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May 18, 2023
A link between the levels of an enzyme in the blood of Endurance horses and their risk of elimination because of lameness has been identified by researchers.
The study, reported in the journal Animals, centred on 49 Endurance horses who competed in the 160km ride at the 2016 World Endurance Championship in Samorin, Slovakia.
Blood samples were taken before the event for analysis. For statistical evaluation, horses were categorized into three groups: finishers, lame horses, and metabolically eliminated horses.
Risk factors were calculated for each group.
Researchers in the Free University of Berlin study found that elevated pre‐ride levels of superoxide dismutase were shown to have an effect on lameness elimination...
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