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C. Sandersen, L.Vander Heyden, J. Detilleux, J. Lejeune and D. Serteyn comment: We thank the correspondents for their comments on the design and the conclusions of our study (Vander Heyden and others 2013) and welcome the opportunity to respond to the issues raised.
Our aim was certainly not to discourage horse breeders from feeding ‘appropriate concentrates’ to pregnant mares and we regret if this is the conclusion that someone may draw from our study. Our study identified the feeding of concentrates to the mare as a potential risk factor for developing osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) in the foal. This finding …
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