Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Filly's Tail Set on Fire

This story was recently posted on our message board. A group of teenage girls attacked a 2-yr old filly named Dixie, spraying her tail with flammable liquid then setting it on fire, and laughing as she ran and screamed in terror.

The filly's owner was away at the time of the attack.
Dixie tail and dock were seriously burned, leaving gaping wounds, and her initial chance of survival was set at 60%. Her owners spend 6 hours a day changing bandages, and the filly is on antibiotics and bute. Even if she does recover, she may need to have the tail amputated or may not be able to grow hair back.

I was shocked at the cruelty of this case and hope posting might bring more attention and help to Dixie. I don't know how anyone can be so evil as to purposefully injure an animal like this. Apparently the brats later bragged to classmates about doing it.

You can visit Dixie's page for photos, how to contact her owners, and how to send donations:
Warning- graphic photos

The owners have received, according to this story, 5,000 phone calls, some in support, and some critisizing the owners for not putting the horse down. I found this shocking-- who would be rude (or ignorant?) enough to call a stranger and assume to know what's best for their horse?

The filly is recovering and her chances of survival are now up to 90%.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

DNA Shows Wrong Stallion Purchased

This sucks.... A man paid hundreds of thousands of dollars for a stallion, Dubai Excellence, and a few months later a DNA test confirmed that the horse he received was the wrong horse.

MICHAEL FORD: The second round of DNA tests from two sets of hair samples proved that Dubai Excellence is not the imported stallion standing at Evergreen
DAVID WEBER: So what horse has Ted van Heemst got?
MICHAEL FORD: Well that’s the question, and we’ll be working closely with
our English counterparts, Weatherby's, to help the owners determine which
stallion really was exported and where the real Dubai Excellence is now.

source: http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2005/s1441987.htm

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

KY may change horse drug laws

This is interesting:

Gov. Ernie Fletcher could sign an emergency regulation as early as this
week that would drastically tighten Kentucky's drug policy for racehorses and
establish sanctions for breaking the rules.
It will limit race-day medications for horses to anti-bleeding drugs. Whitaker said any regulation signed by Fletcher would include a starting date. That could be critical to trainers readying horses at Ellis Park in Henderson, the only Kentucky thoroughbred track running, because the new rules change the times when certain drugs can be administered.

Under the policy endorsed by the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority, a horse may receive Salix, the anti-bleeder formerly called Lasix, up to four hours before post
time. Two other anti-bleeder medications can also be given on race day. Current Kentucky rules allow three anti-inflammatory drugs on race day in addition to Salix and another anti-bleeder. The new policy permits only one anti-inflammatory, and requires it to be injected more than 24 hours before post time.

source: http://www.courier-journal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050817/BUSINESS/508170386

Most horse people have given Bute (often called "horse aspirin") to their horses for one reason or another, just as most people have taken aspirin themselves.
I know a lot of people that use bute on healthy horses prior to competition, just as human atheletes may take an aspirin. It's not a big deal, and most vets recommend it. This law would make it so any anti-inflammitory drugs have to be given at least 24 hrs before competition-- which is often what many people do with bute anyway.

Lasix is a diuretic drug that is used to prevent lung bleeding in horses during competition. It works by making the horse urinate, which thickens the blood to reduce lung bleeding. Some horses-- and some people-- will have lungs that bleed during exercise. Since it is a diuretic, horses need to be given plenty of water after having lasix, to preven dehydration.
However, from what I've read, lasix can be abused by giving large amounts to racehorses in order to make them urinate, which can make them loose a lot of water weight and help them to run faster. I have no idea if, or how, this works, but it can't be good for a horse's health.

The proposed new rules are intended to address any confusion and bring Kentucky into line with other states. Supporters of a uniform national standard contend that years of medication may have weakened the breed. They argue that creating a consistent drug policy would give bettors an even playing field, because medication rules would be consistent across state lines. People who support the current policy said that allowing multiple anti-inflammatory agents on race day is humane, equating those drugs to painkillers taken by human athletes. Kentucky is among 25 states that have adopted or are adopting the model drug rules developed by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, said Dan Fick, the group's chairman and executive director of The Jockey Club.

Maryland may be building a neat horse park:

Wicomico and five other counties have submitted letters of interest to the
Maryland Stadium Authority to have the park built in their back yards.

The proposed 867-acre site in Hebron, owned by Brian Evans, would offer interactive attractions that include fox chasing, show jumping, endurance riding and a horse industry museum.

source: http://www.delmarvanow.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050817/NEWS01/508170308/1002

Darn, no barrel racing...

Saturday, August 13, 2005

Horse Contest for you...

We are going to have some kind of a contest for prizes. What kind do you think would be best? I started a thread on it at: http://ultimatehorsesite.com/horseboard/viewtopic.php?p=83122

Dewormers & Dogs

This is another post about the concern that dogs might be poisoned from horse dewormers if they eat the horse's poop...

I got a comment about it:

All dogs eat horse poop. In fact, the American Indian word for dog litteraly means, "Horse poop eater". My dogs are fines and I think the dewormer kills all worms, but you might want to wait a few days, just in case, to let your dogs out. Better safe then sorry.

Of course, I'd call my vet if concerned. But I highly doubt any dog was called "horse poop eater" by any American Indian tribe-- especially since dogs came before horses. From what I've read, horses were often called "Big Dog", because that is what they were first thought to be.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Utah Horse with WNV Euthanized

While I have heard occaisional WNV foaling horror stories-- foals born deformed or stillborn in mares vaccinated with WNV-- vets I talk to all say that there is no proof and it's better to vaccinate, than loose both mare & foal to WNV. Would appreciate input/links with more info on this subject.

Horse in Utah with WNV Euthanized:

The horse, a five-year-old quarter horse gelding, had to be destroyed due to the
severity of it's symptoms.According to sources, the animal had not traveled
outside the area for the past 12 months and was not vaccinated for against the
virus. Source: http://kutv.com/topstories/local_story_217143945.html

About 1/3 of horses that contract WNV die from it. 80% of WNV cases in horses happen in August & September.