The racing industry to some extent stands apart from the remainder of the equine industry, as the thoroughbred horses in this sector are bred and trained intensively for a very specific purpose. Centuries of genetic selection for one main trait, speed, has produced a breed of horse with specific abilities, but which is also predisposed to well-understood physical and psychological injuries.
A racehorse, whether bred for the flat or as a national hunt prospect, is destined to be trained to gallop at speed from a very young age, with all management and training focused on maximizing the genetic potential for speed and in the case of national hunt horses, jumping at speed.
Psychologically, young thoroughbreds are subjected to significant stress, which is in addition to the steadily increasing physical stresses of training. Injuries can happen at any age and often result in early retirement or even euthanasia. Lack of ability is also a reason for horses to leave racing at a young age.
For those which do reach the racetrack, musculoskeletal injuries, in particular, have a huge impact with a high prevalence of different lameness conditions, amongst which tendon and ligament damage are most often encountered. Traditionally, these require lengthy periods of treatment and rehabilitation, with a significant rate of re-injury.
Long bone fractures, although difficult to manage, often have a good prognosis, but bone chips in joints can be more troublesome. As all racehorses begin their training, the physical stress initiates adaptive changes to the cannon bones - remodeling - which is intended to strengthen the bone. However, if the training programme does not allow sufficient recovery periods, the normal physiological response cannot ‘keep up' and so-called bucked shins are the result, with lameness and soreness to the front of the cannon bone particularly common.
As more high profile trainers incorporate ArcEquine's microcurrent units into their carefully managed training regimes, the potential of the technology to offer very significant benefits to racehorses at all stages of their careers is becoming increasingly well understood. In a prophylactic role, regular use of an ArcEquine will support faster recovery from training and racing, with a reduced risk of injury - a ‘holy grail' for all trainers of racehorses.
Should a successful racehorse suffer injury, ArcEquine use will deliver not only accelerated, good quality healing, but is known to also reduce pain and inflammation, so enhancing psychological well-being during the recovery period.