Bramlage: Research is the ‘Greatest Untold Welfare Story’ in Racing

by | 10.15.2014 | 6:47pm

At the second day of the inaugural Thoroughbred Ownership Conference at Keeneland on Wednesday, renowned equine veterinarians gave racing newcomers an idea of what to expect in the horse health arena.

Dr. Larry Bramlage, well-known equine orthopedic expert at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, stressed that the skeleton is the most vulnerable part of the horse's system. Contrary to common belief, he said, the skeleton benefits from training, as the bone responds to concussion by strengthening. That response takes time however, which is why phases of loading and rest/repair must be balanced appropriately to prevent injury.

Additionally, the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation's Ed Bowen pointed out that the pace of equine health research has done a “remarkable” job keeping pace with that of human health research despite having far less funding.

“This is the greatest untold welfare story,” said Bramlage of Bowen's observation. “We have to spend some time and effort telling this story.”

Other topics covered on the conference's second day included aftercare concerns, and attracting younger owners to the sport.

Read more at The Blood-Horse

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