Stover: In most instances these factures we think are the result of the pre-existing injury that creates a local weakness in the bone so that the bone gives away under otherwise normal racing and training circumstances.
Narrator: Stover recommends that the racehorse industry reassess the training regimen and racing schedules.
Stover: Horses that are trained more intensely are at a higher risk for catastrophic injury. If we can work with training schedules to prevent these injuries we can probably make a big impact on the welfare of horses in training and racing.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.