Industry Professionals Laud Benefits of Equine ResearchBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · November 5, 2014
At the inaugural Thoroughbred Ownership Conference held in mid-October at Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Kentucky, horse owners learned about common equine health problems. They also heard talks on the work of various organizations that study ways to improve the quality of life for racehorses and other equine athletes.
Leading equine veterinarians Larry Bramlage and Jeff Blea explained how race training places high demands on the heart, lungs, and skeletal systems of horses. They also talked about methods that can be employed to avoid some health and physical problems. Some of these training modifications have resulted from studies conducted by a number of both public and private research institutions.
Ed Bowen, president of the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation, said, “The equine research community is remarkable in its ability to keep pace with the human research community, with far less money." Dr. Bramlage commented, "This is the greatest untold welfare story. We have to spend some time and effort telling this story."
As the most prolific private equine research company in the U.S., Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has dedicated 25 years to studying equine nutrition and exercise physiology. The company has then applied the results by developing novel feed products and feeding management strategies. One of its most significant accomplishments is the design of Re-Leve, the original low-carbohydrate, high-fat feed. This development has been highly successful in preventing tying-up in racehorses.