Managing Arthritis in your Horse

Arthritis is a chronic condition found in many race horses and it is not just older horses that suffer from it. In this article we provide some insight into how alternate exercise in a water walker can help to manage such condition. Let’s start by defining what is arthritis? Arthritis is progressive and permanent deterioration of articular cartilage, the specific type of cartilage that lines the ends of bones where they come together to form a joint, such as your horse’s fetlock. Healthy articular cartilage provides a smooth, slippery surface that allows free movement and contributes to the shock-absorbing properties of the joint. As arthritis sets in, articular cartilage becomes compromised

Zatopaz Heads to Randwick

Aquagait rehabilitated stayer, Zatopaz will take his place in the Cellebrations Handicap over 2000m at Randwick on Saturday. This will be his third run back from an injury enforced layoff. Trainer Matt Dale feels the horse needs another conditioning run after two moderate runs so far this time in. A quirky horse who can easily turn it up when things don’t go his way, we have been pleased with the fact he has come through his first two runs sound even though he has been beaten by big margins. His form profile suggests he won’t be competitive until he gets out beyond 2400m. A genuine tempo throughout will give Zatopaz the best chance to build into a nice rhythm and run out a solid 2000m and if


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