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Conservative treatment for thoroughbred racehorses with intermittent dorsal displacement of the soft palate
  1. S. Z. Barakzai, BVSc, MSc, CertES, DipECVS, MRCVS1 and
  2. P. M. Dixon, MVB, PhD, MRCVS1
  1. 1Department of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Easter Bush Veterinary Centre, Easter Bush, Roslin, Midlothian EH25 9RG

Abstract

Race records were obtained for 31 thoroughbred racehorses that were treated conservatively (rest, improvement of fitness and/or use of a tongue tie) for dorsal displacement of the soft palate, and for 62 matched control horses. Their racing performance, based on prize money won, was compared for three races run before and after the disorder was diagnosed. Nineteen (61 per cent) of the conservatively treated horses had higher earnings after conservative treatment than before treatment, compared with 27 (43·5 per cent) of the controls. There was a significant (P=0·049) increase in the earnings of the horses treated conservatively, but there was no significant difference in the earnings of the control group.

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