Thoroughbred Makeover Includes Free Educational Seminars On October 4

by | 09.17.2019 | 2:16pm

Education takes center stage at the Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium, presented by Thoroughbred Charities of America, on Friday, October 4 at the Kentucky Horse Park: sponsored by the Horse Media Group, three seminars will bring a variety of educational resources to participants.

All seminars are free to attend, and will take place in the Covered Arena Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

Preventing Injury and Disease in Your OTTB
Sponsored by Godolphin
Moderated by Stephanie L. Church of The Horse Media Group: 12:00 PM

Your OTTB is likely both an investment and a partner. As you guide him from one career to another, you'll want to keep him as healthy and sound as possible. Here's how to be prepared for (but hopefully prevent!) anything from infectious disease to soft tissue and bone injuries.

Panelists: Dr. Larkspur Carroll, CORE Therapies; Dr. Cage Cruise, Bluegrass Equine Podiatry; Kirsten Johnson, KESMARC LLC; Dr. Ernie Martinez, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute

Feeding Your OTTB
Sponsored by Triple Crown Nutrition
Moderated by Michelle Anderson of The Horse Media Group: 1:45 PM

Thoroughbreds' lifestyles change significantly when they leave the track, and their diets need to accommodate this. We'll talk about common problems you might encounter during the transition period from racehorse to performance or recreational horse, whether it's keeping on weight, identifying signs of gastric ulcers, managing a “hot” horse or simply determining where an OTTB needs specific nutritional support and how to supply it.

Panelists: Dr. Fernanda Carmargo, University of Kentucky; Dr. Kenneth Kopp, Triple Crown Nutrition; Dr. Laurie Lawrence, University of Kentucky

Prepurchase Exams
Sponsored by University of Kentucky Ag Equine Programs
Moderated by Alexandra Beckstett of The Horse Media Group: 3:30 PM

A bump here, a chip there, some reactivity over there. What does it all mean for soundness now and later, and should you get X-rays? From the basic to the involved, here's what you can expect to find out (and perhaps not find out) when you get an OTTB sport or pleasure horse prospect vetted off the track.

Panelists: Dr. Emma Adam, University of Kentucky; Dr. Liz Barrett, Hagyard Equine Medical Institute; Dr. Shannon Reed, The Ohio State University

What else is there to do on Friday at the Thoroughbred Makeover?

Come a little early and experience the TERF Makeover Master Class, in which three trainers demonstrate their own methods for starting off-track prospects before a live audience with commentary. The TERF Makeover Master Class runs 9 AM until noon on Friday, and is free to attend.

Shop the vendor fair in the TCA Covered Arena and around the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park, featuring over 60 vendors and non-profits.

Browse the silent auction in the TCA Covered Arena and kick-start the RRP's 2020 fundraising! Among the items that will be up for bid are racing memorabilia, experiences and unique handmade items.

Find your next partner at the ASPCA Makeover Marketplace: 150 horses who have been in training for second careers are competing at the Thoroughbred Makeover and will be offered for sale. Watch, try, vet and buy all in one location in one weekend!

Don't forget to get your ticket for the Makeover Celebration Party presented by Walmac Farm at Ashwood Training Center on Friday evening: just five minutes from the Horse Park, Ashwood Training Center provides the perfect Bluegrass backdrop to a night of celebration of the Makeover journey!

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