Ask Your Veterinarian: Interpreting Images And Endoscopy

The Paulick Report continues the Ask Your Veterinarian series this week, asking veterinarians at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital your questions about sales and healthcare of racing prospects and breeding stock.

QUESTION: Do you recommend a buyer get his or her own veterinarian to interpret repository images?

DR. BART BARBER: I feel very strongly that you should. Gaining information from personal interactions and having a veterinarian who knows your tolerance level cannot be duplicated by reading a radiograph report that was written for the seller by their veterinarian. I get radiograph reports that have been written by other veterinarians put in front of me for my interpretation all the time. While these reports may be accurate, it is many times impossible to advise based on these reports, as it is so difficult to interpret the severity of the lesions without actually looking at the radiographs. There is no way I would buy a horse based solely on the seller’s report.

QUESTION: How important is a sale prospect’s score on an endoscopy – is there a major difference in racing potential between a Grade 1 and a Grade 2A horse?

DR. BART BARBER: Endoscopy is a good tool to identify several different types of pathology of upper airway of young Thoroughbreds and is a valuable part of the exam. Grading arytenoid movement is a big part of that exam.

The grades refer specifically to the horses’ ability to move their arytenoids out of the airway and the symmetry with which they do so.

A Grade 1 airway is one that the arytenoids are pulled completely out of the airway and done so with excellent symmetry. A Grade 2A also achieves full abduction with ease but with slightly asynchronous movement. There is no difference in how these horses perform on the racetrack. Likewise, there shouldn’t be any difference in how a buyer makes decisions regarding these horses.

Unfortunately, some buyers have started to discriminate against 2A throats and this is a shame because they are passing on horses that are perfectly normal.

Dr. Bart Barber, DVM, graduated from Washington State University in 1998 and completed his internship at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital. He is a shareholder in Rood and Riddle’s veterinary practice and specializes in reproduction, primary and preventative ambulatory care, as well as operations at Rood and Riddle Veterinary Pharmacy

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