Authors: CM Steel, RR Pannirselvam and GA Anderson
Journal: Australian Veterinary Journal


The aims of this study were to determine the risk of septic arthritis after intra-articular medication (IAM) and to identify potential risk factors for this complication.

A retrospective and prospective descriptive study of prevalence, and matched case–control study for risk factors.

Authors: Suzanne R. Reed, Brendan F. Jackson, James L.N. Wood, Joanna S. Price, Kristien L.P. Verheyen
Journal: The Veterinary Journal

The aim of this study was to identify exercise-related risk factors for carpal and metacarpo- and metatarso-phalangeal (MCP/MTP) joint injury occurrence in young Thoroughbreds in flat race training. In a 2-year prospective cohort study, daily exercise and joint injury data were collected from horses in 13 training yards in England.

Authors: Rebecca S. Parkes, J. Richard Newton, Sue J. Dyson
Journal: The Veterinary Journal

Lameness relating to the foot of the horse is common, but the majority of information concerning risk factors for injury is anecdotal. The objectives of this study were to investigate risk factors for foot-related pain in a referral population of horses, with particular reference to injury/disease of the podotrochlear apparatus (PTA), by comparison with the remainder of the clinic population. It was hypothesised that there would be an increased risk of foot pain associated with breed, work discipline, age, height and bodyweight (BW).

Authors: SE Hennessy, MA Muurlink, GA Anderson, TN Puksmann and RC Whitton
Journal: Australian Veterinary Journal

To evaluate the long-term racing prognosis for Thoroughbred racehorses with displaced versus non-displaced fractures of the pelvis identified by scintigraphy.

Retrospective case analysis.


Authors: S. A. Vallance, R. C. Entwistle, P. L. Hitchens, I. A. Gardner and S. M. Stover
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal


Reasons for performing study:

Identification of exercise history patterns that are related to catastrophic scapular fracture will facilitate prevention of racehorse fatalities.


To determine if exercise patterns are associated with scapular fracture in Thoroughbred (TB) and Quarter Horse (QH) racehorses.


Authors: Dennis M. Meagher, DVM, PhD, DACVS; Julia L. Bromberek, MSPH; Daniel T. Meagher, DVM, MS, DACVS; Ian A. Gardner, BVSC, MPVM, PhD; Sarah M. Puchalski, DVM, DACVR; Susan M. Stover, DVM, PhD, DACVS
Journal: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Objective—To estimate the prevalence of radiographic abnormalities (lesions) in Thoroughbred racehorses at 2-year-old in-training sales and determine whether these lesions and 1-furlong presale workout times were associated with subsequent racing performance.

Design—Retrospective cohort study.

Animals—953 Thoroughbreds.

Authors: R.J.M. Reardon, L.A. Boden, D.J. Mellor, S. Love, J.R. Newton, A.J. Stirk, T.D.H. Parkin
Journal: Veterinary Journal

The objective of this study was to identify risk factors for superficial digital flexor (SDF) tendinopathy in Thoroughbred horses in steeplechase races in the United Kingdom. Potential risk factors for SDF tendinopathy were studied between 1st January 2001 and 31st December 2009 using a cohort study design with 648 injuries sustained in 102,894 starts. Potential risk factors were screened using univariable logistic regression prior to multivariable model building.

Category: Epidemiology - Equine - Tendon
Authors: ARE Cust, GA Anderson, RC Whitton and HMS Davies
Journal: Australian Veterinary Journal

Objectives To investigate associations between race performance and hoof–ground angle (HG), pastern–hoof angle (PH) and mediolateral hoof angle (ML) of the left forelimb. Methods A total of 1570 starts were recorded from 636 horses, and meetings were equally divided between sand and turf tracks. HG, PH and ML were measured on each starter in a race, over a 3-month period, using a Finnegan hoof gauge (Tallahesse Asia Holdings Ltd, Hong Kong) and digital photographic images. Race performance was recorded as win or place (1st–3rd).

Authors: B. D. VELIE, C. M. WADE and N. A. HAMILTON
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing study: Research investigating trends in racehorse careers require a benchmark for accurate comparison. Currently little whole population data exists for horses racing in Australia.

Objectives: To determine the range and variation in career length and number of career starts for horses racing in Australia. To document and provide evidence regarding the current differences between the sexes for career length and careers starts.

Category: Epidemiology - Equine
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal

Reasons for performing study: Veterinarians have observed a putative change in the location of humeral stress remodelling in Thoroughbred racehorses with change from dirt to synthetic racetrack surfaces.

Objectives: To determine whether the location and severity of humeral stress remodelling differs between Thoroughbred racehorses exercising on dirt and synthetic racetrack surfaces, the potential significance of different locations of stress remodelling, and the potential usefulness of scintigraphy for prevention of complete humeral fracture.

Category: Bone - Epidemiology - Equine