Veterinary reports may seem daunting to new owners. Here are some definition to help you understand better.
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Lameness is a term used to describe abnormal movement in a horse, in one or more legs.
Lameness in horses is usually caused by pain, making the horse reluctant to put a normal amount of pressure on a leg, however lameness can also be caused by nerve damage or anatomical changes in a leg.
Lameness is a common cause of decreased racing performance in horses and is a sign of a possible significant injury to a leg.
When a horse is referred to as being a “Roarer” it relates to a condition termed Laryngeal Hemiplegia which is caused by a malfunctioning nerve that causes one side of the horse’s voice box to not open during breathing.
This causes abnormal airflow in the throat and the horse makes a roaring sound during faster exercise – hence the name Roarer.
It also reduces the amount of air the horse breathes in and therefore potentially affects its performance during racing.
The condition can be treated with a surgical procedure that permanently holds the malfunctioning side of the voice box out of the way.
“Bleeder” is a term given to a horse that has blood present from one or both sides of its nose after strenuous exercise such as racing or galloping during training.
To be classified as a bleeder, the blood must come from the horse’s lung (hence the name Exercise Induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage or EIPH) and not just from a nose bleed.
To confirm that a horse is a bleeder, its upper airway (throat and windpipe) is are examined with a camera called an endoscope. If the horse is confirmed as a bleeder, the rules of racing stipulate a compulsory period of recovery time in which the horse cannot race.
The term Gelding refers to a horse that has been surgically castrated.
The procedure is often performed on male horses to assist with both stable management and safety in addition to improving a horse’s ability to relax and focus when racing.
Connections of visiting horses should refer to the shippers for details on compulsory government requirements (certifi cations, vaccinations, blood testing, veterinary examinations, etc.) and for requirements for return to their home countries.
Raced horses from other countries are re-handicapped by the Singapore handicapper. Thus, many come into Singapore with a very attractive rating and are often able to race in a lower class than their current standing.