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CCBA Educates US Buyers On Endoscopes

Wednesday, 14th September 2005

In the US, the Consignors & Commercial Breeders Association (formed in Central Kentucky earlier this year) "has published a 20-page pamphlet about the pre-sale endoscopic evaluation of the throats of horses offered at public auction," reported bloodhorse.com. The organisation has given copies of Vet Work: Plain & Simple, What Is Scoping? to its members to distribute at their barns during the Keeneland September yearling sale. It addresses such topics as "the reason for endoscopic evaluations, the characteristics of a normal equine throat & the importance of getting 2nd opinions from veterinarians about throats". Committee member Bayne Welker said the CCBA started its education efforts with the endoscpic evaluation issue because "we felt it was the hottest topic we had to deal with at the yearling sales. It's a very subjective science. We've all had horses that scoped fine when they 1st came to a sale, but then, all of sudden, they didn't, whether it was because they were tired or it was a different part of the day."

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