Vets Discuss Catastrophic Injuries on Horse Radio Show

Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky., Wayne McIlwraith, BVSc, PhD, FRCVS, DSc, DrMedVet (hc), Dipl. ACVS, Barbara Cox Anthony Chair and director of Orthopaedic Research at Colorado State University, and Mark Markel, DVM, PhD, associate dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Wisconsin, were recently the featured guests on "Horse Talk with Jen," a Park City, Utah, radio show.

The veterinarians spent nearly 90 minutes on May 10 discussing pre- and post-race protocols that have the potential to decrease the number of equine racing deaths. (Listen to the streaming audio broadcast.)  

"I just wanted to hear what real experts thought about the Eight Belles tragedy," explained host Jen Hegeman. "They're not the talking heads we've seen all over TV. They are the men in the trenches, doing the research and saving countless horses with their work."

In addition to post-race care, they discussed pre-race measures that have the potential to prevent such injuries.

"We could prevent a lot of injuries," McIlwraith said. "A bone scan can reveal a stress fracture and we know that stress fractures lead to catastrophic fractures. And so these horses get these stress fracture diagnosed, they get rested, they heal their fractures, and then they can go on fine."

"Horse Talk with Jen," is heard on KPCW 99.1 in Park City and KCWW 88.1 in Evanston, Wyo.

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