One of the reasons we entered into partnership with the Jockey Club is because we are dedicated in our efforts in equine diagnostics, and we hope that through our sponsorship of the Randox Health Grand National we can share this knowledge and expertise.
We have over 34 years’ experience in the diagnostics industry, during which we have developed innovative diagnostic products for Equine Health.
Vets, trainers and owners have been working with us for years so that we can help them better understand their horses’ health and wellbeing. We work with a number of key Veterinary Hospitals around the world, including Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, the Official Equine Hospital of the Breeders’ Cup in Lexington, Kentucky, and The Irish Equine Centre in Kildare.
To recognise the importance of what we do, you must know that more than 70% of all medical decisions are based on an analysis of your blood. Using our innovative blood-science technology we can obtain a comprehensive profile of not only your body’s current health, but also your future health. This is the same for horses!
In the development of our own Equine Health Panels, we’ve learnt a thing or two. We know that athlete horses require extra attention as a result of intense physical exercise, and therefore monitoring what’s going on in their blood is vitally important.
To give an example, a reduction in the overall antioxidant status of your horse inhibits its body’s defence, and monitoring the Total Antioxidant Status is therefore an efficient way to determine the correct training plan and establish appropriate recovery times to maintain their wellbeing and to obtain better performance.
Evaluating the antioxidant status of athlete horses provides valuable information on the ability of the horse to cope with oxidative stress, and therefore preparedness for competition.
Many of you can tell a thing or two from just looking at the horse – but imagine how much more you can learn from looking at what’s going on in their blood. We’re the blood-science experts so we can share our knowledge with you, explain the importance of particular biomarkers and advise you what areas of your horse’s health you should be monitoring if you have particular concerns.
Let’s say for example your horse is undergoing intense training.
We would recommend monitoring their levels of Selenium. Selenium deficiency compromises cellular and muscle integrity, and if it is not dealt with in time, late symptoms will surface as work intolerance and poor hair coat. Deficiency effects on the muscle can cause cardiomyopathy, myositis (muscle inflammation), and white muscle disease. Earlier detection is key for this mineral biomarker. It is important to know whether this mineral will affect their current training regime.
Of course what your horse eats plays a huge role in their health too.
High quality horse feed is paramount for racehorses in particular whose speed, agility and most importantly, health, is dependent on them receiving all the nutrients they require.
Of interest in this area is the increasing presence of harmful mycotoxins.
These are naturally occurring moulds that develop on a variety of different crops including cereals, grains and fruit, and can cause a number of major health issues for horses such as problems with fertility, sports performance and malnutrition. There has also been a long-standing association between mycotoxin moulds and respiratory issues in horses, so it has never been more important to ensure the safety of what your horse is eating.
Randox Food Diagnostics is leading the field in mycotoxin screening, utilising the patented Randox Biochip Array Technology. This unique technology tests for ten of the most prevalent mycotoxins from a single sample – so that you can rest assured that the feed you give your horse is safe and mycotoxin free.
Hopefully you now have a flavour for the work that we do in the racing and veterinary industries to ensure the health and wellbeing of horses. Just as we promote a message of preventive health to racing fans, the same applies to the horses we love.