studies where the same horses were examined after three races, almost 90% bled on at least one occasion!!! Another indicator of bleeding is the presence of a red blood cell breakdown product hemosiderin in lung macrophages.  These are detected from a broncho alveolar lavage (BAL) or tracheal wash, in which a small amount of fluid is placed into the lung and then drawn out to be analyzed, which essentially “washes” part of the lung.  Studies have shown that over 90% all racehorses have these hemosiderin-laden macrophages in these lung secretions, indicating that there was some degree of bleeding that has occurred in the recent past. Also, it is apparent that even young racehorses experience some degree of EIPH soon after beginning fast work.  In general, the incidence and severity of bleeding increase with age, due to scarring that...

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Understanding and Treating EPM

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EPM (Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis) is a master of disguise. This very serious disease can be difficult to diagnose because its signs often act like other health and lameness problems in horses and the signs can range from mild to extremely severe. More than fifty percent (and in some areas of the U.S. and Canada can be as high as 90%) of horses may have been exposed to the organism that causes EPM. The primary organism that causes EPM is a protozoal parasite called Sarcocystis Neurona, and also another protozoal parasite Neospora Hughesi can also cause EPM.  Fortunately for us, only a very small percentage of horses which have been exposed to either of these organisms will develop EPM.  This disease is not transmitted from horse to horse.  The organism Sarcocystis Neurona is spread by the definitive host the opossum, which acquires this organism from raccoons, skunks, cats, armadillos and sea otters. The infectious stage of the organism, the sporocysts, is passed through the opossum’s feces. The horse then comes into contact with the infective sporocysts either while grazing, eating contaminated feed and/or drinking water. The definitive or intermediate hosts for Neospora Hughesi have still not yet been identified. Once ingested by the horse, the sporocysts migrate from the intestinal tract into the bloodstream and then they cross into the blood/brain barrier.  Once there, they begin to attack the horse’s central nervous system. The initial onset of the disease may be slow or sudden. If it is left untreated, EPM can cause devastating and long-lasting neurological damage. EPM SYMPTOMS: The clinical signs of EPM can vary.  Clinical signs are usually asymmetrical – not the same on both sides of the horse.  Actual signs may depend on the location and severity of lesions that develop in the horse’s brain, brain stem or spinal cord.  These signs may include: Incoordination (Ataxia) and weakness, which worsens when going up or down hills or when their head is elevated Spasticity (stiff movements), abnormal gait or lameness Muscle atrophy, which is most noticeable in the large muscles of the hind end, but can also involve the muscles of the face or front limbs Paralysis of muscles of the eyes, mouth or face, which is evident by drooping eyes, lips or ears Difficulty with swallowing Abnormal sweating Seizures or collapse – which is extremely rare Loss of sensation along the face, body, and neck Odd head tilt along with poor balance – the horse may also lean against stall walls for support. There are several factors that may influence the progression EPM, however, these four issues appear to be most important: How long does the horse harbor the parasite prior to treatment? What is the extent of the infection – the number of organisms ingested Stressful events following initial infection or stressful events, such as racing or eventing, while infected. The point or points in the brain or spinal cord where the organism...

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Top Moments From The Prestigious 2018 Royal Ascot

Top Moments From The Prestigious 2018 Royal Ascot

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The British Royals gathered to kick off the 2018 horse racing season at Royal Ascot this past week, a major calendar event at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire, located in southeast England, west of London. The event concluded on Saturday with the Queen Alexandra Stakes, a race featuring 16 horses going a whopping 2 3/4 miles, more than a mile longer than the final race of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes. Pallasator stumbled down the stretch in the Queen Alexandra Stakes but was able to win the long race. The story was the major betting payouts. MORE: Belmont Stakes Greatest Race Of All Time Pallasator: $12.40 / $4.80 Renneti: $25.40 Count Octave: $3.80 Exacta: $258.80 Trifecta: $1,916.50 Full results from the 2018 Queen Alexandra Stakes Pallasator 11/2 odds to win Renneti 40/1 Count Octave 4/1 Light Pillar 20/1 Glencadam Glory 14/1 Thomas Hobson 11/8f Uber Cool 20/1 Fun Mac 8/1 Nearly Caught 9/1 Tempestatefloresco 66/1 Pearl Dragon 50/1 Meri Devie 20/1 Guard of Honour 50/1 Fort Jefferson 66/1 L’Attesa 100/1 Le Maitre Chat 66/1 £56,025.00 went to the winner of the Queen Alexandra Stakes, Pallasator, with second place Renneti getting £16,776.00, third earned £8,388.00, fourth was £4,194.00 and fifth paid £2,097.00.  Also hitting a major trifecta was the Chesham Stakes earlier on Saturday. Check it out. Arthur Kitt (13-2) remains unbeaten (2-2) as he shows a great attitude to defeat Nate The Great in a close finish to the Chesham Stakes at #RoyalAscot. pic.twitter.com/UtlQeCK90S — Racing UK (@Racing_UK) June 23, 2018 Arthur Kitt: $16.00 / $4.60 Nate the Great: $6.20 Duke of Hazzard: $9.00 Exacta: $86.80 Trifecta: $1,830.60 as Beyond Reason finished fourth behind 25/1 Duke of Hazzard. Highlights from the 2018 Royal Ascot Next year the Royal procession will appear at 2 p.m. on June 18 as the prestigious tradition continues. MORE: Triple Crown Winner Justify Not Finished With Horse Racing Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. The goal of our company is to produce the best possible product and deliver it right to your doorstep. Want to maximize the performance of your equine athlete? We can help! We offer free shipping on Canadian and U.S. orders over $400 and international orders over $1,000! Visit https://t.co/rcqZgM6ZqG to increase the performance of your equine athlete! ???#RacehorseMeds #AnimalSupplements #AnimalCare #RaceHorse #GreyhoundRaces #JointSupplements pic.twitter.com/KZn3E0M0Sa — Racehorse Meds (@RacehorseMeds) June 22, 2018 For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Triple Crown Winner Justify Not Finished With Horse Racing

Triple Crown Winner Justify Not Finished With Horse Racing

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Justify is coming off a grueling schedule, winning six races in 111 days. He became the 13th Triple Crown winner of all time and the second horse to accomplish the feat since 1978. Where will Justify be next? Options for his racing schedule are the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 29 at New Jersey’s Monmouth Park, the $1 million Pacific Classic on Aug. 18 at Del Mar and the $1.25 million Travers on Aug. 25 at Saratoga. According to Horse Racing Nation, there are several other races Justify could race in this year before trainer Bob Baffert decides the future of the undefeated horse in 2019. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. MORE: Side-By-Side Video Shows Similarities Of Justify And American Pharoah Here are six other spots in which you could see him back on track: Saturday, July 14: Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby Saturday, Sept. 22: Grade 1 Pennsylvania Derby Date TBA (likely Saturday, Sept. 29): Grade 1 Awesome Again Stakes MORE: Justify Goes Wire-To-Wire In Belmont Stakes, Becomes 13th Horse To Win Triple Crown Date TBA (likely Saturday, Sept. 29): Grade 3 Lukas Classic Saturday, Nov. 3: Breeders’ Cup Classic Saturday, Jan. 26: Pegasus World Cup Justify is currently back home at Santa Anita Park in California outside of Los Angeles. “Our focus was on each race as they came up,” Elliot Walden of WinStar Farms told reporters after Justify’s Triple Crown banner was unveiled this past week. “Now we can take a deep breath and just see how the horse is.” Racehorse Meds is you trusted veterinary supplier of vitamins and supplements for horses, camels, alpacas, greyhounds, and pigeons. Visit our Twitter page for the latest flash sales and special offers. Shop The Sale: https://t.co/w6WOjIaiXd pic.twitter.com/1HUUsDelxv — Racehorse Meds (@RacehorseMeds) June 16, 2018 For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Understanding Tendon Injuries

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Your horse has injured one of the major tendons in his leg and your veterinarian says he’ll be laid up for nine to twelve months. The superficial and deep digital flexor tendons run like cables down the back of a horse’s leg.  Bringing a horse back from a tendon injury is a long and also can be a frustrating process. There is no guarantee of success.  Injuries like these can end a horse’s career… but how you manage your horse’s injury can make all the difference in the outcome. We will walk you through the steps to recovery and show you when and how you can help make a difference between success and failure.   We will also point out some of the problems and pitfalls you may encounter. Injuries are common in the key tendons that run down the back of the lower leg.  The superficial and deep digital flexor tendons. The tendons extend from muscles high in the leg to the foot; when the muscles contract, they flex the horse’s leg. They also help to support the leg and they come under tremendous stress when a horse gallops, jumps or does any type of athletic maneuver. Although we are discussing tendons, the steps we will cover also apply to injuries in the ligaments. Tendons and ligaments have different functions.  Tendons transfer the action of muscles to the skeleton, while ligaments connect bone to bone to keep joints from wobbling. Tendons and ligaments are formed of similar tissue and are injured by similar stress and they basically heal in the same way. Tendons and ligaments go through the same phases of healing as skin or other body tissues, but the process is much, much slower because of the way they are built. Both structures are made up largely of an organized network of dense, elastic connective tissue, rich in a very tough protein called collagen. Living cells called fibroblasts maintain the network. Fibers of collagen run lengthwise throughout the tendons. They stretch to take the load when your horse puts his weight on the leg and spring back like a group of rubber bands when the weight comes off.  If the horse overloads the leg (perhaps by just landing wrong on uneven ground), the fibers can tear. Tremendous damage can be instant or it can build up over time as repetitive loads outstrip the ability of the fibroblasts to keep up with repairs. There are relatively few of these cells compared to the amount of collagen in a tendon or ligament, and that’s one reason why these injuries heal very slowly. In addition to this, tendons and ligaments have poor blood supplies. A severe tear will take longer to heal than a mild one, and a twelve-year-old horse may heal more slowly than a three-year-old. Typically ligaments heal a bit faster than tendons, but you still may be looking...

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Suspensory Ligament Injuries – Diagnosis and Treatment

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Suspensory ligament injuries are a common cause of lameness in the horse, particularly athletic horses and those involved in competitive events. Often these injuries are chronic and have a high probability of recurrence, which makes them a significant concern for horse owners. Recent advances in our understanding of these injuries, improvements in diagnosis, and new options for treatment have improved the prognosis for horses with these injuries. In this article, we’ll review the anatomy and physiology of the suspensory ligament and present current concepts on diagnosis and treatment of suspensory ligament injuries. Anatomy & Physiology The anatomy of the lower limb of the horse below the knee or hock is very similar. The horse has evolved to the point where it is walking on what would be the equivalent of our middle or third finger, with the joints of the knee or hock being the equivalent of our wrist (carpus), or ankle (tarsus). The weight of the horse is borne on a central column of bones comprised of the cannon bone (third metacarpus or metatarsus), the pastern bones, and the coffin bone within the hoof. This column of bones is supported by several large tendons and ligaments in the back of the leg including the superficial digital flexor tendon, the deep digital flexor tendon, and the suspensory ligament. Horses have evolved and adapted to move rapidly and efficiently. Using principles of kinematics one can calculate theoretical limits for the speed a horse should attain when galloping based on the mass of its muscles, the dimensions of its skeleton, and the amount of force it should be able to produce to propel its body mass forward. Interestingly, when we compare actual measurements of athletic performance to calculated estimates the horse consistently exceeds the estimates by 10 to 20 percent. Anatomy of the Lower Limb (Front Leg) Part of the reason for this is the fact that the flexor tendons and suspensory ligament act like giant rubber bands to store and return kinetic energy to the galloping horse. Muscle contraction can only change the length of the superficial flexor tendon by two percent, whereas it has the ability to repeatedly stretch under load an additional 16 percent, and return to normal length without injury. The function of the suspensory ligament is more complex than simply acting as a passive connector between two bones, as the traditional concept of a ligament describes. Its principal role is to prevent excessive extension of the fetlock joint. It also acts in the capture and release of kinetic energy and in the dynamic support of the limb during athletic performance. It is useful to think of the suspensory ligament in three separate regions: the upper (proximal) part, the body, and the branches. It is approximately 10 to 12 centimeters long and approximately one square centimeter in cross-sectional area. It originates at the proximal aspect of the...

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Testing For Shoulder Lameness in a Horse

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It is not always easy to locate or diagnose the source of lameness in a horse, or sometimes to decide exactly which leg it is lame on.  Shoulder lameness is not a common occurrence in horses, some vets will only see one or two cases of shoulder lameness a year. What looks like a shoulder lameness can often be due to a problem in the foot, but if you suspect that horse may have a shoulder injury there are a few tests that you can do yourself.  As always you should get a veterinarian to examine the horse if it is in pain to determine the cause and advise appropriate treatment.     OBSERVE THE HORSE WHILE IT IS RESTING If you suspect that the lameness is coming from the shoulder first observe the horse while it is resting in the stable or in the field.  A sound horse frequently rests on one hind leg, but will normally have his weight evenly distributed on both forelegs, unless he is very tired when he may rest each foreleg alternatively.  If a horse is lame in the shoulder the lame leg usually appears to hang down and may be slightly behind the other foreleg.     TROTTING THE HORSE UP TO TEST FOR SHOULDER LAMENESS Once you have observed the horse while it is resting take him outside to trot him up.  First of all look at the horse in a walk.  Have someone walk the horse towards you, past you and away from you on a loose rein on a smooth level surface. A severe lameness will be evident in a walk.  Repeat this in a trot. The horse will take a shorter stride with the unsound leg. If it is lame in one of his front legs he will drop his head as the sound foot comes to the ground, then raises it to take the weight off the leg which is causing him pain.  Sometimes in shoulder lameness, a horse will swing the lame leg slightly or catch his toe on the ground. If you suspect that the horse is lame in the shoulder there are further tests that can be carried out.   TESTS FOR SHOULDER LAMENESS IN A HORSE To find out if the pain is in the shoulder pull the horse’s leg forwards and then backwards as far as it will go two or three times, and if he flinches or is inclined to rear up, he is probably feeling some pain, and if you have him trotted directly after this treatment he will probably be even lamer than before.  Some horses are inclined to resent this manipulation, so both shoulders should be tested.  A further test for shoulder lameness is to trot the horse uphill and down. If lame in the shoulder, he will be lamer going uphill than down. In the case of foot lameness, the reverse is the case....

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2018 Preakness Odds: Justify Favorite To Win Second Leg of Triple Crown

2018 Preakness Odds: Justify Favorite To Win Second Leg of Triple Crown

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Undefeated in four races, Justify will soon head to Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore to attempt to win the second leg of the Triple Crown, the Preakness Stakes on Saturday, May 19. Justify resumed training Thursday at Churchill Downs for the first time since winning the Kentucky Derby, dispelling any concerns about a minor hind-foot condition. “Very happy,”assistant trainer Jimmy Barnes said in a statement. “The horse came onto the track perfect, galloped perfect and came back very good, so I couldn’t be happier. “He was ready to go back to the track. He was getting a little pushy in the stall, and you could tell it was time for him to get back out there.” Justify is a big 1-2 favorite for the shortest leg of the Triple Crown and could be latest horse to see success in Baltimore. Over the past 20 years Kentucky Derby winners have fared well at Pimlico Race Course. Nine have won a second straight race, four have finished second, and two have finished third. Bolt d’Oro, who finished 12th behind Justify in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, is still under consideration to run in the 1 3/16-mile Preakness Stakes. “We’re going to see how he’s training up to it, and it doesn’t matter if Justify runs or not. We know we’re going to have to run against him,” owner/trainer Mick Ruis said in a press release. “If we feel we’re good to go in there, we’re going.” Kentucky Derby runner-up Good Magic also remains a candidate for the Preakness and a decision from trainers is expected very soon. Odds to win 2018 Preakness Stakes Justify, 1-2 Good Magic, 3-1 Bolt d’Oro, 8-1 Quip, 12-1 Bravazo, 18-1 Tenfold, 20-1 Pony Up, 25-1 Sporting Chance, 28-1 Diamond King, 28-1 Lone Sailor, 30-1 Will there be a 2018 Triple Crown Winner? Yes +160 No -220 Odds via Sportsbook.ag. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their...

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How to diagnose stifle lameness in horses

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  Lameness involving the stifle is quite commonly seen in horses, but it can often be challenging to diagnose these conditions accurately. Firstly, an understanding of the complex anatomy is essential to appreciate the structures within the stifle that might be damaged. The stifle is largest joint in the horse and is equivalent to the human knee. It has similar bones, ligaments and soft tissues, including a patella, menisci and cruciate ligaments. The stability of the joint is greatly assisted by the strong patella ligaments which can fix the patella above the medial condyle of the femur. A particular feature of the horse’s stifle is that this medial femoral condyle is much larger than the lateral one.   The three patella ligaments help hook the patella into position so the horse can rest standing for hours without using its muscles, this is part of the so-called ‘stay apparatus’ of the hind limb. There are two joints in the stifle, the largest being the femoropatellar joint, and the two smaller lateral and medial femorotibial joints. Both joints are supported by a complex series of ligaments and there are menisci between the femur and the tibia to assist in allowing these bones to glide smoothly over each other when the horse moves. As always a clinical examination by your veterinarian will help to pinpoint the stifle as the cause of lameness and will rely on joint swelling, response to flexion tests and often (but not always) improvement of the lameness after injecting a local anesthetic into the joints. X-rays and ultrasound are the most useful techniques for diagnosing stifle problems, but bone scan, and in some large equine hospitals MRI and CT can also be used. The stifle is a high motion joint which is prone to injury at high speed or when jumping. The list of injuries and conditions that can affect the stifle is extensive but we will concentrate on some examples of common problems that may affect your horse. We will deal with the two major categories of stifle injury 1: Femoropatellar Conditions: Locking or upward fixation of the patella:   Locking of the patella is very common ailment particularly of ponies and young horses. It can also be seen in adults, especially those that have a concurrent traumatic stifle injury or in performance horses that are suddenly taken out of work and boxed. In severe cases the condition can be diagnosed simply by observing the limb being held out behind the horse with the stifle ‘locked’, the horse can usually release this lock itself and the patella releases with a snap. In less severe cases the patella release may just be delayed, and these horses may show a rather jerky movement of their hindlimbs. In other mild cases, the only signs seen may be an unwillingness to canter, or frequent switching of leads and skipping at a...

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Laminitis is a serious, crippling disease of horses

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Laminitis is one of the most serious, crippling diseases of horses. Severe and recurring cases of laminitis can reduce a horse’s usefulness or result in the horse being destroyed to prevent further suffering. Treatment can require a lot of time and money (whether successful or not) and requires a good deal of energy from the carer for an extended period of time. Recent research has shown a strong association between the high insulin levels seen in most ponies with Cushing’s Disease (Pituitary Pars Intermedia Disease (PPID)) and Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and susceptibility to laminitis; indeed it is now thought that the majority of laminitis cases are PPID or EMS individuals. There is an extremely effective treatment now available for PPID. Please contact for details.   What is laminitis? Laminitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the tissues (laminae) that bond the hoof wall to the coffin bone in the horse’s hoof. It can affect any horse, of any age or sex, at any time of the year. Although it is traditionally considered a disease of fat ponies, laminitis can be triggered by a variety of metabolic or physical causes in any horse as discussed in ‘Causes of laminitis’. Laminitis is caused by weakening of the supporting lamina within the hoof, leading to painful tearing of the support structure suspending the pedal bone within the hoof. If laminitis is not treated promptly, the coffin bone drops or the coffin bone can rotate downwards. Laminitis and Founder are not the same. Laminitis can, but does not always result in Founder. The word Founder describes the sinking of the horse’s foot. The sinking occurs when the laminar bond fails. The laminar bond is made up of two layers: The insensitive nonliving layer that grows from the coronary band (comparable to our finger nail). This is attached to the sensitive laminae (similar to the sensitive skin under our finger nails), which interlocks with insensitive tissue forming a remarkably strong bond. The level of pain a horse demonstrates does not necessarily indicate either laminitis or founder. Some horses show tremendous pain while they are laminitic, and others show very little. The same may be true for foundering horses.   What to do if Laminitis occurs Treat laminitis as an emergency. Call a veterianrian immediately. Initial treatment is critical and can dramatically reduce the likelihood of founder Do not exercise your horse. If he is at pasture remove him to a deep shavings bed (10cm+ deep). If he has to travel a distance to a stable use a low loading trailer (medication may be appropriate first). After examining your pony, your vet administer painkillers, a peripheral vasodilator – sedative to encourage him to lie down and fit frog supports and give other treatment if appropriate. Do not starve your horse as hyperlipaemia may develop. Your vet will advise you on an appropriate diet; this...

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2018 Kentucky Derby: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts

2018 Kentucky Derby: Race Video, Full Results, Betting Payouts

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The Apollo Curse was broken Saturday at the 2018 Kentucky Derby as race-favorite Justify held off Good Magic to become the first colt since Apollo in 1882 win the “Run for the Roses” without racing as a juvenile. The 2-year-old colt trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by jockey Mike Smith, 52, not only had to battle 19 horses in the 1-¼ mile race at Churchill Downs but also the elements. Rain soaked the Louisville, Kentucky track, forcing officials to seal the track but it wasn’t enough as day-long rain turned the dirt into mud and created sloppy and slippery conditions for the horses. Justify, the 5-2 Derby favorite, broke well from the seven hole and trotted towards the front. He easily led the field around the back stretch and had enough in the tank to run the 1¼ miles in 2:04.20. Racing supplements are part of horse racing. Racehorsemeds.com is an international supplier of veterinary products to maintain the health of your racing animal and to maximize their performance. Good Magic finished second followed by Audible and 85-to-1 longshot Instilled Regard. Justify improved to 4-0 in his young career and has now won his races by a combined 21½ lengths. He’ll look to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown at the 143rd running of the Preakness Stakes held at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 19. 2018 Kentucky Derby betting payout Justify: $7.80 (Win), $6 (Place), $4.40 (Show) Good Magic: $9.20 (Place), $6.60 (Show) Audible: $5.80 (Show) The $2 exacta paid $69.60, the $1 trifecta produced $141.40, and the $1 superfecta cashed a whopping $19,618.20 thanks to Instilled Regard. 2018 Kentucky Derby Results Note: Post position in parentheses Justify (7) Good Magic (6) Audible (5) Installed Regard (15) My Boy Jack (10) Bravazo (13) Hofburg (9) Lone Sailor (8) Vino Rosso (18) Solomini (17) Firenze Fire (1) Bolt d’Oro (11) Flameaway (4) Enticed (12) Promises Fulfilled (3) Free Drop Billy (2) Noble Indy (19) Combatant (20) Magnum Moon (16) Mendelssohn (14) For more information about horse racing and other animal racing supplements, visit Racehorse...

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Horseshoeing Tips and Tactics

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How can you make sure your horse farrier is doing a good job on your horse’s hooves? Read our simple tips to learn about what your farrier does, and if he’s doing it right. How can we tell if the farrier who trims our horses is doing a good job or not? Did your farrier check everything on your horse’s hooves? You’re not trained as a farrier specialist, so how can you be sure that your farrier is address everything on your horse? You may not be trained in the art of shoeing horses, but there are things you can look for. Farrier and Horseman  An expensive truck with fancy lettering on the doors doesn’t guarantee that a farrier is good. There was a horseshoer who used to trim horses wearing gray polyester pants and white suede shoes. He hopped out of an unmarked truck with a hoof knife, a pair of nippers and a rasp in his hand. Looking every bit not the part, he commenced to trim one horse after another and never got a speck of dirt on those shiny trousers or a smudge on his white bucks. He didn’t look like The Village Smithy, but he had horse sense, know-how, and an easiness about him that kept the horses calm. A farrier should approach a horse like a horseman, with quiet confidence. That’s one of the first indications you might have the right person. Be wary of the farrier who, the first time he picks up your horse’s feet, starts criticizing work done by the previous farrier. This could be an attempt to make himself look good. Trimming a horse is a little art, but a lot of science. While horseshoeing hasn’t changed much for hundreds of years, there are improvements being made all the time. Clue number two that you have the right guy is a farrier who keeps up with the advancements in his trade. Books, seminars, short courses, association newsletters, etc., are available. Plus, there is enough continuing education to keep any serious farrier up on the latest findings and research. However, you don’t want someone who is ready and willing to go along with every new fad or trend or to sell you on the idea that your horse needs something extra special in the way of shoes, or wedges, or pads, and the like. There is little regulation of the trade and almost no testing of competence, outside of what is done by organizations that certify their member farriers. Anyone can take a weekend course, buy a few tools, and stick a flier on the wall of the local tack shop. But that doesn’t make him or her a competent farrier. On the Level  An ideal hoof trim is one that leaves the foot balanced and level. The bottom of the hoof is parallel to the coronet band. Both heels...

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