Association of increased tracheal mucus accumulation with poor willingness to perform in show-jumpers and dressage horses

Widmer, A.; Doherr, M.G.; Tessier, C.; Koch, C.; Ramseyer, A.; Straub, R.; Gerber, V. (2009). Association of increased tracheal mucus accumulation with poor willingness to perform in show-jumpers and dressage horses. Veterinary journal, 182(3), pp. 430-5. Amsterdam: Elsevier 10.1016/j.tvjl.2008.08.015

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The objective of this study was to examine the association of pharyngeal lymphoid hyperplasia (PLH), recurrent laryngeal neuropathy (RLN), mucus accumulation (MA) score and tracheobronchial secretion neutrophil percentage (TBS-N) with rider-assessed performance in sport horses. Airway endoscopy scores, tracheobronchial secretion cytology, rider-assessed general impression and willingness to perform were investigated in 171 top-level sport horses. Increased MA appears to be associated with poor willingness to perform in sport horses. Older horses had decreased PLH scores and increased TBS-N. Mucus accumulation scores > or =3 were associated with increased odds (mean 9.92; upper and lower 95% confidence intervals: 1.5-64.6) of poor rather than excellent willingness to perform. A TBS-N of 20-50% compared with <20% was associated with decreased odds (median 0.11; upper and lower 95% CI: 0.02-0.66) of poor rather than excellent willingness to perform. In addition, horses with an RLN grade > or =2 had significantly higher odds for giving a poorer general impression and willingness to perform. This finding, however, must be interpreted with caution, since only two horses had significant RLN (grade > or =3).

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Equine Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DVK - Clinical Research (discontinued)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Experimental Clinical Research

UniBE Contributor:

Doherr, Marcus; Tessier, Caroline; Koch, Christoph; Ramseyer, Alessandra; Straub, Reto and Gerber, Vinzenz

ISSN:

1090-0233

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:25

Last Modified:

03 Feb 2015 09:50

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.tvjl.2008.08.015

Web of Science ID:

000272760000010

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38255 (FactScience: 220774)

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