Bone repair in Thoroughbred racehorses –The effect of training and rest

  • 19 pages

  • Published: 21 Nov 2013

  • Author(s): Whitton, R Chris , Holmes, Josie , Mackie, Eleanor, Mirams, Michiko

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This RIRDC study examines subchondral bone turnover in the fetlock joint of racehorses both when in full race training and when resting from training. Bone turnover is critical for the repair of bone fatigue which occurs in all training race horses due to the extreme loads generated in the fetlock joint when galloping.
This report is highly relevant to racehorse owners and trainers, veterinary surgeons who treat racehorses, and racing authorities.