Forum on Joint, Throat Problems in Thoroughbreds Scheduled

As a result of the overwhelmingly positive feedback received following their sales seminar in Saratoga, N.Y., on July 18, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital will host a second educational forum discussing sales yearlings on Aug. 16 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington, Ky.

An expert veterinary panel will present radiographic images of joints and endoscopic videos of throats in sales yearlings. The panel, moderated by Bart Barber, DVM, and featuring veterinarians from Rood & Riddle, will discuss different types of radiographic and throat abnormalities and their impact on sales and racing with and without surgery. The panel will also review the recent changes in the conditions of sale regarding veterinary radiographic reports at public auction and answer questions from the audience.

Serving as the panel of experts are Larry Bramlage, DVM, Dipl. ACVS; Scott Pierce, DVM; and Debbie Spike-Pierce DVM. Bramlage, an orthopedic surgeon at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, is a member of the Jockey Club and past president of both the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) and the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. Well known in Thoroughbred racing circles, he has served as the AAEP's media spokesperson for the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup broadcasts for 19 years. Pierce and Spike-Pierce, well-respected members of Rood and Riddle's ambulatory division, are known throughout the Thoroughbred industry for their expertise with sales horses, and, provide services for consignors and buyers at all major Thoroughbred auctions

"There is a significant amount of concern revolving around the changes that sales companies have made to conditions of sales," said Barber, an ambulatory practitioner at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital. "We feel that it will be beneficial and timely to get together and share our perspective on veterinary reports and discuss some of the radiographic and endoscopic findings that will likely be encountered."

A welcome reception with light hors d'oeuvres will begin at 6:30 p.m. for early arrivals with the panel discussion taking place from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. An RSVP is not required for attendance, but is requested to assist plans for adequate seating and refreshments. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Aug. 11 to or by phone to 859/233-0371.

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