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By Susan Salk on January 27, 2011
“Dear Ms. Almagor,” he wrote. “Have you decided yet about putting me on the riding team?” Everyday for a week, the 7th grade student in Lelac Almagor’s English class asked a similar question, his notes to the urban, charter-school English teacher revealing a passion for horses the city kid probably never knew he had. Certainly, kids in his neighborhood rarely went horseback riding on weekends, Almagor says. But his zeal for an imagined horse is something Almagor understood only too well. After all, just a few years earlier she had purchased her first horse. She renamed her new off-track Thoroughbred [...]
By Susan Salk on January 24, 2011
Equine orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lawrence R. Bramlage, DVM, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, discusses the treatment and diagnosis of bone chips in ex-racehorse Thoroughbreds. In the first of quarterly, health Q&As with the internationally renowned Kentucky veterinary practice, the award-winning surgeon, author of 66 referred articles and six book chapters, answers questions about the often highly treatable, common equine injury. Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Bramlage has been a major contributor to horse medicine and horse-welfare organizations. He has chaired the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, the largest equine research funding organization in the United States, and has worked as [...]
By Susan Salk on January 18, 2011
Jaguar Hope looked like a cinematic star when Wendy Wooley turned him loose on the world. Regal, his black head held high, he sashayed around his new paddock with the flair of a leading man. And on a warm August day in 2007, when Wooley framed the charismatic Thoroughbred with her then-amateur photography skills, she unwittingly started something big in her life. Soon, the longtime rules expert for the United States Golf Association would find herself elbow to elbow with horserace photographers, and working assignments for leading horserace publications. What started the “chain reaction” of change in her life began [...]