August - October 2015 - issue 37
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The man in the blue jacket takes a sip from his drink, a Black-Eyed Susan. “Say,” he says, “there’s supposed to be booze in here! You don’t see anybody with one of those little flasks in their hip pocket, do you?”
An old man goes to a doctor. “What’s the problem?” the doctor says. “I can’t pee,” the old man says. “How old are you?” the doctor says. “Eighty-four,” the old man says.
One of Webster’s many descriptions of the word “whip” reads: “An instrument, either a flexible rod or a flexible thong or lash attached to a handle, used for driving animals or administering corporal punishment.”
Contemporary horseracing news has identified a small medical trend in which assumedly disease-free racehorses are suddenly expiring before their time
Most experienced trainers will know from bitter experience that a seemingly tiny wound can have a big impact if a horse is unlucky enough to sustain a penetrating injury right over a critical structure like a joint capsule or tendon sheath. Collectively, joints and tendon sheaths are called synovial structures, and synovial infection is a serious, potentially career-ending and sometimes life-threatening problem.
Nature’s basket offers a rich source of beneficial nutrients, including phytonutrients. Horse owners and trainers have always been interested in what these sometimes relatively un-researched ingredients can offer for the health and performance of horses in training. In this article, I explore three ingredients that have become popular components of supplements and also as stand-alone products.
Barbara Borden, 55, spent her childhood in the Cleveland suburb of Mentor, Ohio, participating in 4-H and showing horses with her sister, Deb. Her brother, Dave Borden, was a jockey. He introduced his sisters to the racetrack at Thistledown. Both were hotwalkers and grooms. Barb ponied horses and then became an exercise rider. Later, she was a chart-taker for the Daily Racing Form, worked in the licensing office and test barn, and eventually became horse identifier at Turfway Park. She was an associate steward at Ellis Park in Henderson, Kentucky, and a steward at Bluegrass Downs in Paducah before being appointed Kentucky's chief state steward in 2012.
The only bad news with a great opening act is that it’s a tough act to follow. And by any judgment, from vastly different perspectives, the first Thoroughbred OwnerView Conference at Keeneland in October, 2014, wasn’t just a home run, but a grand slam. How do you top that?
Well, it finally happened. American Pharoah did what so many before him over the last 37 years had attempted and failed to accomplish. A Triple Crown winner, the first since Affirmed in 1978, when the game was so vastly different to what it is today that the achievement bridges a gulf of time to reflect upon.
Joel H. Marr upgrades racehorse training facility with fabric structures from Legacy Building Solutions.
Keeping the delicate pH balance in your horse’s digestive system is imperative to their overall health and performance. Your horse’s feeds are loaded with indigestible ingredients such as starches and sugar, that in excess, end up flooding the hind gut after the small intestine has been over worked. If not properly fermented, these ingredients greatly upset the natural pH causing loose stool, spikes in blood sugar, lowered immune system, hind gut acidosis, “leaky gut syndrome”, ulcers and ultimately colic symptoms.