The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) in the UK has invested over $11 million to protect racing and ensure horse welfare by disease surveillance and research on prevention of equine infections over the last decade. Infection with bacteria is one of the important causes.

Cardiac rhythm

When a horse runs badly, lameness or respiratory disease tends to immediately spring to mind, and indeed these are the most common causesin that order. The heart comes in third, albeit quite a way behind these other body systems. If sudden death occurs in an equine athlete, a heart problem is usually the first thing thats suspected. A new study, published in The Equine Veterinary Journal, provides significant insights on the cardiac rhythm abnormalities that can develop during and after racing in Standardbreds.

All trainers are familiar with a horse that makes a noise. If performance is poor, laryngoplasty has, for over 40 years, been the next consideration.

The aim of the procedure is to reverse the effects of larynx weakness that occurs due to a degenerative condition of the nerve that controls the muscles on the left side. A synthetic implant is placed along that side of the larynx to hold it open where the muscle is too weak.

It has long been suspected that the procedure has other effects on the airway, other than simply trying the collapsed part of the larynx back and out of the way. 

So often we are dazzled by the youth and beauty of the next generation at the yearling sales. But what lies beneath that glorious skin? We take a deeper look at diagnostic imaging.

Few issues spark more debate and controversy than the interpretation of a juvenile Thoroughbred's radiographs and their relevance to the horse's future racing career. This article aims to review the most common radiographic finding, sesamoiditis, in the Thoroughbred yearling and discusses new research published in 2013 exploring the link between sesamoiditis and suspensory branch injuries and the effect these conditions can have on soundness and racing performance. This research can provide horsemen with accurate information with respect to the risk associated with these conditions and can aid them in the selection process and training of the young Thoroughbred racehorse.