But wait a minute...If you read to the end of this one, there was a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Jockey Club Chairman Ogden Mill Phipps authored a press release today, an update on US Thoroughbred racing's status in the face of allegations of welfare abuse and corruption deep inside the sport.
While the majority of the release focuses on steps related to overall inching forward toward a medication policy that would put US racing more in line with other major countries, the ending was a surprise, as Phipps suggested something that could happen right now--today, in fact.
"I propose that veterinary records of every horse entered in this year’s Triple Crown races be made immediately available. The New York State Gaming Commission does this, but only for a three-day period from the day of the race. I suggest a much longer period: 14 days.
"In fact, that was the principle behind the 2013 recommendation of The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee to create a centralized database of all treatments and procedures administered to horses in training. A majority of states already mandate this kind of reporting, but there is spotty compliance and, with few exceptions, little public disclosure.
"As I’ve said previously, enough is enough.
"All of us need to look ourselves in the mirror and make sure we are doing all we can not only for the good of the game, but for the welfare of the athletes, the integrity of competition and the survival of the sport.
"The disclosure of veterinary records would be a good place to start."
Read the full press release on the Jockey Club website:
Ireland has a project called the National Survey of Architectural Heritage, and one of the types of old buildings that they have selected to survey and document are 49 smithies, forges, and shoeing shops scattered around the Emerald Isle.
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Jacques is the official farrier for HITS Ocala Winter Circuit at Post Time Farm in Marion County, Florida. The horse show runs from January through March and Jacques, along with fellow farrier Greg Chance, are the ones who take care of most of the emergency calls.
Click on the big image or cold headline to read the full article on ocala.com.
When former chef Chan Shing-cheung tuned in to the equestrian events at the 2008 Olympics, he never thought it would be the first step on a journey that's given him an intimate familiarity with the hooves of some of Hong Kong's finest racehorses....
Fran Jurga's insight:
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Every year, Scott Chandler and Suzanne Pierce set aside money in hopes they will produce a paint horse worthy of taking to the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show in Fort Worth, Texas.
The Midwest Horseshoeing School, the Midwest’s premier school for farriery and horseshoe instruction, is proud to announce that instructor Steve Hedges has received his Therapeutic Endorsement from the American Farrier's Association (AFA).
@HoofcareJournal writes: Here's a half-hour television show from a PBS station in southern Illinois, focusing on farrier Steve Rice and his work shoeing a half-draft horse for the first time. Farriery in the relaxed lane!
"It comes naturally to Dr. Raul Bras. The veterinarian also is a certified journeyman farrier, working for Rood & Riddle’s Equine Hospital’s podiatry program, and he plays an integral role in the success of Aiken-based Hollow Creek Farm..."
Click on the big top headline to read the full article about Dr. Bras in the Aiken Standard.
@HoofcareJournal writes: Neil Clarkson has written a bookmark-worthy summary of pastern dermatitis disorders in horses. Written earlier this year, this article takes us from the common bacterial mud rash or "scratches" to the more complex photosensitivity reaction problems on white-legged horses and all the way to the edge of the new frontier of chronic progressive lymphedema and pastern leukocytoclastic vasculitis,
While written by a New Zealander with references to his country's and Australian pasture plants, this is still an excellent article for readers worldwide.
Read it, save it, remember where you put it. Or know that it will always be bookmarked here on H&L's "ScoopIt" page of headlines and links for you when you need it.
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Happy St Patricks Day! You don't need to wear a funny cap and carry a magnifying glass to be able to apply Sherlock Holmes's "deductive reasoning" to old photos of farriers. This one from the British Army Barracks in Waterford in 1909 is full of more questions than answers; the more you look, the more you will see!
The Hoof Blog took a stab at what might be going on. But you might have a better theory, let's hear it!
"The British Horseshoeing School was set up by Darren Bazin about two years ago as an independent facility. As a three-time world champion farrier, Darren brings about 20 years of experience in the trade to his role."
Click on the headline or image to read the full article in the British newspaper.
OVC's Alex zur Linden, DVM, DACVR, assembled a series of 3-D videos constructed from equine distal limb CT scans with the Osirix medical imaging viewer software. His site compares the CT scans with radiographic views of the structures for reference.
A 91-year-old Preston (England) man has been taken back to his blacksmith roots at Forgeworks on Lodge Street in Preston, after Myerscough College arranged for a special visit to their farriery workshops.
Click on the big top headline to read this article from a Lancashire, England newspaper.
ENGLAND celebrated victory on home turf as they romped to victory in the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association’s (BFBA) International Team Horseshoeing Championships...
@HoofcareJournal writes: Lots of great photos of international farrier competitors including two members of the American Farriers Team in this article from a local newspaper near the Stoneleigh showgrounds where the team competition was held last week.