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Fri, Dec 19 | By Ronda Scholting | 780

FORT COLLINS, Colo. -- While horse racing collapses and deaths are often seemingly unprecedented, the medical mishaps are not isolated occurrences, but rather, a dramatic signifier of an ongoing problem. Colorado State University in Fort… more ›

Blood Test Could Prevent 5,000 Horse Deaths
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Kathy T.
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Kathy T.
5 years ago

Great research CSU!

Why doesn't the equine industry stop allowing horses <5 years of age to particiate in activities dangerous to their health. The cartlidage in a horse's knees don't seal until they are 4 or 5 years old. Why ride the babies???

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Jpape
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Jpape
5 years ago

i think horse racing is cruel no matter what

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Bridget L.
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Bridget L.
5 years ago

Great news about the test but if we want to see less deaths in TB racing, we need to get OFF of their backs and pounding them when they are still growing!!! 2 & 3 year olds are NOT physically ready for racing but big money will continue to drive this sport and the horses will continue to pay for it.

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maria h.
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maria h.
5 years ago

All about money again!Guess they don't care if they hurt or kill animals as long as they get their money.

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Nancy C.
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Nancy C.
5 years ago

I don't like the entire concept of horse racing.

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Tom
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Tom
5 years ago

Good article. It is awful when a race horse has to be put down.

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sheree a.
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sheree a.
5 years ago

This is great about the blood testing that could save lives but more could be saved if there wasn't racing!

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Uhhhlexx
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Uhhhlexx
5 years ago

Wow, this is amazing. I'd like to be a vet

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Louise T.
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Louise T.
5 years ago

Thanks to all the researchers out in CO for discovering this blood test. Keep up the great work, it's very reassuring to hear that we might have 100% success rate within the next couple of years!

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UnoDiamante
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UnoDiamante
5 years ago

That would be great if they could find problems before they become major..but I still think that horses shouldnt be raced until they are older and their bones are more mature...2 year olds are still growing alot and some of them might only be a little over 1! (depending on when they were born since they all officially turn a year older on Jan 1)...

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Judy C.
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Judy C.
5 years ago

If they have to race the horses, then they should have to have the blood test to help prevent injury and even death.

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Myfast2
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Myfast2
5 years ago

That's good

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Poco2luv
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Poco2luv
5 years ago

This blood test will be useful, but it isn't the cure all. There are a lot more factors that go into a horse breaking down on the track....age, training, money....don't even get me started!!!!

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Greg W.
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Greg W.
5 years ago

I agree.

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D&R
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D&R
5 years ago

This is very good news.

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Muffie4
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Muffie4
5 years ago

That is good that Colorado Vet school is developing a blood test to detect injury. Another option is to not race animals so intensively.

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Jackie K.
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Jackie K.
5 years ago

It is amazing the advances of modern medicine and how they are spreading into the animal world. This is why I have decided to become a biology/biochemistry teacher!

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jane w.
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jane w.
5 years ago

Let's put this on the fast track and hopefully owners will have their horses get the shot and then use the results.

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Karl M.
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Karl M.
5 years ago

when are we gonna stop racing horses? these people could just run around the track themselves if they want to race.

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Karen K.
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Karen K.
5 years ago

I hope people use this.

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Geoff L.
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Geoff L.
5 years ago

This would be a start.

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Paige R.
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Paige R.
5 years ago

Hopefully this will prevent a lot of unnecessary deaths.

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HomePro
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HomePro
5 years ago

Sounds good...but why are they racing such young horses while their bones are still developing?

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Mattbstl30
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Mattbstl30
5 years ago

great!

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Peggy B.
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Peggy B.
5 years ago

Sounds like a good idea.

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Sarah C.
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Sarah C.
5 years ago

I think horse racing is disgusting.

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Jesseallen
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Jesseallen
5 years ago

I think it's weird for any animals to race-horses, dogs, etc.-but anything that can help horses, is great. It's great that people are constantly trying to find new ways to help animals. Those people are the real heroes.

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Lisa T.
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Lisa T.
5 years ago

That would be wonderful if this could be adminstered to all horses. That was so sad when Eight Bells collapsed.

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Boyscoutdad
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Boyscoutdad
5 years ago

Love to see animals saved. Not sure I like horses being raced though.

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JD472
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JD472
5 years ago

I hope this test works. It was devastating to watch Eight Bells go down. I have often wondered if the horses need to be a year older before starting to race.

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mike h.
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mike h.
5 years ago

Anything that can help is good. I'm not a fan of horse racing.

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SuzieGoose
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SuzieGoose
5 years ago

I think this is a good thing for these race horses. I just am not a fan of horse racing........but for sure it will never cease to exist. This is good for these horses.

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brenda g.
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brenda g.
5 years ago

I think the race horse industry will use this new science to help breed genetically sounder horses. They probably paid for the studies to begin with so why wouldn't they use it?

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Mary M.
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Mary M.
5 years ago

anything they can do to help the racers is a good thing. Hopefully, they'll help the greyhounds next. They also sustain a lot of injuries when racing.

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CaroleLynn2
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CaroleLynn2
5 years ago

I hope this works. But then it has to be affordable for the race horse owner that runs in the claiming races and doesn't have a stakes horse; otherwise they probably won't spend the money.

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Dogsrsuper
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Dogsrsuper
5 years ago

I guess this is good news, but it would be better news if they said they wouldn't race horses anymore.

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Elizabeth D.
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Elizabeth D.
5 years ago

I hope it works, I don't care for the industry much though.

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Kristen F.
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Kristen F.
5 years ago

I am dont like the horse racing industry or the dog racing...these animals are too disposable...it makes me sick.

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brenda g.
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brenda g.
5 years ago

Unfortunately MAN uses every resource on the planet for his own good first.

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Bobby D.
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Bobby D.
5 years ago

I hope it works!

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sally r.
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sally r.
5 years ago

I hope this becomes a lwa-that all horses need this blood test before running a race. May save many horses.

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Marissa F.
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Marissa F.
5 years ago

hope they are successful

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Pokey101
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Pokey101
5 years ago

This would be a huge breakthrough, not just for equines!

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Kim B.
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Kim B.
5 years ago

I'm glad a test has been developed to detect these micro fractures and things like that but I'm wondering what is done after it is found out that the horse has this problem.

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brenda g.
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brenda g.
5 years ago

Ideally they will be retired from racing and have a better life being a pleasure horse for some caring persons. Definitely not be used for breeding. That is of course being optimistic.

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Graciel
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Graciel
5 years ago

Racing horses too young will do that. Seems like they could change the industry to favour more mature animals.

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Emily B.
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Emily B.
5 years ago

Sounds interesting, but I'm skeptical. This test won't tell where the micro-injury is located, so a possibly perfectly fine horse may be pulled. Also, will trainers/owners really want to pull their horse from an important race if they can't even physically detect an injury?

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Cindy
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Cindy
5 years ago

Maybe if horses weren't raced so young 80% of the problems and putting the horses down wouldn't even need to occur.

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brenda g.
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brenda g.
5 years ago

I agree, cattle ranchers years ago did not start breaking their cow horses until they were around four years old!

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Staciestub
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Staciestub
5 years ago

Horses are amazing and I'm glad so much is being done for them!

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Washy
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Washy
5 years ago

I would be more interested to know what the treatment options are once this blood test identifies a problem.

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George H.
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George H.
5 years ago

Wonder what happens whent the tests come back positive. Are these horses treated or put down?

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Kelly B.
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Kelly B.
5 years ago

First of all, I think horse racing is sick. While this test is great, I think they need to stop racing horses before their bones have fully developed as this contributes greatly to injuries. I've personally ridden many ex-racehorses and think they are amazing creatures that should not be forced to race, especially at such a young age.

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Rebecca B.
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Rebecca B.
5 years ago

Race tracks can't mandate this test because it's still experimental. There is still a chance the test could be wrong so I think they need to develope it more before it's manditory. They need to be able to look at the test and say very certainly that this horse is indeed injured before they start banning people.

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