Bone biomarkers and risk of fracture in two- and three-year-old Thoroughbreds

Jackson, B F and Dyson, P K and Lonnell, C and Verheyen, K L P and Pfeiffer, D U and Price, J S (2009) Bone biomarkers and risk of fracture in two- and three-year-old Thoroughbreds. UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine whether bone biomarkers (osteocalcin, PICP, ICTP and CTX-I) could be used to identify 2- and 3-year-olds at increased risk of fracture in the subsequent flat racing season. It was concluded that these bone biomarkers cannot be used to identify 2- and 3-year-olds that sustain a fracture. Whether bone biomarkers have better predictive value in older horses or when measured serially in the same animal remains to be determined.