Keeping Racehorses In Top Condition Is A Team Effort

by | 07.10.2015 | 8:35am

To keep a racehorse in peak condition, it truly takes a team of people. From the trainer and owner who are managing and paying for the horse, to the veterinarian, groom, rider, farrier, and others who get to know the horse on an intimate level, it takes a group effort to make sure every need is met and nothing is overlooked.

While this team effort is a respected part of backside culture, it is the veterinarian who is the ultimate adviser to the trainer on a horse's overall health and who can offer medical therapies when a horse is at less than its optimum performance level.

DVM360 examines the role of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) in ensuring a racehorse's care in a recent report. The AAEP lists 26 therapeutic medications and their acceptable thresholds as approved for use in racehorses. All of these should be prescribed and administered by a licensed veterinarian.

As the AAEP has outlined in their medication policy, they suggest that all racing jurisdictions in the U. S. should adopt uniform medication policies as set forth by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC). They also advocate for the use of furosemide (Lasix) on race day to control exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH).



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