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May 2008

Hindsight 20/20

The Kentucky horse racing industry came to its senses this week when, according to a May 20 Associated Press report, it hired veterinarian Dr. Mary Scollay to oversee racehorses' medical care. "I wish I had her two weeks ago," said the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority's executive director, Lisa Underwood. Scollay, who is expected to help guide a new steroid use policy, is also known for her research into synthetic track footings, which may be safer than dirt. Perhaps filly Eight Belles' gruesome death by broken front leg bones at this year's Kentucky Derby will come to some good, after all.

Scuffcoat2SMALLSpeaking of doing good for your horse, did you know that many of the popular hoof blacks and clear polishes on the market seal off the hoof wall just like fingernail polish? If you are a regular fingernail decorator, you know all that stuff, while shiny and pretty, can't be great for your fingernails, let alone your horse's hoof. Plus these products add up costwise. For an inexpensive, rinse-off alternative, try using Kiwi Scuff Cover. We like the Kiwi brand for everyday use. It's sponge applicator and rinse-off capability make Kiwi a great hoof black choice.

R.I.P. Eight Belles

I still cannot believe that yet another horse in a high-profile race, in this case, the Kentucky Derby, has died due to broken leg bones. My daughter and I boycotted watching the Derby on television because it seems like every time we tune into a major horse race, somebody breaks a leg and has to be killed. What is wrong with these top breeders that they would intentionally breed horses that are known to have, as the newspapers gently describe a tendency toward broken bones, "leg problems"? Whatever happened to embracing the old saying, "no foot, no horse"? The racing industry plays a barbaric game of Russian Roulette with living creatures. Worse, the public looks at this debacle as a reflection of the horse industry in general. Thanks to the "Sport of Kings", we move another step closer to being the serial killers of the animal kingdom. Rest in peace, Eight Belles.

-- K