More research should be done to precent racehorse injuries, a meeting held by the University of Glasgow has heard.
Tendon injuries are both exercise and age-related and affect up to 30% of Thoroughbred racehorses.
Although advances in stem cell techniques can repair damaged tendons in horses, trainers and owners claimed they would like more help preventing the injury and would prefer researchers to focus attention on prevention rather than a cure.
Janet Patterson-Kane, professor of veterinary pathology, said: “What researchers are focusing on is not necessarily what people want. We thought they would be interested in stem cell therapy and similar, but they’d rather not have to spend large amounts of money on treatments in the first place.
“Prevention, however, could make a bigger difference – for example, there have been success stories in general injury prevention through paying attention to things like race surfaces and animal welfare.”