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Equine Practice
Presales radiographic surveys in yearlings 2. Significance of lesions in the carpus, tarsus and stifle
  1. Rob Pilsworth

    Rob Pilsworth graduated from Cambridge in 1981 and spent four years in mixed practice before joining an equine practice in Newmarket, where he spent 20 years mainly looking after thoroughbred racehorses and building up the diagnostic imaging side of the practice. He is now an associate at the Newmarket Equine Hospital, working exclusively for a single large thoroughbred training organisation. He has a special interest in lameness diagnosis, radiology and imaging. He holds the RCVS certificate in veterinary radiology.

  2. Marcus Head

    Marcus Head graduated from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 1994. He worked in practice in Bedfordshire before moving to Newmarket to undertake an internship in equine orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust. He subsequently returned to the RVC to undertake another internship before joining Rossdales in Newmarket as a racing assistant. He is now a referral clinician based at the practice's diagnostic centre.


Part 1 of this article, published in the May issue of In Practice (volume 32, pp 174–183), discussed the interpretation of images submitted for yearlings undergoing radiographic screening at thoroughbred horse sales, and described the changes commonly encountered in the fetlock of horses and their possible impact on future trainability and racing performance. This article discusses the significance of lesions present in the carpus, tarsus and stifle, sites in which radiographic changes can be among the most important in terms of prognostic impact on future racing performance.

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