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Prevalence of radiographic findings in candidate sires (2001-2008)

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  • D. Verwilghen
  • V. Busoni
  • S. Grulke
  • G. Bolen
  • F. Pille
  • D. Serteyn
Radiographic screening of horses prior to purchase or admission to studbooks has become an important tool for evaluating the osteo-articular status of the animals. Developmental orthopedic disorders (DOD) are the main cause of potential lameness in youngsters. The genetic factor associated with DOD has been established, and specific selection schemes have been developed to diminish the prevalence of lesions. Increasing knowledge of prevalence in different breeds may help in developing specific breeding strategies. This article presents the results of the radiographic screening of 676 stallions presented for sire admission to the Royal Belgian Sports Horse Society (Studbook sBs). On average, two radiographic findings were noted per horse. The prevalence of DOD in this population was 38.9%. A high percentage of horses showed radiographic signs of effusion of the distal interphalangeal joint. An uncommon fragment location at the proximal tubercle of the talus was found in 7 horses. The present paper presents a review and discussion of all the radiographic findings.
OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftVlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift
Vol/bind78
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)419-428
Antal sider10
ISSN0303-9021
StatusUdgivet - 1 nov. 2009
Eksternt udgivetJa

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