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.Read More
When a horse runs badly, lameness or respiratory disease tends to immediately spring to mind, and indeed these are the most common causes—in 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 that’s 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.Read More
The Thoroughbred Racing Industry is experiencing greater scrutiny than it ever has in its long and distinguished history, with the amplitude of debate and criticism from opponents of the sport on the basis of ethics and welfare reaching an unparalleled decibel.
Fractures are relatively common injuries in thoroughbred racehorses and in a recent scientific report, equine orthopaedic surgeons detailed the healing time of a 'split pastern', warning that radiographs taken at the time of injury might not reveal the full extent of the damage.Read More
The Thoroughbred foot is thin-walled and light, adapted for speed and efficient use of energy. This adaptation renders the hood more susceptible to hoof capsule distortions.Read More
Consignors on both sides of the Atlantic are preparing their horses for the two-year old sales and, no doubt, are battling the phenomenon of 'bucked shins'. Can current research make a breakthrough?Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The Hippocratic oath, which encapsulates the concept that it may be better to provide no treatment than to intervene but as a result do more damage, is a central tenet of medicine introduced by the Ancient Greeks.Read More