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Zenyatta: Photos From The Foaling

Zenyatta: Photos From The Foaling | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

We know you've all been waiting for more photos! Team Z and Lane's End are proud to share these images from the birth of Zenyatta's second colt..."

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Such a beautiful part of life!
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Budweiser Clydesdales’ Super Bowl Foal “Hope” Is Ready for Visitors

Budweiser Clydesdales’ Super Bowl Foal “Hope” Is Ready for Visitors | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Hope" springs eternal: Here's that cute filly you saw as a newborn on the Budweiser Clydesdales Super Bowl commercial. Maybe you even helped choose her name in the online voting. Beginning today, fuzzy, gangly "Hope" is receiving visitors at Warm Springs Ranch in Missouri.


Read about Hope on The Jurga Report today; just click on the headline or photo to go the story.

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Genesis Awards: Roy Exum is Walking the Walk–Not Just Talking the Talk–When He Reports on Soring from Tennessee

Genesis Awards: Roy Exum is Walking the Walk–Not Just Talking the Talk–When He Reports on Soring from Tennessee | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
“The Horse Protection Act has been as lame as the horses it meant to protect”–Roy Exum

At Saturday night’s Genesis Awards in glitzy Hollywood, American horse reform politics walked out a winner. Not just once, but twice.

It was an unlikely jump from the cute Modern Family sit-com dog Beatrice to the ugliness of pad stacks, chains and mutilated pasterns on Walking horses but the Genesis Awards made the leap.


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Watch It: NBC/Jockey Club Kick Off “Road to Kentucky Derby” Television Series with Special Preview Show This Saturday

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The Jockey Club, in collaboration with the NBC Sports Group, will kick off the Road to Kentucky Derby series with a 30-minute special previewing the Triple Crown season on Saturday, March 23, on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) from 6 – 6:30 p.m. EDT.


The NBC Sports Network Channel Finder is located at nbcsports.msnbc.com.

 

The special, produced by America’s Best Racing, will provide a comprehensive look at the top contenders for the 2013 Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands as well as features on jockeys Gary Stevens and Rosie Napravnik and the six recent college graduates who are now serving as “brand ambassadors” for America’s Best Racing.


The live racing telecasts commence on Saturday, March 30, with the Besilu Florida Derby from Gulfstream Park and the Louisiana Derby from Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on NBC Sports Network from 6 – 7 p.m. EDT.

 

The Wood Memorial from Aqueduct Racetrack and the Santa Anita Derby from Santa Anita Park will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, April 6, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. EDT.

 

The series will conclude on Saturday, April 13, with two and half hours of continuous coverage spread across two networks. A 90-minute live broadcast on NBC featuring the Toyota Blue Grass Stakes from Keeneland Race Course will be followed by a one-hour broadcast on the NBC Sports Network featuring the Arkansas Derby. 


Information for this article was provided by The Jockey Club.

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Watch it: Eventers Will Love the 2013 John Smith's Grand National Commercial Video

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@FranJurga wrote: This new British commercial doesn't seem to have much to do with the famous race it is promoting; it is more like "off-course-eventers-run-amuck". All that's missing are the ambulance sirens and the stretchers.


But someone did some great editing to splice this together and make it look like the horses really jumped all these things...or maybe they really did. That would be a good story!


If you get your adrenalin fix on horseback, you'll love this one. 

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Illinois horses affected by EHV deaths, exposure; vet advises owners to lock-down stables, curtail travel, limit outside handling

Illinois horses affected by EHV deaths, exposure; vet advises owners to lock-down stables, curtail travel, limit outside handling | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"Area horse owners are being notified that an Equine Herpes Virus Outbreak (EHV-1) has been confirmed in the area and has already claimed two horses in Gurnee, Illinois..." 


@FranJurga writes: This article from a local newspaper in Illinois details what some of the "real world" horse owners in the area of the outbreak are doing to protect their horses, and in a more general sense, what forms their reaction to the risk might take.


Many outbreaks of EHV occur at racetracks or shows. When small stables and farms are affected, information about how they handle the situation is often not shared.


In this article, local veterinarian Anne McCombs gives some interesting advice and horse owners are interviewed, as well.

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Wild Horse Research Through the Lens of Dr. Chris Pollitt: Brumbies in the Channel Country

Wild Horse Research Through the Lens of Dr. Chris Pollitt: Brumbies in the Channel Country | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it


In this brief video, Dr Chris Pollitt, leader of the Australian Brumby Research Unit at the University of Queensland, takes us high above Channel Country in central Australia to observe wild horses amidst the flood waters. He and Dr Hampson went to the Outback to document wild horse hooves, but they are giving the world a new appreciation for the Australian wild horses, known as "brumbies".


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Congress Acts: Three "SAFE" Lawmakers Will Try to Ban Horse Slaughter for Food -- ABC News

Congress Acts: Three "SAFE" Lawmakers Will Try to Ban Horse Slaughter for Food -- ABC News | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

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"The Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act, as the House version is dubbed, would not only ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. but would also prohibit shipping horses outside the U.S. for food slaughter.


"Unlike the appropriations rider that had prevented horse slaughter until now, the statutory ban would not expire."


@FranJurga writes: A press conference on Wednesday on Capitol Hill will unite sympathetic lawmakers and humane groups to launch the campaign to pass the SAFE Act through Congress.


Stay turned for more news as soon as it is available!

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Deborah Spector's curator insight, March 18, 2013 11:38 AM

Be sure and let your representatives know you support the (SAFE) Act, which would not only ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption in the U.S. but would also prohibit shipping horses outside the U.S. for food slaughter.

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Food Stamps ... For Pets? -- ABC News

Food Stamps ... For Pets? -- ABC News | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"When man falls on hard times, what’s his best friend to do?


"A new donation-based program called Pet Food Stamps aims to provide food stamps for pets of low-income families and for food stamp recipients who otherwise could not afford to feed their pets.


"Based in New York, the program is open to anyone in the United States. More than 45,000 pets have already been signed up in the past two weeks, according to the program’s founder and executive director Marc Okon.


"Once need and income is verified, the families will receive pet food each month from pet food retailer Pet Food Direct for a six-month period."

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Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report

Art and Inspiration: Shhh! Midnight Barn Check with Photographer Charlotte Dumas -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Forget about EHV, shedding horses, snowstorms and The Sequester. Come with Dutch photographer Charlotte Dumas as she explores the quiet intimacy of sleeping horses in an exhibit currently running in New York City.


We all know the peace of a late night in a barn full of horses. Many of us can find out way around our barns without turning the lights on. The sounds, the smells and now the sight of sleeping, dozing horses are part of bonding in our roles as caregivers.


Charlotte goes there, takes us with her, and stuns us with her proximity to some of the most important horses in the USA: The caisson horses--mostly Lipizzaners--used for military funerals at Arlington National Cemetery outside Washington DC.


Click on the headline to read the full article, including a video of the original, larger exhibit, on The Jurga Report.

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Kentucky State Veterinarian Office Keeps an Eye (and writes a report) on EHV-1 in Florida -- Kentucky Horse Council

Kentucky State Veterinarian Office Keeps an Eye (and writes a report) on EHV-1 in Florida -- Kentucky Horse Council | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

@FranJurga writes: The Kentucky Horse Council has shared a report from Rusty Ford in the Kentucky State Veterinarian's office on the details of the EHV situation in Florida.


Kentucky is being diligent about the Florida cases out of respect for the large number of horses in that state, and also because so many of the horses affected by the outbreak in Florida will break camp at the end of March...and the Kentucky Horse Park shows and other events or destinations in the state may be their next stop.


Click on the image or headline to read the full report on the Kentucky Horse Council web site.


Keep up with horse health news by reading The Jurga Report, a horse health and welfare blog for Equus Magazine on Equisearch.com.

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Horse Slaughter: Woodbine Entertainment Group New Policy | Standardbred Canada

Horse Slaughter: Woodbine Entertainment Group New  Policy | Standardbred Canada | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"On Monday, February 25, the Woodbine Entertainment Group announced that any owner or trainer that is found to cause horses previously stabled in Ontario to be sent for slaughter will be denied stabling privileges at Woodbine..."


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HITS Ocala: Show Goes On, and So Does EHV Quarantine; Vet Seminar Tuesday -- The Jurga Report

HITS Ocala: Show Goes On, and So Does EHV Quarantine; Vet Seminar Tuesday -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The experience of state officials and veterinarians in Florida seems to be paying off in the successful containment to date of a possible outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (strain EHV-1) at the large hunter-jumper show known as 'HITS Ocala' in central Florida.


"The Ocala location is especially vulnerable because the community is a highly active horse center. Thoroughbred farms in the area are shipping mares to be bred this time of year, sales go on, and local trainers and breeders routinely ship horses in and out of the area.


"The Jurga Report has compiled some recent information from show management and the University of Florida for the public's information."

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Zenyatta’s Second Foal Born April 1

Zenyatta’s Second Foal Born April 1 | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Zenyatta has always been one for special occasions. In true form, she foaled just before midnight on her 9th birthday, after a day of celebration."

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A Utah tale of a horse with no tail

A Utah tale of a horse with no tail | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Secretariat could run like the wind, Trigger was a movie star and Mr. Ed could talk.


As horses go, Soren is special, too, although you won’t see why when first meeting him face to face. But as soon as this big red horse turns around, you will discover something is missing — his tail.


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Seven eagles near death after eating horse carcass

Seven eagles near death after eating horse carcass | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
...Workers at West Sound Wildlife Center in Washington State believe the eagles ate meat from two dead horses that had been euthanized with a strong poison called pentobarbital sodium. It appears, however, those horses had not been properly disposed of, and were left to rot where other animals could eat them.
"Just a few more bites would've killed the eagles, said Dr. Bye, and other animals, as well. “All animals will scavenge.  That includes your dog, my dog, cats and birds of prey.”

Click on the headline or image to read the full article and watch the news video from KSN television in Olympia, Washington.
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How Low-Cost Gelding Clinics Directly Address the Unwanted Horse Problem – Horse Journal

How Low-Cost Gelding Clinics Directly Address the Unwanted Horse Problem – Horse Journal | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
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"What I’m interested in is boots-on-the-ground efforts that help actual horses right now.  And that’s what I saw going on at this low-cost gelding clinic..."


@FranJurga writes: Blogger John Strassburger doesn't just write about a gelding clinic in this article, he goes to one. And he doesn't just go to one, he takes his mini Sicilian donkey stud to be castrated. 


If you are wondering what these new gelding clinics are all about or if you are considering applying to have your horse gelded at one--or maybe organizing one--this article should fill in some of the blanks for you.


And if you're not curious about and/or already supporting the concept of gelding clinics, why not? 

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Mary Horsemoms's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:13 PM

Lot's of angst about horse slaughter and the challenges with horses in the midwest right now. One solution is "birth control" ...

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Kentucky appeals court overturns ban of veterinarian Rod Stewart -- Daily Racing Form

Kentucky appeals court overturns ban of veterinarian Rod Stewart -- Daily Racing Form | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"The Kentucky Court of Appeals has overturned a decision by Kentucky regulators to issue a five-year suspension to Dr. Rod Stewart in 2009. Regulators issued the suspension after a search at Keeneland of the veterinarian’s equipment turned up cobra venom and several anti-Parkinson’s drugs.


"The March 15 appeals ruling said that the statutes used to justify the penalty were 'vague,' in part because the state’s rules in 2009 did not specifically outlaw the possession of cobra venom, a painkiller, and in part because the state’s rules for Standardbreds allowed the possession and use of the drug at the time."


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Bipartisan “SAFE” Legislation Introduced to Congress to Outlaw US Horse Slaughter on Food Safety Grounds -- The Jurga Report

Bipartisan “SAFE” Legislation Introduced to Congress to Outlaw US Horse Slaughter on Food Safety Grounds -- The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
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Legislation was introduced today in both the US Senate and House of Representatives to outlaw both the slaughter of horses in the United States and to export horse meat from the United States.


The legislation should be available shortly for study, but in the meantime, The Jurga Report would like to share an announcement of the legislation from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

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Washington politicians to seek new horse-slaughter ban - Politico

Washington politicians to seek new horse-slaughter ban - Politico | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

"A bill set to be introduced Wednesday would say 'nay' to horse meat on American shores. Sens. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) and Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) plan to introduce legislation to stop the slaugher of horses for food purposes in the United States..."


Photo: Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) says horses sent to slaughter often face brutal treatment. | AP Photo

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EHV Coast to Coast: Filly Euthanized at California’s Santa Anita Racetrack Latest Chapter in American Horses’ Viral Winter

EHV Coast to Coast: Filly Euthanized at California’s Santa Anita Racetrack Latest Chapter in American Horses’ Viral Winter | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

For the past six months, Equine Herpes Virus (EHV) has dominated horse health news bulletins from state veterinary offices in the United States. The news has urgency, and could be a matter of life and death for horses that have been in close proximity to the horse or horses in the outbreak alert.


As of today, the virus is simultaneously affecting horses from California to Florida.


And yet it is not even close to being an epidemic; fewer than 30 reported horses have been treated for EHV. But the fear factor is in that there is almost a randomness to the outbreaks: A state in the east, then a state in the west. A state in the north, then a state in the south....


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Thoroughbred Champion Mucho Macho Man Sent to Fair Hill

Thoroughbred Champion Mucho Macho Man Sent to Fair Hill | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it
Much Macho Man, who was pulled out of consideration to defend his Gulfstream Park Handicap (gr. II) title due to a virus, has been sent to the Fair Hill Training Center, along with two stablemates.


Click on the headline or image to read the full article on the Blood-Horse web site.

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Get well wishes to 3M! I'm so disappointed he won't be running but his health is so important. We need him to keep running! 

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Tragedy: British horse dies after dramatic rescue from beach cliffs -- EDP24

Tragedy: British horse dies after dramatic rescue from beach cliffs -- EDP24 | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

Firefighters, RSPCA and two vets were all involved in last night’s rescue.


But “an amazing team effort” to rescue the pony, which had been found dangling by his neck from the cliffs by a tether, ended in tragedy as the young gypsy cob died as he arrived at the Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Norfolk.


Today, the RSPCA has issued a warning against the “dangerous practice” of tethering horses – after one of the charity’s inspectors was involved in the six-hour rescue...


@FranJurga writes: Please read this account of a tragic night in a remote part of the east coast of England. A gypsy horse was tethered (presumably tied to a stake) but managed to fall off a cliff. 


An RSPCA inspector located the pony, who was dangling from his neck, climbed up the cliff and stayed with the pony until he could be rescued. Even the Coast Guard helped, because the tide was coming in.


But this story did not have a happy ending


Click on the headline or image to read the full article. It's worth a click.


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HITS Ocala: Entire Showgrounds Now Quarantined, But Still Running, as More Horses Test Positive for EHV--The Jurga Report

HITS Ocala: Entire Showgrounds Now Quarantined, But Still Running, as More Horses Test Positive for EHV--The Jurga Report | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

A second case of Equine Herpes Virus at the HITS Ocala hunter-jumper show in Central Florida is leading state and horse show officials to the next stage of handling an outbreak among a population of transient horses.


After a horse stabled in the Ocala area tested positive for EHV Tuesday night, a quarantine was placed on the showgrounds. The horse had been showing at HITS Ocala before it became sick. State veterinarians were at the showgrounds today to meet with management.


Office manager Kristen Vale once again agreed to speak with The Jurga Report about the situation at her show. “In the best interest of horse health and equestrian sport, there is now a quarantine on the showgrounds,” she said. “We will continue showing.”


Additional horses outside the Ocala area that had been at the show also tested positive today.


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Grand National Takes a Leap Toward Safety; Epic Course Retrofitted with Plastic Jump Underpinnings for 2013

Grand National Takes a Leap Toward Safety; Epic Course Retrofitted with Plastic Jump Underpinnings for 2013 | The Jurga Report: Horse Health, Welfare, and Care | Scoop.it

It’s a sure sign of spring when we start hearing about England’s Grand National steeplechase.


Alternately known as the most exciting, most grueling and most cruel race of its kind in the world, the Grand National is often remembered as much for how many horses died on course or from injuries, as for who won.


So what is Aintree Racecourse doing to improve safety of the horses in the 2013 running of the Grand National. The Jurga Report has the scoop--and the video!

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