Journal article

Relationship Between Historical Lameness, Medication Usage, Surgery, and Exercise With Catastrophic Musculoskeletal Injury in Racehorses

Peta L Hitchens, Ashley E Hill, Susan M Stover

Frontiers in Veterinary Science | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2018


Background: The rate of catastrophic musculoskeletal injuries (CMI) in racehorses is high in the United States compared to other countries. Few modifiable risk factors related to lameness, medication, and surgery history have been identified. Objective: To detect management factors that increase risk of CMI by comparing medical histories between horses that sustained, and horses that did not sustain, a CMI. Study design: Case-control. Methods: Racehorse necropsy data (May 2012-June 2013) were obtained through the California Horse Racing Board Postmortem Program. Attending veterinarians of Thoroughbreds (TB) and Quarter Horses (QH) that experienced CMI, and of three matched control horses, we..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The California Horse Racing Board funded the project. In the final stages of this project PH was supported by funding from Racing Victoria Ltd. (RVL), the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) of the Victorian State Government and the University of Melbourne.