CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2012 |
Horses died while racing at Santa Anita Park at more than double the rate of horses at the state's other three major thoroughbred tracks over the last fiscal year, according to state statistics. The fatality rate at Santa Anita, in Arcadia, rose significantly after a return to a dirt running surface in 2010 after three years of using a synthetic track, the data show. Track surfaces are one of several factors that experts say play a role in horses' deaths — a longtime bane of the racing industry.
September 8, 2011
MUSIC Ben Bridwell's indie rock in Band of Horses is country-steeped but still retains the grand scope of acts like the Band and America. They started their career on Sub Pop, but moved to a major label and are currently supporting the restrained, tasteful effort "Infinite Arms. " Wiltern, 3790 Wilshire Blvd., L.A. 8 p.m. Thu. $35. http://www.livenation.com.
January 19, 2011 |
Many overweight people are delusional about their weight, studies have found, often underestimating their body size. Apparently that misconception may also carry over to their horses. In a pilot study published recently in the journal Veterinary Record , researchers asked 160 nonprofessional horse owners in England to score the body condition of their equines using a scale ranging from 1 (ribs are protruding prominently) to 9 (extremely fat; noticeable bulging fat). About 21% of the horses were rated by their owners as overweight.
May 20, 2011 |
As an outbreak of highly contagious horse herpes infects horses across Western states, leaving some horses dead and prompting event organizers to cancel competitions, a closer look at the virus causing all the trouble would seem in order. But first, as Reuters reports : "Horses cannot infect humans but for the animals the symptoms of the virus include respiratory problems and hind-leg weakness, decreased coordination, nasal discharge and fever. " Nine strains of equine herpes virus have been identified; the strain in the news, EHV-1, is very common.
June 12, 2011 |
Several years ago, I spent time with Gunther Gebel-Williams, the celebrated Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey animal trainer. I watched in awe as this intensely charismatic man played with a cage full of lions and tigers as if they were so many household cats. His assistant, standing next to me, took it all in. "Both people and animals," he explained, "they want his good word. " As it was with Gebel-Williams, so it is with Buck Brannaman, the subject of the marvelous new documentary "Buck," which opens Friday.
January 20, 2011 |
Trick rider Fairland Ferguson has just finished a preview performance of "Cavalia" and could use a break, but her first job is to take care of her horse, Criollo. "We all say the horses get treated much better than the performers," she jokes. Backstage in the stables, it's easy to see why. The unique show, which opened Wednesday in Burbank, features a cast of 49 horses, and their backstage life consists of oversized stalls and 20 attentive handlers catering to their every need ?