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Re: [RC] sick to my stomach - Dyane Smith

On Sunday, May 04, 2008 9:29 AM"Truman Prevatt" <tprevatt@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

" My wife told me yesterday that she read an in TB Times (I think she said
it was) that the trainer wanted to scratch the filly from the Derby. The
owner made the decision she would run over the advice of the trainer. I
suspect the trainer thought something was not right before the race

" In any horse sport it's human lust for fame and glory that our horses
pay the price for, be it in trying to win the Derby, win a 50 or 100
mile endurance ride, win the Rolex (a horse died at the Rolex last week
- he flipped when the caught a leg going up for a jump) or just showing
off, No horse sport is free of that. Our horses would just as soon be in
the field munching on grass."

I'm no fan of racing two year olds, but as Truman points out, high intensity
sports are high risk.  Dr. Ross' (Equus May 2008) has developed a method to
give a scientific underpinning to the horseman's instinctive awareness of
the horse that "ain't doin' right".   The method uses computerized formulas
to examine a horse's heart rate variability.  Many of us already have heart
rate monitors and are aware that a higher heart rate could indicate trouble.
Heart rate variability is different.  It measures the interval between the
heart beats.  It's already being used in human medicine to do things like
predict the survival rate of cardiac patients.  Dr. Ross' method has been
shown to predict the breakdown of race horses up to three months before
there were any outward clinical signs.

I wish that AERC could partner with Dr. Ross to do a large scale study of
the method.  It seems to me that we could all benefit from knowing that our
horses were at risk before a ride.

Probably Truman or some others of you who understand the science behind this
could explain it all better here.  But I was very impressed by the article
in Equus.



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Re: [RC] sick to my stomach, Kristi Schaaf
Re: [RC] sick to my stomach, Nancy Sturm
Re: [RC] sick to my stomach, Truman Prevatt