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Epidemiology of Musculoskeletal Injury during Racing on New Zealand Racetracks 2005–2011

By Charlotte Bolwell, Chris Rogers, Erica Gee, Wayne Mcllwraith

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There is currently limited information on the types, or risk, of injuries occurring for horses racing in flat races in New Zealand. Race reports and records from six racing seasons were used to determine the reasons why horses failed to finish a race. In total, 544 horses failed to complete a race, of which 177 were due to veterinary events. Most of the veterinary events that occurred during a race were classed as musculoskeletal injuries (136/177; 77%). The rate of musculoskeletal injuries during a race, 0.72 per 1000 starts, was lower than the rates reported for other racing jurisdictions. The condition of the track and the distance of the race were associated with the rate of musculoskeletal injury during a race. There may be differences in the training programmes and racing schedules for horses in the southern hemisphere, which may have contributed to the low rates reported in this study.


Katie Osborn

Date 2017
Publication Title Animals
Volume 7
Issue 8
ISBN/ISSN 2076-2615
Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Location of Publication Basel, Switzerland
DOI 10.3390/ani7080062
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animals in culture
  2. Cardiovascular health
  3. Horses
  4. Incidence
  5. Mammals
  6. New Zealand
  7. racehorses
  8. racing