10 Tips for Giving Horses Oral Medications

10 Tips for Giving Horses Oral Medications

Horses aren’t always the best patients. And, when it comes to getting necessary medications into their mouths, even the shortest pony can turn into an equine version of a giraffe. Still others will eat around medications, leaving a pill-powder pile at the bottom of their troughs. Delivering oral medications often requires experimentation to see what works for each individual. Here are some tips to help you out.

Powdered and flavored medications can be top dressed and mixed into a horse’s regular feed ration.

Is your horse not convinced? Try adding a liquid, such as water, apple juice, or molasses, to make a mash in which to mix the medication. Caution: Avoid adding sugary substances when medicating horses with meta- bolic
issues, such as equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) or insulin resistance. For example, if your horse is suffering an EMS-related laminitic epi- sode, don’t use sugar to administer medications.

Experiment by adding some of your horse’s favorite treats, such as alfalfa pellets, beet pulp,  and/or car- rot or apple slices, to the mix.

Powder-form medications are easy to pour over a horse’s feed ration, and many come flavored to make them more appetizing to horses. Some horses will eat these without much fuss, while others need more persuasion.

If using pills rather than powders, you might need to crush them first. Use a clean mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder dedicated to medications. Note that some coated pills should not be crushed—consult your veterinarian for instructions.

While one horse might find his medica- tion-laced ration unappealing, a compan- ion might be happy to clean up all the treats and goodies in his bucket, along with his medication dose. Make sure to feed the horse by
himself.

Some horses can cleverly eat around the medication in their feed buckets. Check their bucket to make sure they haven’t left any of their dose behind.

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Race# Race Type Purse
Race 1 Northland Park Markel Bonus S. $20,000
Race 2 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $11,100
Race 3 Allowance Optional Claiming – $35,000 $22,000
Race 4 Waiver Claiming – $5,000 $9,200
Race 5 Waiver Claiming – $8,000 $11,100
Race 6 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $12,000 $11,500
Race 7 Waiver Claiming – $7,000 $9,800
Race 8 Waiver Claiming – $15,000 $11,800
Race 9 Allowance $20,200
Race 10 Waiver Maiden Claiming – $7,000 $8,600

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KENTUCKY DERBY, KENTUCKY OAKS POST POSITION DRAWS

KENTUCKY DERBY: The Post Position Draw for the Kentucky Derby will be held Wednesday, May 4 from 5-6 p.m. ET in the Secretariat Lounge on the second floor of the Clubhouse. The event will be televised live on VERSUS and local affiliates. Media credentials must be displayed for appropriate access.

In 2010, the Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw reverted back to a traditional “pill pull” where horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a numbered pill to determine what stall a horse will break from in the starting gate.

(Note: Churchill Downs previously used a two-tier process for 12 years from 1998-2009, a format that was created for live television with the hope of adding more drama and suspense. Instead of horses merely being assigned a post position, the connections of each horse would select their starting spots. First, there was a “pill pull” that would determine what order a horse’s connections would pick there place in the starting gate. After the selection order was established and a break for strategizing, the post position selection process would follow, much like a draft in other professional sports.).

The field for the Kentucky Derby will be limited to 20 horses with preference given to horses with the most graded stakes earnings. Entries close Wednesday, May 4 at 10 a.m. ET. Once the post position draw is complete, horsemen will be available for comment in a designated area for media. Also, key horsemen will participate in a Kentucky Derby Post Position Draw News Conference in the Auxiliary Media Center (Time: TBD)

KENTUCKY OAKS: The Post Position Draw for the Kentucky Oaks will be held Tuesday, May 3 at 11 a.m. ET in Churchill Downs’ Racing Office.

Post positions for the Kentucky Oaks are determined by a traditional “pill pull” where horses’ entry blanks are pulled simultaneously with a number pill to determine which post a horse will break from the starting gate.

The field for the Kentucky Oaks will be limited to 14 horses with preference given to the horses with the most graded stakes earnings.

 

HASTINGS WORKOUTS FOR MONDAY

Monday was the last Monday the track will be open for training except Holiday Mondays.

HASTINGS WORKERS PHOTO BY LISA THOMPSON
Monday, May 1, 2017
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
4 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

B a Hole Auger :48.60 H 5
Displeasure :47.60 H 1
Ebony Warrior :49.00 H 6
Flood Watch :49.20 H 7
Mayaro Moon :47.80 H 2
Mayfair Lady :50.40 H 8
Such a Bargin :47.80 H 2
Tres Bon :48.20 H 4
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
5 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Bornatthetrack 1:01.60 H 4
Catchmeifyoucant 1:01.80 H 7
Crackdown :59.40 H 1
El Diamante 1:01.60 H 4
Forest Bliss 1:01.20 H 3
Jaz Unlimited 1:01.80 H 7
Perfectly Reckless 1:02.80 H 10
Princess Katie 1:01.80 H 7
Ps Diamond Cutter 1:01.60 H 4
Rachael Run 1:03.00 H 11
Sailingforthesun 1:00.00 H 2
Swiss Arrogant 1:05.80 B 13
Texas Alley Kat 1:03.80 H 12
HASTINGS RACECOURSE — (Dirt) Track Fast
6 Furlongs
Horse Time Rank

Off the Grid 1:15.60 H 3
Sakura 1:15.00 H 2
Walk Free 1:14.80 H 1

 

HASTINGS TRAINER STANDINGS AFTER 2 WEEKS OF LIVE RACING

Rank Trainer Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 Greg Tracy 14 3 1 1 $51,737 21% 5 36%
2 Philip Hall 11 3 0 2 $48,196 27% 5 45%
3 Sandi Gann 4 3 1 0 $40,025 75% 4 100%
4 Nancy Betts 8 1 2 1 $36,077 13% 4 50%
5 Mike Anderson 9 1 2 2 $21,499 11% 5 56%
6 Dino K. Condilenios 6 0 2 2 $20,955 0% 4 67%
7 David Forster 3 1 0 0 $12,188 33% 1 33%
8 Harold J. Barroby 2 1 0 0 $10,655 50% 1 50%
9 Robert Maybin 5 2 0 0 $10,237 40% 2 40%
10 Mel Snow 4 0 1 0 $8,858 0% 1 25%
11 Keith Pedersen 1 0 1 0 $7,323 0% 1 100%
12 Richard Yates 2 1 0 0 $5,758 50% 1 50%
13 Cindy Krasner 4 0 0 1 $5,024 0% 1 25%
14 Frank E. Barroby 5 1 0 0 $4,831 20% 1 20%
15 Barbara Heads 2 0 0 1 $4,661 0% 1 50%
16 Mark Cloutier 4 0 0 2 $4,505 0% 2 50%
17 Craig MacPherson 3 0 1 0 $4,399 0% 1 33%
18 Steve Henson 3 0 0 0 $3,334 0% 0 0%
19 Patty Leaney 1 0 1 0 $2,929 0% 1 100%
20 John Snow 7 0 0 1 $2,660 0% 1 14%
21 Rod Therres 2 0 1 0 $2,257 0% 1 50%
22 William McLaren 1 0 1 0 $2,223 0% 1 100%
23 Sylvea Gregory 2 0 0 0 $2,072 0% 0 0%
24 Jodie Rawson 4 0 0 1 $1,922 0% 1 25%
25 Pat Jarvis 2 0 0 0 $1,685 0% 0 0%
26 Anita Bolton 1 0 1 0 $1,611 0% 1 100%
27 Anton Gedak 1 0 0 1 $1,098 0% 1 100%
28 Elizabeth E. Stolzenberg 2 0 0 0 $889 0% 0 0%
28 Greg Beneen 1 0 0 1 $889 0% 1 100%
30 Malcolm Beveridge 1 0 0 0 $732 0% 0 0%
31 Deirdre Bell 2 0 0 0 $667 0% 0 0%
32 Tracy McNeil 1 0 0 0 $439 0% 0 0%
33 Julie Wicks 1 0 0 0 $366 0% 0 0%
34 James R. Brown 1 0 0 0 $293 0% 0 0%
35 Charlene Miller 2 0 0 0 $222 0% 0 0%
36 Garry Saitz 1 0 0 0 $220 0% 0 0%

HASTINGS RIDER STANDINGS AFTER TWO WEEKS

Jockey David Lopez leads the rider standings after two weeks with 4 wins
Rank Jockey Name Sts 1st 2nd 3rd Total $ Win% Top3 Top3%
1 David G. Lopez 13 4 4 0 $62,805 31% 8 62%
2 Enrique Alonzo Gonzalez 13 3 2 3 $48,561 23% 8 62%
3 Richard Harvey Hamel 10 1 1 2 $35,307 10% 4 40%
4 Silvino Morales 12 1 2 2 $28,098 8% 5 42%
5 Amadeo Perez 13 1 1 0 $25,928 8% 2 15%
6 Quincy Welch 5 2 0 0 $25,350 40% 2 40%
7 Rico W. Walcott 4 1 0 0 $21,443 25% 1 25%
8 Jeffery Burningham 9 1 1 1 $21,322 11% 3 33%
9 Skyler White Shield 10 2 0 2 $19,818 20% 4 40%
10 Romario Saunders 11 0 2 1 $10,619 0% 3 27%
11 Jose Mariano Asencio 7 0 2 2 $9,762 0% 4 57%
12 Corrine Andros 4 1 0 0 $4,174 25% 1 25%
13 Neville Stephenson 5 0 0 1 $4,064 0% 1 20%
14 Antonio Ambrosio Reyes 1 0 0 1 $3,661 0% 1 100%
15 Dwight Anthony Lewis 1 0 0 1 $1,098 0% 1 100%
16 Jose Nabor Cruz 3 0 0 0 $986 0% 0 0%
17 Gabriel Garcia Asencio 1 0 0 0 $220 0% 0 0%
17 Jose Luis Sanchez 1 0 0 0 $220 0% 0 0%

ITS DERBY TIME – GLEN TODD’S DERBY PICKS

Kentucky Derby 2017

 

I’m really not sold on anybody as being a standout, this years Kentucky Derby is totally a wide open affair.  I wouldn’t think the morning line favorite will be under 4-1.  At least 10 of 20 runners will be over 30 -1 with some well over 50-1. 

1: IRISH WAR CRY – I had to pick someone and I have flip flopped several times and the Graham Motion trainer runner is today’s top pick 

2: ALWAYS DREAMING – The Todd Pletcher trainee has run the fastest 1 1/8 miles so far but Pletcher’s Derby record stops me from picking him as #1 

3: CLASSIC EMPIRE – I have picked Classic Empire in the third spot but not convinced his return after a layoff because of a foot injury that the field he beat was far from stellar. 

4: McCRAKEN –  My thoughts on the Ian Wilkes trained son of Ghostzapper is that we will go the distance and is improving after an ankle issue set him back a few weeks.  One really wonders if that ankle issue will be a problem going forward? 

5: PRACTICAL JOKE – The Chad Brown hopeful is an outstanding looking individual, large, strong and will be charging at the end.  I don’t think the mile and quarter will hurt him, actually it could help him. 

6: GIRVIN –             He has trained well since the Louisiana Derby and has Mike Smith named as the rider.  I might have him ranked to low but anyone of my picks are ranked higher by some experts. 

7: J BOYS ECHO – This horse was is in a ton of trouble in the Bluegrass and should improve going further but the big field could hinder him and needs a perfect trip. I’m surely going to add him to my tri’s and super tickets. 

8: IRAP – I have him picked 8th but you could say this is a bit of a sentimental pick as the Doug O’Neill trainer will have Mario Gutierrez aboard.  Irap was a maiden when he won the Bluegrass at Keeneland and will be a big price. 

9: Hence – This horse has been moving forward since his last start in his am drills.  The Asmussen runner will be another with some value and that is the reason I have him in my top 10. 

10: ROYAL MO –  Like Irap he is California based and I have only two California based horse in my picks.  Since Mastery went down I don’t think this is the strongest bunch of Cal based horses in some years. He was in a ton of trouble in Santa Derby and could move forward in the Derby.