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[RC] Growth plates - Bruce Weary

I don't know of any study that shows that a higher protein or higher calorie diet will cause premature growth plate closure. Growth plate closure is primarily a hormone driven function. Heavy feed intake during a horse's early years may actually cause faster growth before the plates close. The studies I have seen regarding the effects of anabolic steroids conflict, with some saying they can delay growth plate closure, thus leaving the intensely exercised horse prone to orthopedic injury to the horse's joints or the plates themselves, which can in turn contribute to long term unsoundness. Others say that steroids can accelerated plate closure, thereby stunting growth. Funny how studies of the same topic can sometimes produce two entirely opposing conclusions. We'll probably never know if coffee is good or bad for us. I like living on the edge. I'm going to continue to drink it. Dr Q, world renowned guy on the ragged edge


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