THOROUGHBRED GROWTH FORUM
To present the findings of an international growth study, relating growth to skeletal soundness, and sales and racing performance.
Presented by Saracen Horse Feeds and their brand alliance partners at Kentucky Equine Research over three consecutive afternoons
Using the world’s largest set of growth records for young thoroughbreds, Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has carried out a worldwide investigation into how the size and growth rates of foals are related to sales and racing performance. Skeletal soundness is vital for racehorses; breeders pay particular attention to radiographic abnormalities that may affect a yearling’s sale price or racing career. Data collected by KER's partners in the US, Europe and Australia have been analysed to assess whether size is significantly associated with radiographic findings, and how these measurements are related to sales and racing performance.
The goals of these studies are to identify at-risk foals earlier, modify feed and management practices to reduce problems, and ultimately, raise better racehorses.
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